Today, we had a relaxing morning and afternoon, as The Vikings had no scheduled Baggo match, but we did squeeze in a Laundry Tour at 11:30. However, we had a busy evening, with white wine tasting immediately followed by Manny’s 2nd show.
Temperature: Mid 30’s C
Wind/Weather: Clear, with slight haze around the horizon, light/moderate winds
Clox: No change (Z+3)
We continued steaming NNW’ly courses through the Red Sea, at 14.6 kts
At lunch today, the galley fulfilled another couple of requests:
- Chilled beetroot soup, for Justyna, and
- Chilli, for Wally
Four of us enjoyed a fairly mild chilli burger and chips
Dinner this evening was just the 8 of us, as the officers were busy, and with schedules varying due to the Insanity Workout and Wine Tasting, we couldn’t all start at the same time.
I skipped the appy, going straight for the poached salmon, which is always cooked to perfection – so moist and flaky. Growing up, my favourite dessert was Trifle (home-made), and while each British family had some minor differences, it is basically similar. Although Judi & I have mostly avoided desserts, ever since joining in L/A, every time I see Trifle on the menu, I do have to try it.
Sadly, we again received a Chef’s adaption of a traditional British recipe, which I did try, but found it incredibly sweet and missing the custard layer and sherry. Will definitely be making a real trifle once we get home and out of quarantine. After a quick Google search, Nigella’s recipe is close to what I know as British Trifle.
08:00 Spa Opens
09:00 Temperature Check
09:30 Baggo – Housekeeping received a default win, as Deck were too busy
10:00 Lectures – Various taped lectures in Cinema 1, until 16:00
10:00 Ted Talks – Space, various discussions in Cinema 2, until 16:00
10:30 Baggo – Giants v’s Raptors
11:30 Laundry Tour
17:45 Easy listening in Atrium, with pianist Andras
18:00 Insanity Workout
20:00 White Wine Tasting
21:00 Manny’s 2nd Show – “La Voce Volante”
22:00 Viking Band play on Pool Deck
We had a bye today, but there were two great matches today, especially the Restaurant Raptors v’s Galley Giants. The Raptors bring their own cheerleaders, who even have pompoms. After Round 1 it was a dead heat, after round 2 the Raptors were ahead by 35 and during round 3 it remained a close match. With 1 thrower each remaining, the Raptors were ahead by 60, but the Giants were 40 ahead with the Raptors having the last throw of the match. A bulls-eye, or blue zone would have won it for the Raptors, but sadly it hit the blue and bounced off. Great come-back win for the Giants.
Standings after 2 matches:
Team Played Points Percentage
The Vikings 2 4 167.3%
Beverage Bulldogs 2 4 118.9%
Engineering Eels 2 2 111.1%
Restaurant Raptors 2 2 105%
Housekeeping Hurricanes 2 2 89%
Galley Giants 2 2 80.9%
Explorer Extremes 2 0 65.9%
The Laundry Manager picked us up in the Atrium, after baggo, then we headed down the fwd crew lift to “B-Deck”. An amazing high-tech facility, with all the best equipment. On entering, they have 3 large washing machines (200 lb capacity each) and 1 smaller machine of about 130 lb capacity. Immediately in front of the washing machines was an amazing machine that dried and even folded the sheets. Set at a temperature of 165C, the staff fed a washed sheet onto the roller and by the time the sheet exited the machine, it was dry and folded. Unfortunately, towels were all folded by hand.
At the other end of the laundry was the pressing and dry cleaning stations. For pressing they have the old manual boards, but also some high-tech machines with foot-pedals, vacuums, steam and pressure.
A most impressive 1/2 tour prior to lunch.
This was set up in Chef’s Table, so was a short walk from Manfredis, after dinner. We had 5 white wines to taste:
- Castell (France) Chardonnay
- Pinot Grigio (Italy)
- St Michelle (USA) Chardonnay
- St Michelle (USA) Riesling
- Another sweet white wine
Neither Judi or I cared for the two sweet wines, with our favourite being the Castell Chardonnay.
Manny’s Show – “La Voce Volante”
This was a completely new show that Manny has developed with the band and technical team. It was very different from the high energy, rock music from Josh a few nights ago. This was more traditional classical, opera and theatre music. An excellent show. with Josh and Tobias joining him for the “Rat Pack” songs. Enjoy some photos from the show.