Sometimes they had BBQ dinners by the pool. At one, I had an especially yummy sirloin steak whereas my friend enjoyed the grilled mahi-mahi. One night they had a fancy dessert buffet with some photos below
but I had my heart then set on the crepes suzette.
The usual fancy drinks that were constantly peddled were $8(after automatic tip) but at certain times and at certain bars, we could get them for $4.50 a piece. We were suckers for fancy drinks and spent much time agonizing over our choices.. We agreed to be in some bizarre exercise called Pool Games in return for a rum punch at the end. What is a little public humiliation in front of people we would never see again. One of the drills involved us running around the deck with a pool noodle between our legs passing it without hands to our teammates; another back paddling on a swimming ring 2 laps in the pool and another passing a t-shirt from person to person with our arms locked. We also attended cooking classes, how to make fancy drink classes, how to make towel animals along with listening to a string quartet and one fancy show in their big lounge. We watched The Help one night. We attended two teas though one was offered every day ( I love English teas). These were dangerous things for the overeater. One was an Indonesian tea with their special goodies (most of the ships crew was from Indonesia). Most of the time we just lounged around sometimes in a hot tub (less fun on a hot day) reading. We watched almost every sunset outside. The ship gave out too much light for star gazing. We would have a glass of wine before and after dinner. One night, our dinner companions for two of the dinners, a very pleasant gay couple, shared their champagne with us. We usually ate with interesting people. One was a couple who lived far north of Jasper, Alberta who hunted all their food from their front porch: moose, bear, elk. Lots of stories.
The bars were interestingly decorated. One was entered by going through a narrow hallway with Andy Warhol pictures of Marilyn Monroe lighting up as you passed. We went to the library a few times trying to look up wildlife that we saw. I would go there by myself when the sun was becoming too much for me.
Below is some of the decor:
We also had fun at the stores although this ship did not have as many as other ships I have been on did.We'd try a different perfume every night. This is how I discovered that the good deal at the Art Fair on J'adore was probably a fake. The liquor tasting was especially fun and led to us buying a bottle each of Marula fruit liquor from South Africa. Damned if the TSA agents at some point on the trip back didn't pry this box open and all my careful wrappings. I did declare it though and at least it came back unbroken.
Two formal nights..I do have fancy clothes but they take up a lot of space and my fancy shoes are all painful to walk in especially the distance the cruise ship required. Still I was underdressed lacking all the bling and sequins others had. I am not a bling person.