Sea Days – Jan 17-20
We welcome sea days as a chance to catch up on laundry, culling pictures and of course blogging. Steve gets a break this time while I share our typical life on sea days:
After two weeks of cruising we’ve finally found our rhythm and routine. It took us a while to get used to not making our bed, cooking, washing dishes, going to the store or planning our next hike. While Steve thinks about Betsy often, we’re grateful that John and Pam are keeping an eye on her in Tucson for a few weeks.
Our eyes still grow big each time we see the food offerings for the next meal, but I’ve learned to tone down my portions. Steve continues to eat everything in sight, mostly healthy but large portions. The choices each day seem endless.
Our routine begins with a 6am walk on deck 2, completing up to 18 laps around the ship to achieve our daily baseline of 10,000 steps. We add many more throughout the day as we take the stairs up and down between deck 7 and deck 2 for various activities (we never use the elevators). On some days I use the treadmill at the gym while Steve works out. The treadmill has a video that simulates hiking, and with the incline set at a steep angle I get an excellent workout.
Next we hit the Nordic Spa and follow a Nordic bathing/detox routine – soak in the hot tub for a while, douse ourselves with a bucket of cold water, hit the steam room for as long as we can stand it, then enter the snow grotto where we rub ourselves down with snow. Finally, we soak in the hot seawater thermal pool until we tingle all over. We repeat these cycles until we’ve had enough, then a hot shower in the locker rooms to finish up. We’ve never felt so relaxed and my skin is smooth and silky!
Throughout the ship are pieces of artwork that we can learn about using a Viking app that offers a guided audio tour. The ship is a floating gallery, housing some of the world’s finest and most coveted Nordic works – some by Edward Munch, Norway’s most celebrated artist. We still have over three months to do our own tours one deck at a time, but we’ve already checked out the onboard Viking Heritage Museum to learn about the rich history and inspiring legacy of the Vikings:
Lining the stairwells are replicas of Bohuslan Petroglyphs on Italian Cardoso stone:
Every day has several activities on board, including enrichment lectures, playing bridge or mahjong, completing a huge zigsaw puzzle, line dancing, trivia and more. We often hang out at the Explorer’s Lounge to read, work on the blog or just gaze out at the ocean.
In the evenings before or after dinner we listen to the excellent resident entertainers, including the Viking Classical Duo and pianist Andras who is absolutely amazing. They alternate playing in the ship’s atrium while Edward Munch works are displayed on a large digital display..
A video clip of the resident pianist and his magical fingers, notice him looking all around but not at the keyboard:
When weather permits we watch movies under the stars on the pool deck. We just saw the movie “Yesterday”, an interesting film that Beatles fans might enjoy.
The night we left Bora Bora there was a French Polynesian celebration, where we were encouraged to dress up in Polynesian attire. The executive chef had set up a wonderful spread of culinary delights, and the ship’s officers and staff were grilling and handing out tons of delicious food. But the star of the party was displayed at the center, a huge Moonfish! We had never seen one before, and the best part was that we got to taste it, too. It was yummy!
As we departed Bora Bora after a fun-filled day, we were disappointed to learn that our next stop at Rarotonga in the Cook Islands would be canceled due to cyclone Tino, which was ravaging the area. We re-routed north of it to avoid the worst of the weather, and it’s a good thing we did because even then we were rockin’ and rollin’ in high waves for two days. When I was feeling queasy I stayed in the living room area located midship, where the movement was not as bad. In short, we had two pretty rough sea days. The good news is that we saw flying fish for the first time ever as we were cruising along, unfortunately they were gone before I could grab my camera 😦
Take a look at my video showing waves that banged into the ship and made it tremble:.
The setting sun gave us a fabulous show at the end of our sea days: