Day 4–Sat. Jan. 8, 2011–At Sea

     Captain Olav van der Waard was born and raised in The Hague, in the Netherlands.  With a background in sailing and traveling, as well as being intrigued by the technology of the modern merchant marine, Olav decided to study at the Maritime Academy in Rotterdam.  He switched from cargo ships to cruise ships in 1993 and bcame Captain in 2002.

     This morning had an introduction to the watercolor classes with Carol and Marie.  About 50 showed up, so they will have classes at 9 am and 1 pm in Club HAL.  In the rooms near Club HAL you could see all the empty suitcases piled up.  They couldn’t fix our suitcase so they will purchase us a new one.

     Ray went to find out where the group will be playing cards and I went to get ready for the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet.  Bruce made an announcement this morning with the change to the Crow’s Nest.  Some didn’t hear it because they were in the Lido.  77 that were registered and 9 new folks attended.   We also met the Hotel Manager, Henk Mensink, Cruise Director Bruce Scudder and the Beverage Manager, Willy Tubog.  We were treated to Mimosas.  For some, this is their 10th World Cruise.  It was too large a group to go around and introduce everyone, but they do want me to set up a day for lunch.  It was a good meeting.

     After a lunch in the Lido, Ray went to play cards with the CC Group and I went to the Champagne Ring Toss.  Grand dollars are only given out if you win an activity and today I did not ring the bottle.  I spent the rest of the afternoon reorganizing from the CC meeting and I finished my book.  Tonight is the first formal and we had to get ready early for the Captain’s Champagne Welcome Reception in the Queen’s Lounge at 4:30 pm.  Lobster tail was on the menu tonight.

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Christine and Willy                              Ray and Susan

     The highlight of the day was seeing Mitzi Gaynor in her one woman show, Razzle Dazzle My Life Behind the Sequins.  She sang, danced a little and told us stories.  She looks great and even changed from her Sailor Suit to gowns and 4-inch heels.  It was a most enjoyable evening.  I followed the rules and did not bring my camera.  I didn’t even get any pictures and the M&G this morning.

     When we returned to the cabin there were gifts for us on the bed.  We each received a log book to record our memories of this voyage and a card case to hold our stateroom key card and also the currency card we receive for each upcoming port of call.

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Today is a gift, that is why they call it the present. –Anonymous-

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