Day 2,3,4 – Jan 6-8
Cruising the Pacific –
Our first full day at sea was a mixed bag of pleasure and pain. Mona Liza was seasick most of the day, and I’m moving like a cripple since I seemed to have pulled my back pretty good while hauling luggage toward and around LAX (I think it was Mona Liza’s bag that did me in 😦
We think since this is a smaller vessel than the mega-ships, it’s more affected by the 10-foot waves and high winds. Despite her tummy and my back, we were able to roam around the ship and quickly get acquainted with its layout – especially the restaurants and walking track!
The next day was better weather and the good times really began. We’re participating in a few of the lectures and activities, but mostly eating and exercising, making sure to walk around our little floating paradise many times until we accumulate at least 10,000 steps daily. Our stateroom is on the 7th deck, and we always take the stairs between there and activities on the 2nd deck. There’s also a gym we plan to spend more time in soon.
Those walks are absolutely required because of the unbelievable food offered throughout the day. My goodness, we’ve never seen this quality of food on any other cruise or anyplace we’ve traveled for that matter. Not only does the ship have multiple restaurants with amazing offerings, but in addition there are “special” gastronomic gatherings each day. We were excited to show up at the King Crab salad bar for lunch one day, and at the Cobb Salad event the next. The service from everyone on board is typical of Viking – outstanding!
Here’s just a sampling:
Our stateroom is small but fine for us, we’re used to small spaces! The only issue is storing everything we had to bring for a 4-month stay. Mona Liza left me almost half of the closet and a couple of drawers for my things, as she jam-packed every other nook and cranny with hers. When she unpacked her luggage I couldn’t see the bed for several hours!
We’ve already met up with RV’ers/world cruisers Andy and Judi, whom we knew in advance would be on the cruise. We enjoyed dinner with this very interesting couple and had a great time. Judi was MonaLiza’s angel, as she gave her a Scopolamine Patch to alleviate her sea sickness. It’s working like a charm and my baby is smiling again, thanks Judi!
Some more pictures from around the Viking Sun:
We’ll post again in a few days as we approach our first stop – The Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia.