After the LA Harbor we started to get into rolling seas and, apparently overnight the first night, we went through a small storm area as the ship was rocking and rolling with some nasty “slaps” as we went over a a crest and down into the following trough. Those woke me up. I really can’t say how long I slept as it seemed like I heard the water slapping against the side of the ship all night long. Yet, suddenly I turned over, saw some sun peeking around the curtain, and the clock said 8:30am.
While the sea was calmer the second day the ship was still rocking and rolling some with the swells. We were cutting through them at an angle so the ship was always moving up and down front to back and side to side as well. Walking was more than just a stroll; one had to be very careful and try to stay near something to either hold onto or at least be used to steady oneself. I took a short video of the water in the pool. The ship has stabilizers but they are not as effective as they are on a larger ship. Did not expect that but seem to be coping as well as everyone else; well better than some as I’ve noticed some “bags” hanging in the elevators and around the ship just in case. 🙂
Unlike a river cruise where you can see the land on both sides, the ocean gives you little to see and take photos of. Likewise, the ship inside only has so many venues and some prefer photos not be taken. We’ll see how many photos I end up with after some of the excursions as that’s where the best shots will take place.
They do have activities on the ship but so far they are scattered and not always interesting for me. The third day’s schedule, which I just got as I write this, looks like there is more with the first formal night, the Captain’s Welcome Aboard party, and a few other featured events during the day. Plus, tonight we get an extra hour to sleep as this is the first time zone change with the clock set back an hour.
So far, food is good and plentiful. I use the buffet for breakfast and very much like the river cruise, have oatmeal with fruit on top, bacon and sausage, and maybe a couple of other small things with orange juice. No need for lunch but today went to the afternoon tea and in addition to the beverage we got little finger sandwiches and sweets and scones with butter and jam. Ate lighter for supper. The dining room is fine and the portions good so you have to be careful not to order course after course after course or you get way too much food. I’m at table 40 with a gentleman and his wife plus five single ladies. Six ladies and the two of us men; my harem, just like UVTO. 🙂
Some smart people on board too. Made it to the last half of the trivia game today and only managed a few of the questions. The winning team got 18 out of 20. Did you know that Iceland sold the DNA data for all of the individuals on the island for medical research? If you did then you got one of the questions right.
After two days and you asked if I would do this again, I’d probably answer no as I much prefer to go someplace and stay there for awhile to explore in detail. But, ask if it’s worth doing once then probably yes. It seems like it’s going to be a particularly interesting experience. More on that later once I see more than a distant horizon, some clouds, and a rolling ocean. 🙂