Cruises have a reputation for providing lots of entertainment and abundant food, and this one is no exception!
Today was our first ‘day at sea’ with no port, as we sail from Sicily around the south of Italy and northward.
From an art auction to tango lessons, from a cooking demonstration (how to make lobster bisque) to card games, from computer classes to the expected game of bingo, there were plenty of things to do. Of course, just enjoying the fresh air at the pool or taking a walk around the track (13 laps = 1 mile) appeals to many passengers.
The bingo game was interesting. The numbers called were marked by pushing through the number, making “hanging chads” a reality for the passengers just as they were for Floridians a few years ago. The winner of the game was awarded the Club World Owner’s Suite for the remainder of the cruise, no small award at all. Needless to say, we had plenty of hanging chads but no winners in our group!
As we passed near the southern coast of Italy today, we saw a number of wind farms, just like those we see in the U.S. We also saw what appeared to be large areas of oil exploration and/or production, with huge generators and many smokestack structures (though we didn’t see any smoke). A few towns seen were nestled in the hills with high cliffs nearby.
And now to the “oink” title… We opted to dine tonight in one of the two specialty restaurants. There is a smallupcharge for these and I assure you, it was worth the fee. Aqualina is listed as American cuisine with a Mediterranean flare, and while there were many things on the menu that fit that description, five of the six of us opted for lobster.
Of course this was a multiple course dinner and each course was excellent. The lobster entrée was prepared steamed, broiled, or as lobster Thermidor. Wow! All were declared delicious. The sixth person had Osso Bucco and said it was equally delicious.
Before the entrees were served, guests were asked to select from the dessert menu so the desserts could be prepared fresh in a timely manner. Creme brulee and tiramisu were obvious choices, but the waiter recommended the soufflé, either chocolate or Grand Marnier. Taking his recommendation, most of us ordered and thoroughly enjoyed the soufflés, and the other sampled the tiramisu.
So now you can understand the comment when dinner was over… “oink” may be spelled A-q-u-a-l-i-n-a on the Azamara Quest!