Friday was a “sea day” and our last day on the cruise. We had a relaxing morning. However Jeri didn’t want to stay in bed, she wanted to get up and get going. So we compromised and laid there only for 15 minutes. And as our usual routine, we watched “The Wake Show.”
After showering and getting ready, we got a coffee for Jeri and two fruit bowls plus a chocolate croissant at the International Cafe.
We stopped at the three-hour outlet sale where prices were up to 75% off. A lot of people were rummaging through Alaska memorabilia, clothes, $10 watches, $10 jewelry, and lots more. I heard one lady tell her husband, “This stuff is junk!” (We kind of knew that and didn’t buy anything.)
Later in the morning, we watched “The 60-Second Frenzy.” The cruise staff had fun party games with little prizes. One game was to get a balloon into a paper bag without using your arms or hands. Another was bouncing a ping pong ball into a stack of 10 cups. Each time you succeeded, however, you had to take a cup from the bottom of the stack and place it on top of the ball in the top cup.
For lunch, we had our first sit-down lunch of the cruise in the Da Vinci dining room. (Normally we would eat lunch at one of the buffets.) We sat at a table with two other couples. I had a veggie burger that was made from fresh vegetables. Although we started around noon, we didn’t finish until close to 1:30 PM. We ended up missing the ice carving demonstration which started at 1:00 PM. But we enjoyed lunch and visiting with others.
We then rested a bit in our room. I (Tim) took a nap. Jeri got a hot drink called “Double Chocolate Mocha Madness.” We watched an episode of the “Deadliest Catch” while we began the sad process of packing up.
Here’s a view of the atrium decorated for the final day. The volunteer choir was singing selections from “The Sound of Music.” (You can only see a few of the choir members at the very bottom of the picture.)
We went down to dinner at 5:30 PM. After enjoying another great meal, we got a photo with our waiters, Gary and Wilfredo, who served us supper each night during the cruise. Gary reminded us of Bob Hope–his looks plus his happy nature.
We finished the day with our last show of the cruise, “Matilda and Patrick Murray.” Patrick is a ventriloquist. A lot of “their” jokes were about cruising and traveling.
Tonight we visited with Darwin, our room steward. He heads back to the Philippines in a week. He has worked every day for nine straight months (the term of his contract). Now he gets three months off. He’ll go back and spend time with his young daughter. He’ll start another nine-month term in January. He has been doing this for 15 years. He’s seen the world but it is a tough life.
Cruise Days 1 and 2 – Departure and San Diego
Cruise Day 3 – At Sea
Cruise Day 4 – Cabo San Lucas
Cruise Day 5 – Loreto
Cruise Day 6 – La Paz
Cruise Day 7 – At Sea
Cruise Day 8 – Puerto Vallarta
Cruise Day 9 – At Sea
Cruise Day 10 – At Sea