It seems like a missed blessing to have made it back to the ship last night. We love sea days but we are also missing the excitement of exploring on land. If the enrichment and the food were better on the Millennium I think we would be enjoying the ship more.
Our room stewards Danilo (from the Philippines) and Franklin (from Dominica) may be enjoying our days away from the ship too. They seem very relaxed and it must be little easier for them to coordinate their schedules with so many people gone on the overnights. We chatted with Franklin for a few minutes this morning. He does a great job and is very friendly and considerate.
Today the weather is cloudy and the seas are a little rough with swells at 6.5 feet. We are currently cruising at 20 knots. It is warm with a high of 87 F. We looked at the program to see if there were any events we were interested in attending. There were a couple lectures but we decided to pass.
I went to gym for a brief 25 minute run on the treadmill. The room was very busy but I only had a short wait for a machine. Unfortunately the one I was trying to use would not switch from metric to English so I had to change to another one. I always bring my earphones, seapass, scrunchie for my hair and water. Since we are in Aquaclass we get complimentary bottled water. Those in regular staterooms have to purchase it unless they brought their own from shore. I really think water should be free for everyone in the gym.
I managed to get through my workout and went back to change and go to breakfast. We are getting tired of the Oceanview so for a change we decided to have breakfast in Bistro On Five. We both ordered breakfast crepes. I also.had green tea and my mother ordered coffee.
|Bistro on Five|
We had a very nice conversation. We also discussed with her flights and the dreaded Atlanta airport as she recently flew back to join the ship in Singapore directly from South Africa. She got to avoid Atlanta and recommended we try transiting through Washington Dulles instead. We enjoyed our talk and our crepes.
While we were eating we noticed a barge going by.
We left and went down stairs to deck 3 to speak with Jennifer, the Concierge about our arrival in Saigon tomorrow. The Christmas trees look very pretty in the lobby.
Jennifer is so delightful. We asked what time we could expect to depart the ship tomorrow in Phu My, Vietnam and she said hopefully close to 7:00 am. I also asked for some demographic info on our fellow passengers in case anyone reading the blog is interested.
The top six nationalities and number of passengers represented onboard are:
Great Britain: 227
United States: 784
I thought there would be a lot of Australians on board. Many of them are new to Celebrity as they only recently started offering itineraries for Australia and New Zealand on Solstice, and now the Millennium for Southeast Asia, East Asia plus a transpacific.
As it was not that sunny we went back to the room and I sat out on the balcony and read one of my guide books on Hong Kong. I brought 4 of them with me. I have a tendency to obsess with travel info. This is the only place I have not pre-planned for our visit. We will be there in 8 days so I have time to prepare. It was nice sitting outside and it was not hot.
My mother went to look in the shops and purchase some of the little silk bags which are only $1.00 each. They are very cute and good for jewelry and other small objects.
It was hard to believe but a few hours later it was time to each again. We walked out the aft door and down the stairs to the terrace on Deck 10 to get to the Oceanview. The easy access from the stairs is great! Even mother will walk down. You can see the stairs in the photo below.
|Our stateroom is the second one to the right|
We did not do much the rest of the day except relax in the room. I read and mother took a nap. I wish we were a bit more active but it is also nice to relax from all the walking in Bangkok.
We are having dinner in Qsine tonight. This will be our first time dining at this restaurant on any Celebrity ship. There is an additional cost to dine her of $40.00 per person. During the renovation in April 2012 Qsine was added to an area on deck 11. Since we are aft on deck 11 we either have to walk outside to get there or we can go down a deck and then back up. We decided to walk outside however when you enter the restaurant this way you are in the back and need to walk to the front reception area to be seated.
We had a table more toward the reception area. The a/c seems to be separate in the front and the back. It was a little hotter in our area and we were closer to the kitchen. As many know, the Qsine menu is presented on an iPad. It is very easy to use and nice to see read a full description of what you are ordering.
Tonight is also a smart casual night. I think that is the terminology for the dress code. There is one large table in the center of Qsine and then mostly tables for 2 or 4 people in the rest of the restaurant. The room is circular with lots of glass and provides a very nice ambiance.
I ordered the Blue Moon cocktail. I cannot remember exactly what was in it. You mix it yourself which was pretty cool.
The final product below
|Blue Moon Cocktail|
We had just finished the sushi when the next course came. It is the Treseviche. There was scallop, tuna and one other one. They had little french fries on the side. It was very light and refreshing.
The next item to arrive came before we finished the cerviche. It is the Soup and Souffle. I liked the concept but this one was not a winner. I only liked one of the souffles and three cold soups were a bit much.
|Soup and Souffle|
I don't usually eat much meat but strangely on this cruise I keep doing that! My mother requested the Painter's Filet Mignon. The two pieces were a good size and the dish is served with serveral condiments which are all hot including mashed potato, mushrooms, spinach, and macaroni and cheese. The steak was cooked medium rare just the way she likes it. She very much enjoyed this dish.
I think we ordered well and did not overeat or feel too stuffed. We had a short break before the dessert menu arrived. It is on a Rubik like cube. You open each area to see the selections. It was very cute!
I had the Silver Bullet which is three flavors of gelato with mixes berries. I loved it! Both the presentation and the flavor of the gelato was fantastic.
Since dinner did take a little longer than usual we decided to pass on the evening entertainment. We went back to the room and found a letter from Celebrity and our landing cards for Vietnam. I was happy to see the landing card and hope that we can get our passports back tomorrow morning without much trouble.
|We each received a Vietnam Landing Card|