March 10, 2023

Day 7, A Sea Day

The skies remain clear and sunny. The temperatures are expected to be in the low 70's for most of the day. The seas are running 12 to 15 feet with large swells hitting our starboard bow.

Apparent winds across the deck are 45 to 50 mph. Pretty brisk to be outside. The solarum pool has been drained for safety reasons, the water was sloshing out and flooding the solarium deck. Spray from the waves keeps the outside walking area on deck 5 starboard side very wet.

The main pool remains open, but few dare go in it.  Three very young children, at least wearing life jackets, attempt to enter but are chased back by the sloshing water. Where any parent was is a mystery. I think eventually the lifeguard told them to leave the pool area but not sure.

Adrienne and Steve had bid up to a Grand Suite. The coffee pot did work, but was replaced. The replacement's cord was too short to reach the outlet and had the wrong type of electrical plug. When they finally got it to work, it only produced about an ounce of coffee. The drain for the tub broke when an attemt was made to open it.

With the more active seas, the sliding doors to the balcony would first open and then slam closed. The bathroom door would swing wildly, and cupboard doors and drawers would open and close. They laughed and chaulked it up to a unique experience. There was a conversation with the concierge host to arrange repairs.

The Pinnacle cruisers are  served a very nice lunch in the main dining room. I have the turf without the surf.  The tenderloin was perfect, one of the best meals of the cruise.  The few lobsters that were served looked quite large. There are 29 Pinnacle members on this cruise, I think everyone attended the luncheon. The captain and the other officers said a few words but did not join us for lunch as they have in years past.

I had often wondered, but had never heard, a fellow passenger relates that there are now just over 8000 Pinnacle members world wide in the Crown and Anchor Society, Royal's loyalty program. Since members are never dropped, I can only guess that the active number count is probably substantially less.

The seas are expected to remain the same until about midnight when we reach the west side of the Bahamian islands.

With lobster being served in the main dinng room tonight, they are way behind in seating my time dining guests. To the astonishment of us and our regular waiter and assistant waiter we are seated at a different table on the far side of the dining room. Three in our group have the lobster, myself and the others have a cheese tortellini dish.

We gather in the Vortex lounge, or Crown Lounge as it was formerly known, for an after dinner drink and to await the start of the production show. Much to my amazement the bar is rotating. I probably haven't seen the bar rotate on any Royal ship in over 10 years even though many were so designed. They have either been turned off, or broken.

But it didn't last long, by the time we left, it was stuck and the bartender was trapped in the center.

The production show was a tribute to West End and Broadway shows. Not spectacular, but OK. Unexpectedly about 5 minutes before the conclusion Pann and Terry leave without a word. 

The seas are begining to calm as the captain had predicted. Tomorrow we will be at Coco Cay, and fortunately the only ship there. I may actually venture off the ship.