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Day Two, At Sea – November 18

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I woke up about 6:30 and sat out on the balcony writing yesterday’s blog post with the help of the Freestyle Daily newsletter.

We’re definitely off the river now but it’s still pretty calm.  Some seaweed floating by – there might be a storm somewhere.

About 9:30 or so we went to the Garden Cafe for breakfast – and ate too much!  A woman with a major Cushing’s-looking hump went by.  I didn’t see her face but I’ve been looking for her since, just in case. We walked up to the 13th deck, the Sun Deck and wandered around.

I had signed us up for the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet and I was sure that it was at 11:00 am in the Star Bar on the other end of 13 but when I looked at my phone, the time said 10:00 so I was sure we’d missed it.

We sat on 12 of a while, by the pool, just relaxing and decided to go shopping.  I needed some glue for one of my sandal soles that was leaving the rest of the sandal.

When we got up, I saw a guy in a Cruise Critic tshirt and we followed him to the elevator.  He was going to the Meet and Greet!  I guess my phone compensated for the difference in time zones and we hadn’t missed it.

We got to the Star Bar and signed in just before about 10 officers came in.  The heads of the various departments were introduced and answered questions.  We got their phone numbers in case of problems.  We were able to sign up for dinner with one of them on Cayman Island night.

Left there and went shopping.  On the way, I saw that no one was at the restaurant reservation desk.  We signed up for Brazilian Churr-whatever for tonight at 7:30.  We’d always wanted to try that.  This was a perfect opportunity at only $20 each.

Tomorrow night we go to the Mongolian Hot Pot.  We did that before when Michael was with us and loved it.  We’re looking forward to experiencing that again.  As an aside, I am the only person I know (or have heard of) who owns her own personal Mongolian hot pot.  It makes a great conversation starter at dinner parties.

Finally got to the store.  I found my glue and we got a couple tshirts, one on sale.

Up to the cabin.  I was reading and suddenly it was quite a bit later.  How did that happen?

Out on the balcony, I finished my first book Midnight at Marble Arch: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel, by Anne Perry.


Started City of Dark Magic: A Novelby Magnus Flyte.  I love having all my books on a Kindle.  So much easier than carrying a suitcase of books!

 

Back up to 13 for Tom’s meeting and I read out on the deck, same as yesterday.

The sunset was so glorious again. Looking out at it, it looks like you can get a glimpse into heaven.  I said a few words to God and reminded Him to take good care of my Alice.

It got chilly after 5:00 pm, same as yesterday.  Maybe tomorrow i’ll remember to take my hoodie.

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We stopped by the grill to see if they had bratwurst and sauerkraut like they did last time, but no 😦  Probably just as well.  That was a daily occurrence before.

We did get burgers, fries and stuff to tide us over until dinner at 7:30.

Back to the cabin/balcony.  Tom napped, I read.

I got semi-dressed up since it was what passes for formal night here and we headed out.  We thought we were following the signs to Moderno, Brazilian Churrascaria but ended up in a long hallway of cabins.  Back to the elevators and tried again.

We ended up in a horseshoe shaped area, in a bar.  We stood there for a few minutes and finally had to ask for help.  The waitstaff indicated we should be on the other part of the horseshoe so we went across the connected part.  I’m sure these all have names but I have no idea what they would be.

We got to what turned out to be the back of Moderno but we didn’t know that.  Another waitperson said we were in the wrong place and we needed to go up to the hostess station at the horseshoe tip.  Sheesh!  We followed their signs.

Came up behind the hostess and kind of surprised her, I think, but she took us to our table.  Folks explained us things to us as we were going but I missed the info about the tongs.

Excellent salad bar with Brazilian and other exotic selections.  Brazilian seafood chowder and bean soup.  I had the bean soup due to my seafood allergies.

I used the tongs for the little round parmesan bread balls.  No problem.

Turned the little card to green to let the gauchos know we were ready for the 10 different types of  meat to start appearing.

The first one was 2 kinds of sausage.  One was Spanish chorizio, the other Portuguese something.  I tried both and they were both good.

Then, chicken legs marinated in lime juice and chicken breast wrapped in bacon and maybe marinated in something.  I just had the leg.  The gaucho had trouble getting it off the skewer (maybe wrong term for this) so she indicated I should take it.  I used my fork.  Should have used the tongs.  Oh well – next time!

Pork rib with BBQ sauce and marinated in red wine.  I had trouble cutting it but what I could get was very tasty.

Various cuts of been including sirloin and filet minion.  All wonderful and so tender.  No fork needed.

We could have made an evening of this, one meat at a time.  I was already stuffed and wanted a dessert so I flipped my card to red.  Stop the meat!  I missed out on the lamb but it had to be.

Mango rice pudding for me made with tres leches.  I had thought it would be like Mango Sticky Rice.  Similar but different.  I liked it and it would be a new favorite of mine had I never had the sticky rice version.

Back to the cabin. Our steward had left us a towel animal.  Tom thought it was a rabbit.

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I changed my clothes, mainly to lose the heels and back out .  We saw our steward and I thanked him for the rabbit.  He said it was a bulldog.  Oh, well!

Out on deck.  We wandered around a bit then back to the cabin.

I read (and napped) for a while as Tom went online.  Then, it was close to midnight so I did my Pender website work.

Then, actual bedtime.

Tonight we change our clocks forward one hour.  Easy for us since we never set our watch the hour back when we got to New Orleans.  We’ll be on time again rather than automatically always subtracting an hour.

The show tonight was Band on the Run with music from the 70s.  We didn’t go.

Did You Know?

The Norwegian Jewel was completed on August 4, 2005 by Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenberg, Germany after 2 years and an estimated cost of $420 million.

The Norwegian Jewel’s maiden voyage started in Europe on August 10, 2005

Approximately 1,200 crew representing over 60 nationalities work on board

1,000 gallons of paint were used to cover the  Norwegian Jewel’s exterior and an additional 3,000 gallons for interior surfaces

There are 12 passenger elevators and 10 elevators for guests and crew.

Today’s Stats:

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Today’s Forecast:  Partly Sunny, 77F/25C

Sunrise: 6:19 am

Sunset: 5:02 pm

New Orleans, Day Two

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Up fairly early again with no plans for the day.  I got yesterday’s blog post done, Tom checked email…just like at home.

We decided to take the streetcar to Canal, walk for about half a mile, then take the streetcar that runs along the banks of the Mississippi.

We did that until we got close to the riverfront.  I showed Tom where the paddlewheel was docked, as well as the Carnival Elation that was loading up for it’s next cruise.

We decided to go on the Creole Queen and got tickets for the afternoon trip to the Chalmette Battlefield.  While we waited, we walked up the dock a bit and got this picture of the paddlewheel

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Paddlewheel on the Creole Queen

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This was the American Queen steamboat. This is an overnight cruise that goes up and down the Mississippi.
From their website “There’s no more unique way to enjoy a Mississippi river cruise and experience the history, heritage and culture of America’s heartland than a voyage aboard a genuine steamboat like the American Queen. Stroll through charming towns and vibrant Mississippi river cities. Explore historic ports of call like New Orleans, Natchez, Mark Twain’s Hannibal, Chattanooga and Pittsburgh, just to name a few. Along the way, you’ll learn about the great events and people that have contributed to America’s history and culture.”

It was raining a bit so we decided to go in the old Riverwalk.  It’s mostly closed now for renovation – they’re putting in outlet stores, reopening sometime in 2014.

The Hilton conference rooms are still there, though, so we bought some snacks and used the restroom.  Of course, we got coffee.

It was time to board so we went back to the dock.  The first thing they did was take our picture – then make us get rid of the coffee.  Who knew we wore so much blue?

Creole Queen.  The coffee is soon to go :(

Creole Queen. The coffee is soon to go 😦

This cruise had a lot of young kids on it, to celebrate Nadya’s 6th birthday. Fortunately, they mostly celebrated in the Queen’s room a couple decks lower than us.

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Another boat on the river

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Docking at Chalmette Battlefield

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Not a care in the world. Should we move for this boat? Naaah

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Folks were practicing old-timey dancing for some event coming up in January.

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More dancing

Right after this, all those kids came running off the boat, interrupting the park ranger who was telling us about the Battle of 1812.

The dancers taught some of the kids the dance they were doing and some kids were playing cards in the kitchen.

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Heading back

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Still heading…

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The birthday flag for Nadya’s party

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The Steamboat Natchez Dinner Jazz and Daytime jazz cruises … run daily, year round, in the style of authentic steamboats in New Orleans for centuries!

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The Carnival Elation starting a cruise to the Caribbean

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Waiting for the streetcar to take us along the Mississippi to the French Market

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We took the streetcar to the French market, had to get off and got right back on.  Off at Canal Street, transferred to a new streetcar.  Off to  get on the final streetcar for St Charles there (we’re getting good at this!) but there was a CVS on the corner and we decided to get more back medicine.  I sure hope I don’t need that.  I took only 4 pills down from 6 the day before.

Back home and a nap.  Hooray!  I’ve taken extra Cortef both days just to help.  I doubt I would have gotten as far as I did through the days without it.

When I woke up, about 10:00 my back pain was gone.  Hooray!

I most likely won’t be posting daily updates from the ship unless they have really good WiFi or my hotspot works really well.  Maybe when we’re docked a a port – we’ll see.

Tomorrow, the 17th, we board the Norwegian Jewel.  I’ll post lots of pictures and commentary when we get back.  Hopefully, no more back pain comments!

Beach Buddies

MaryO

 

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