Our first full day on the ship was spent completely at sea — and with the morning spent getting caught up on events at home. After getting breakfast served in the cabin, we made a beeline for the Internet CafÃ© on board in order to check email and see what was happening in D.C. We had two emails from Neil’s dad, one describing the situation with power and the car, and then the second (sent just after midnight) letting us know that power had come back on. Amelia and her grandmothers would be staying put in D.C., which came as a great relief.
With that out of the way, we could turn our attention to enjoying our vacation. While the weather continued to be a little “iffy,” we focused on the interior activities onboard. Geitra hit the spa for a manicure and pedicure, and Neil went to the “how to shop in the Caribbean” presentation on her behalf. Apparently, St. Thomas and San Juan are two of the biggest shopping areas in the world — with a heavy emphasis on jewelry. That wasn’t our focus for the trip, but it was nice to get some hints and coupons for free or cheap stuff!
That night was the first formal night on the ship, so we spent the afternoon getting our nice clothes unpacked and prepared for the evening. We made it to the Captain’s Reception cocktail party for that rarest of items — a free drink on a cruise ship — and then headed to one of the formal dining rooms for dinner. We had decided to do the “Anytime Dining” plan, which meant that we didn’t have an assigned group or table for our meals. The group at our table tonight was nice, and the conversation flowed well throughout the meal. After dessert, we ended up getting dessert number two in recognition of our recent 10th anniversary — a nice little extra.
We closed out the evening by heading to the shipboard theater for a performance of “Piano Man,” a song and dance tribute to piano artists like Billy Joel, Neil Sedaka, Liberace, and Elton John. The show was well done, although the Liberace segment was fittingly over the top. After all this activity, we collapsed into bed at the end of the night.