Thursday, May 5, 2016

Day 2 - at sea

Seadays are my favorite on cruises. At least on longer cruises. This cruise will be so long, we will enjoy both the ports and the seadays. Especially the ports we have never seen before.

Today we had a nice lunch in the Solarium Bistro, more relaxed than the big buffet, and I want to see the sea. (only negative is you have to eat with people in their bathrobes.. that feels a bit)... The other restaurants are on deck 4 and 5, and have limited view. We'll for sure get to try them out, we have 50 more days to go!

After lunch we enjoyed the balcony and cabin. I got some sleep (much needed) and we both got to read. I brought on board 2 bottles and some "single-bags" with wine, and Royal gives us some during our cruise. I am sure we'll have enough... they even gave us nice wine glasses! Thank you Royal!

Ovation of the Seas is the newest ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. They have done a lot of improvements from the other ships we have been on (we have never cruised this class - Quantum class) before. There is no main dining room, but several different restaurants. To book time for dinner - I have an app on my phone.. We can also book excursions and shows on that same app. Really cool. And if you don't have a smartphone, they have provided "iPads" (I don't know what they are) around the ship for people to use to book their stuff. It is really neat!  We had dinner in "Silk" - tonight, Asian food. Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian food. Everything was delicious! Our server was a  Chinese guy, and Per got to practice his Chinese. The server loved it, and gave us really personal and good service. We will for sure go here more often!

Since we are "Diamond plus" (because we have more than 175 nights on Royal-ships - we have more than 250 cruisepoints now I think) we can go to this lounge every evening for snacks and free drinks. Problem is - on this ship there is no bar in that lounge, and we like to meet people.  Only tables with chairs. Disapponted Royal! Put back the bar in the Diamond Lounge! Ask your guests, also many single travellers, they like to sit at the bar, easier to meet people! Not good Royal!

Towel animal from Darwin:

Well - tomorrow is Gijon, Spain. A new port for us, never been there!

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