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Note to Self – Cabin 9918 Aft

Cabin:  I splurged and spent an extra $400 for the Aft Balcony on the 9th floor, room 9918. It was a great investment. Our balcony was 150 SF, almost as large as our 170 SF room! We ate room service breakfast out there almost every day, and the sunrise views and sunset views took my breath away! The rocking sensation in the cabin made my bed feel like a crib, and I slept like a baby. My one complaint, I found the room to be noisy the last night when we were sailing into NYC and don’t know why it was so noisy that night but not the previous 6 nights. It sounded like grinding of equipment.

Great 150 SF balcony, that had room for 2 chaise lounge chairs, two tables and two chairs. The 170 SF room was well-appointed with plenty of shelves and storage areas. The beds were heavenly! We had a problem with our TV one day, but called for a repair and it was fine when we returned to the cabin 2 hours later. Our room steward, Christian, from Costa Rica was so nice and helpful. He got me an extra table on the balcony so we could have breakfast out there and have enough room to put out all the plates and coffee. He also got us down pillows. My only complaint was the room above us that seemed to move their balcony furniture often.

 

O’Sheehan’s is a great place to go for breakfast, the omelettes are great and the service is speedy. We ate there on the days we were going off the ship and unsure when we would be able to eat lunch. Garden Cafe was a madhouse, with not a single table available the one time I tried to go there for breakfast at 9am.

From http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=222879


 

huge balcony-almost size of cabin
3/4 sheltered ideal for weather protection
front 1/4 open to sun

if no sun loungers already there you can request them-there is more than enough room!

we loved that aft balcony


 

Norwegian Breakaway Cabin # 9918
Category B1 – Aft-Facing Balcony Stateroom

Norwegian Breakaway - Category B1 - Cabin # 9918
Stateroom #: 9918
Category: Category B1 – Aft-Facing Balcony Stateroom
Description: Balcony staterooms feature a private aft-facing balcony with amazing views, and include a king-size bed, bathroom with shower, spacious wardrobe, sitting area with sofa and vanity, and extra bedding that accomodates one.
Deck: Deck 9
Occupancy: Can accommodate up to 3 guests in this particular cabin
Accessible? No
Connecting? No
Window Type: Balcony
Stateroom Size:

226 sq ft sq ft*
*Square footage is not specific to this cabin, but rather as an average in this category type.

At Sea, Wednesday March 5 ~ Panama Canal Cruise

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Weather Forecast:  Sunny High 81 / Low 77

Sunrise 6:32 am / Sunset 6:06 pm

From the Navigator: After passing the Santaren Channel, Coral Princess will alter to an easterly course as we enter the Old Bahama Channel, which lies between the Great Bahama Bank and the Northern coast of Cuba.  We will continue to follow the north coast of Cuba before rounding Punta Maisi at the eastern end of the island.  We will then pass through the Windward Passage which lies between Cuba and Haiti.

I woke up about 8:30 and took a shower in that tiny shower stall.  A removable head shower would be better in tight quarters like that.

Tom was reading on the balcony. He’d brought me coffee, a croissant, banana and yogurt.  Nice!

After a bit of me writing this, Tom napping, we went up to Horizon Court for real breakfast.  We almost always sat looking out the windows over the bow.  It was such a nice view.

our-table

We wandered around a bit and went to the Wheelhouse where I’d planned to join the Princess Pop Choir.  Tom was going to wait but ended up knowing all the songs so he’s singing with us, too 🙂

wheelhouse

We’ll have rehearsals every sea day and a final show the last night.  James, the leader, said we’d get special pins to wear.  Oooh!

Our songs, complete with choreography, will be:

Oh, What a Night

Waterloo

Isn’t She Lovely

It’s Not Unusual

We Are the Champions (might not be in the final show)

Sweet Caroline

We Will Rock You

We will be wearing black and white (where have I heard that before?!?) and our pins.

I have some black shorts with me but I didn’t think that they were performance-ready so when we were walking around later, I bought some black capris (and a *few* other things)

We talked to one of the young crew members, Hannah from Southhampton.  We’d seen her at the show last night.  Turns out she lives right up the street from James but they’d never met until this cruise.

After choir, we wandered around a bit, toward the atrium and into a couple shops (see black capris, above) , watched a bit of “Goofy Golf” and ran into some folks Tom knows (Jim and Rosie).  Goofy Golf consists of hitting a golf ball down a stairway with a right turn and hill at the bottom.  The ball was supposed to go into a plastic cup…eventually.

Back to the cabin for some reading and email, Then I decided to go out to a deck to read, instead.

We sat by the Lotus Pool for a while, then out on the deck.  I think I rested my eyes in both places.

lotus

It was formal night but I didn’t feel like going to the bother so we just got a bit more dressy, but nowhere near formal.

We ate in the buffet, anyway, and the main meat offering was roast lamb.  Yummy!

We were a bit early for the show, but there was a string trio playing in the Wheelhouse across the hall.  We went in there – they were playing Mozart, Vivaldi, Ravel, Strauss but the thing that got to me was when they played Astor Piazolla’s Oblivion.

Several years ago, Alice and I were talking about skating and I mentioned that several of the skaters were using the music of Astor Piazolla.  She’d never heard of him so I played some of his music over the phone for her.  She immediately fell in love with his Oblivion and ended up buying the music for herself.

I couldn’t believe that this little group was playing this, another reminder of my Alice.

There are several versions of Oblivion on YouTube, none with string trios, so I liked this the best since it showed off a violinist:

We went into the show in the Princess Theater – it was completely full – so we sat in the 3rd row.  It was wonderful.   The show was called What a Swell Party and featured music of Cole Porter – how can you go wrong? I was just amazed at the talent the singers and dancers have.

After the show, we went out to see what was running on MUTS.  It was the end of Jobs and we stayed for the rest of that and into the beginning of the next showing.

After getting a glass of ice water, we went back to the cabin.  A reminder that we change our clocks forward tonight.

Lots of promising activities tomorrow, including choir practice.

And, on TV tonight – Great Expectations.  I loved that book.  The movie (2012 version), not so much.

I read about a paragraph of mine (Pigeonwings) before I fell asleep.

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