Day One: Boarding RCL Wonder of the Seas, January 2023
January 7, 2023
After we got off the GoPort shuttle and surrendered our luggage, we got into a huge line that snaked around like a Disney-line. When we got in the building, however, there was a separate line for Key Members and we were on the ship very quickly with no waiting anywhere
We quickly found the Main Dining room for our Key Lunch
I had the caesar salad, filet mignon and cheesecake, with coffee, of course.
Tom checked out the menu then copied my choices
The walls of the Main Dining room has an interesting texture
Even though our cabin was ready, we decided to go to the AquaTheater in the Boardwalk Neighborhood to do our muster drill. This one was the fastest, ever.
Next stop was our cabin 14332. I couldn’t get an aft cabin because of the AquaTheater (above) but I got pretty close!
First photos of our cabin:
There was NO coffee maker in the cabin. BOO and the steward didn’t bring ice after I asked. Tom had to ask again later. He finally remembered it most of the time.
It seemed fairly cold, so we turned the thermostat up and up.
First views from the balcony
Tom had a meeting in MDR at 3:30 so I may have taken a nap
Dinner at 9 in the MDR was tomato soup, prime rib and key lime pie. This was our last dinner in the MDR.
We walked around – listened to a big band playing on the Deck 5 Promenade and a guitarist in the Central Park Neighborhood,
Sunset, the first day. This was from the Solarium, starboard side. The portside was already dark
Day Two, At Sea – November 18
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.
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.
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.
Monday, November 18th, 2013
Today’s Forecast: Partly Sunny, 77F/25C
Sunrise: 6:19 am
Sunset: 5:02 pm
- The Copa Brazilian Churrasco: Things You Need To Know About Gaucho Style Barbecue (placesandfood.wordpress.com)
- Norwegian Jewel (en.wikipedia.org)