It's a gorgeous sunny and nice warm morning to wake up to just as the Captain promised. We have a relaxing breakfast on the balcony having now mastered how to fill the order card in correctly. We are on the starboard side and have the sun streaming in. Its lovely and the sea today is like a mill pond. The map shows we still have a long way to go but there is a full day and night to sail before we reach Tallinn( we're almost north of Gdansk, Poland)
We spend the afternoon on the deck lying back enjoying the sun chatting and reading - its amazing how time just drifts away. It's soon time for lunch (great Indian meal for me ) and wine and blue moon beer (these wash down the Indian perfectly) followed by Camparis in the sun. There's lots to do but I think we will give the slides and the rope walking a miss until another day. More than happy to relax after yesterday and sit on the deck above the pool so we can watch the various bands on the outdoor poolside stage perform..
|Rope Course deck 17- you can walk the plank and stand 170 ft above the sea.|
|Deck 15 pool and stage from deck 16|
We have dinner booked in tonight at "The Bistro" always one of my favourites both on the Epic and Jade (who can resist the Mushroom Soup in the Bistro - its an NCL must do). However a small complaint - the food is great (as usual) the service excellent; but who on earth decided that this position on the Getaway was a great spot for what is suppose to be a premium restaurant - an interior room - seriously!! Now to be fair the one good thing the room does have going for it is it's small and cosy and therefore a nice quiet experience (though they can't seriously think that anyone would want to sit outside practically under the casino in what is basically a corridor pretending to be a street.
|Bistro - French restaurant|
The food though is excellent. Veal for me and Dover Sole for Jack - starters Crab and horseradish and of course the mushroom soup.We ate dinner quite early so it gave us some time to catch the end of the first show of Burn the Floor (yes the professional ballroom dance show I said I didn't like when we are on the Epic). Oddly I preferred it here. The sound in this theatre is much better (loud and powerful) and the live percussion comes across really well (it's just lacking that full live band though). Maybe the dancers and the staging was a bit better too. Did our usual trick of standing at the back so Jack can dance and I can pretend I can dance in the dark - Argentine Tango bring it on - oops another chair broken.
|Burn the Floor - Main Theatre|
Coming out of the dark theatre and wandering out onto the promenade deck we had forgotten that as we head further to the North the sunset is getting later and later. There's no land in sight at the moment though the cruise ship 'Viking Sky' can be seen a few miles ahead of us. Revitalised by the fresh air and inspired by watching the dancing we head off to the Fat Cats club to hear Into the Drift, who are great!
|Vikings ahoy - load the cannons|
I have to say the Japanese and Chinese (like the Italians and Spanish on Costa) take their dancing seriously. In fact they seem to be so focused about getting the feet and hand positions correct and cha cha cha ing to everything that I'm not even sure they can relax or hear any of the soul of the music, such is their concentration. I dont think Len Goodman would be pickling his walnuts to this but Bruno would say its entertaining to watch and they put my lack of effort to shame so they get a 10 for effort (note to self- remember to book dance lessons before next cruise - I probably said this after the Costa cruise)
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