Day 30–Fri., Feb. 4, 2011–At Sea

     Another beautiful day at sea!  It’s hard to believe it’s been a month already.  In watercolor class we started designing our own design to put on tapa cloth.  We will paint it tomorrow.  We did target golf in Wii.  Ray went to listen to B. G. Duke and I went to see if I won the globe drawing.  I lost, so joined Ray in the Queen’s Lounge.  We bought his DVD that shows lift-off and footage from the moon.

     Ray went to Bocce Ball and Hockey Slap Shot and I colored my hair.  I won’t need a haircut in Auckland as I thought I would.  In crafts we made earrings with Acai beads from the Amazon.  I chose green so I would have green for St. Patrick’s Day.  We finished all the songs in HAL Chorale.  I took some pictures of some of the art on the ship.

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     Tonight was formal night – Chef’s Dinner.  The Starter choices were:  Papaya Liner Pate de Fie Gras, Malossol Caviar on a Half Egg and Salmon Tartar, and Oysters Rockefeller.  Soups & Salad included:  Essence of Roasted Mushrooms, Veloute of Asparagus with Grape Seeds Oil, Chilled Mango Gazpacho, and Mixed Greens.  The Entrees included:  Grilled Jumbo Shrimp Salad, Whole Wheat Spaghetti Puttanesca, New England Broiled Lobster Tail, Seared Fillet of Barramundi, Tournedos Oscar, Roasted Sirloin of Lamb, Coq a Vin, and Baked Vegetable Samosa.  For Dessert we had a choice of:  Bourbon Street Pecan Pie, Peppermint Chocolate Soufflé, Cappuccino Bombe, Chocolate Mousse Tort, Peach Melba Sundae, Cherries Jubilee Flambé, Friandises, Toll House Chocolate Chip or Black Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream Pineapple Sorbet, Frozen Chocolate Yogurt, and Strawberry Cheese Cake or Mint Chip No Sugar Ice Cream.  I can only tell you this because they gave us the menus for a souvenir.

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     The entertainment tonight was Encore, a contemporary evening of the classics featuring the Amsterdam’s own soprano Julie Bell and tnor Paul Avedisian.  Our gift tonight was a set of two mighty bright flexi thin magnifiers.  At least they will be easy to carry home.

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Patience and perseverance have a magical affect before with difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. – John Quincy Adams -   (This quote they gave us on our nightly card makes no sense to us, there must be a typo somewhere.)

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