4/7/19 – Sunday
Our luggage was picked up from our hotel room at 9:30, then we went to the Queen Victoria Building to enjoy our breakfast. We met our transport bus at 11. There they stamped our Cruise boarding passes with “Priority” because we used the Holland America transport package which included our hotel. As we were speeding through the boarding process John realized he couldn’t find our “Sea Passes”. These cards serve as our ID and credit cards for the entire trip. As they worked to find them, then made replacements, he found them in a pocket he didn’t consider! Of course we checked out our cabin right off. Our luggage had even already been placed inside our room! I noted that our steward was an “eager beaver”, and so he and his assistant proved to be.
Sea Day – on our way to New Zealand
4/8/19 – Monday
Up at 7 am because I wanted to do the Stretch and Release exercise class, then we both went to a computer class on Windows 10. After lunch we learned how to make Pad Thai in the “Test Kitchen”. This is from the Test Kitchen TV show, based in Boston. On our ship we enjoyed a real person demonstrating in an actual kitchen. We watched the movie “Second Act”, then I had a nap. We had our Gala dinner when we dress up fancy and get a special menu). It included escargot (John loves this), tenderloin steak and chocolate souffle for desert. Updated Note: We had signed up for a permanent dining time of 5:00pm at a table for 8, thinking surely several people would be joining us consistently. Two people came to our table on the first night but declared they didn’t know how they got this assignment – they liked late dinners and flexible times. We never saw them again. This night another 4 came (2 couples that knew one another). They noted that they thought they’d be sitting together at their own table. We never saw them again. So much for company!
Off to bed, we spotted our next day’s activities which included a note to set our clocks ahead 1 hour.