Relaxed.

Enjoying the afternoon on the balcony with a book and a cup of coffee. It’s in the upper seventies but a nice breeze and just a little motion in the ocean.

After our walk and a shower I had an early and light lunch,- made a salad and had the pool grill make me a piece of delish tuna to top it.

Then joined some CruiseCritic friends to form a trivia team, “The Sore Losers”….which was a very apt name! Do you know the oldest letter in the English alphabet? How bout which Beatle was the first one across Abby Road on the album cover? We missed those and four more. We did get this one right: What die medieval Spanish girls put in their mouth to protect them from being unwanted kisses? First one with three correct answers wins!

If a nap doesn’t overtake us, we are planning on going to afternoon tea (hence no breakfast and the light lunch). We are going today as we have reservations at the Chef’s table tonight where the portions are petite, so hopefully we won’t be overstuffed.

Relaxed

Enjoying the afternoon on the balcony with a book and a cup of coffee. It’s in the upper seventies but a nice breeze and just a little motion in the ocean.

After our walk and a shower had an early and light lunch, made a salad and had the pool grill make me a piece of delish tuna to top it.

Then joined some CruiseCritic friends to form a trivia team, “The Sore Losers”….which was a very apt name! Do you know the oldest letter in the English alphabet? How bout which Beatle was the first one across Abby Road on the album cover? We missed those and four more. We did get this one right: What die medieval Spanish girls put in their mouth to protect them from being unwanted kisses? First one with three correct answers wins!

If a nap doesn’t overtake us, we are planning on going to afternoon tea (hence no breakfast and the light lunch). We are going today as we have reservations at the Chef’s table tonight where the portions are petite, so hopefully we won’t be overstuffed.

Last Sight of Land

We just left Sint Maarten headed for Funchal. ETA April 6 at noon.

Had a nice included bus tour of the island. We bought some gin and vodka at the dutyfree and rode a carousel…Neither of us could remember the last time we were on one.

There were seven ships docked: Holland American, Carnival, Seaborne, Royal Caribbean, Windstar and Sea Clipper. I’d really like to take a Windstar cruise sometime.

Loved seeing the fresh flowers being taken aboard Seaborne.

We are off to do a couple of laps on the promenade and then I’m aiming for the spa, but pool and or nap may call instead. Such tough decisions!

Aboard!

After breakfast at the Hyatt Place Hotel this morning, about 10 am we ubered to the Pan American pier (it’s the one that isn’t in old town where cruise ships typically dock when on a port call). We dropped our luggage, checked in and got our key cards-there were maybe 10 other people doing the same and at least 30 agents waiting to go to work.

We then ubered to Old Town San Juan with the intent of taking the free tourist trolley. Unfortunately it was out of service but they had a golf cart replacing it! We rode almost one loop and stopped and walked along the base of the city fortifications through the flower and sculpture garden to the beautiful fountain on the waterfront. While there, Silver Seas Yacht Club Silver Spirit made her way to the pier.

We left downtown around noon, and headed back to the ship. There were a few more folks checking in but the guests were still greatly outnumbered by the clerks waiting to go to work!

The Restaurant wasn’t open for lunch today so we headed to the World Cafe (buffet) for lunch. We were greeted there with a glass of bubbly to welcome us onboard.

Mike and I ate a light salad and had some grilled to order shrim…ahem….prawns. Lois however wanted to try it all! 😂

About 1:40, they announced everyone’s rooms were ready so we did a tour of the upper public levels of the ship (pool, wintergarten, Explorer’s Lounge) as we headed towards the bow. We then went to our respective rooms and unpacked. Mike and I are finished and Lois is “almost”. Once she finishes, we will go explore the public areas on Decks 1 and 2 before the muster drill at 5.

San Juan

Landed a little early in San Juan and got to our hotel about 9 pm. Tired after a long day but glad to be here.

It was nice to have some space on the 2 hour flight from Miami but dinner left a little to be desired.

Salad, salty twice (maybe thrice?) baked potato and salty rubber chicken with a hint of salty mushroom sauce and a dry wheat roll. #FirstWorldProblems. Thankfully the white wine was nice and not at all salty. The predinner hot nuts and G&T were tasty as was the post dinner hot snickerdoodle cookie (biscuit for my British followers) with a glass of Bailey’s!

We intend to leave the hotel by 10 or so in the morning and drop our bags at the ship and then show Lois around our 51st state before boarding the ship in the early afternoon. So I’m off to bed!

Aboard!in

Just boarded our ride from Miami to San Juan. So far been a smooth trip-spent a couple of hours enjoying a mojito, nachos, and shrimp tacos at Corona Beach Club courtesy of our PriorityPass. Not as nice as a lounge but better than sitting at the gate!

Happy with my window seat and all the legroom. Lois has a similar seat on the opposite side of the plane and Mike is across the aisle from her.

Got plenty of storage but not sure what to use it for given the 2:40 hour flight. But would be really nice for the return from Rome!

On our way!

We had an easy drive from Danville this morning and arrived earlier than we had intended. Can you tell which suitcase is Lois’ bag? 😂

We are safely at RDU waiting for our flight. Unfortunately we are #7,8,& 9 on the wait list for First and 8 out of 8 seats are sold on that cabin so the chance we will end up in the front of the plane are slim and none. 😢. #FirstWorldProblems

Upgrade!

I keep hoping that Viking is going to email us with an upgrade to a penthouse stateroom (slightly larger, comes with liquor in the fridge that gets replaced daily and free ironing and shoe shines) alas, while others on our rollcall have been upgraded, we haven’t. 😢

BUT, we when we checked in for our flights tomorrow we found out our request for upgrades had been confirmed-at least for the Miami to San Juan. I had requested the flight we are on because it is a 767 widebody with lie flat seats. While we won’t need them, it does mean we will have lots of room and dinner. Now if the upgrade from Raleigh to Miami clears we will be golden. This is especially true since the airfare was “free” or at least included in our cruise price. We got the upgrades by responding to an email offer from American earlier in the year-the had a promotion to give us “Gold” status and ten 500-mile upgrade certificates each. So we are pleased that for at least some of our flights we will be in comfort! Keeping our fingers crossed that our request for an upgrade for the loooong flight from Rome to Philadelphia gets approved. That one won’t be free but for 25,000 points and $350 we think being in comfort for 11 hours will be worth it. 🤞

We leave Danville at 8 am tomorrow-Lois’ boytoy is driving us to Raleigh and our flight boards a little after 11 am. We have a long layover in Miami before we leave for San Juan. We are scheduled to land at 8:17.

@AmericanAir @VikingCruises

3 Days!

Three days from right now we should be pulling out of San Juan Harbor. We finished packing today, that’s probably the closest to departure we have ever done that…remember last year when we had it packed three weeks before we left? 😂

I guess the 7 months on the road helped us learn how to do it quickly. It also taught us that we didn’t need everything we packed the first time. Last year we both had our rollaboards expanded and a full backpack a piece. This year, everything is in the rollaboards and they aren’t expanded. We do have our Porto cloth daybag (it’s the beige bag on top of the suitcase just in case we discover something that should have been inside. The blue thing is a self inflating seat cushion. There is another in Mike’s suitcase. We will be flying back in economy if our upgrades to business (25k points + $350) don’t come through-I don’t have much hope they will. 😢 This will be the first time in 10 or more years flying long haul (11 hours) in economy. I had sworn I wouldn’t ever do it, but it was hard to pay for it when Viking included it in our cruise fare. So hopefully the cushions which come recommended by a bunch of frequent flyers will prove to be worth their $14 price tag….I’m really sorta hoping by toting them will cause us to be upgraded…you know how when you take an umbrella it never rains but if you forget then it pours?😁