After my relaxing shower and checking email (wifi worked fine) it was time to go down to the Lido for breakfast. This room is canary yellow and very cheerful looking, but almost over-powering. I am probably in the minority as I really don't like yellow. I forgot all about the room decor when I noticed the large oval plates at the front of the buffet. I almost burst out laughing as these are quite funny! I guess Princess assumes the average person wants to pile on the food. However, as I abhor trays the large oval plates worked wonderfully.
There must have been a lot of sleepy heads on board as we enjoyed the quiet serenity of the Lido by ourselves while nibbling our salmon and fruit. When we were finished we walked through to the pool area. The teak flooring was sopping wet and I was surprised the crew wasn't mopping it up.
When I checked the Princess Patter last night for today's activities I unfortunately didn't find anything of interest. Princess offers no lectures or enrichment on this cruise with the exception of some port presentations. There is an Edinburgh presentation at 10:00 am which I will attend. My mother has opted to skip it though.
We both have spa appointments this morning. I am having my hair colored at 11:00 am and my mother is having a pedicure at 10:15 am. These are the only activities (besides eating) we have planned for the entire day. We have been moving around nonstop since we landed in the UK, so we are grateful to be taking it easy today.
It was soon time for my mother's spa appointment and I had to make my way to the theatre for the Edinburgh talk. We left the pool area and went our separate ways. The ship seemed so quiet as I walked toward the Cabaret Lounge.
|Heading toward the Cabaret Lounge|
There were about 60 people in the theater for the Edinburgh discussion. I chose to sit in the back since I would not be staying for the duration.
|Quiet in the back|
The speaker discussed the transportation options from Rosyth, where the ship will dock, and how to get to Edinburgh. A free shuttle bus is required to get from the ship to the port entrance. From there you can take a taxi, another bus, a train or other private transportation to Edinburgh. We will be taking the train on our own so this info was minimally helpful. She did provide fare estimates for a taxi, bus and the train. The audience seemed very appreciative.
Items also discussed included the sightseeing bus, shopping, historic sites to visit and using taxis and public transportation.
It was soon time for my hair appointment so I departed the talk prior to its completion. I love how small the ship is and it only took a few minutes to walk up the stairs to Deck 9 where the spa is located.
We had some fun discussing the British names for hair related items like flossing (color) and fringe (bangs). It was then 30 minutes of "resting' before the color was washed out.
|Smooth seas while during my hair treatment|
I took the stairs again, 2 levels down to our room.
|Stairs are very easy to access the other decks|
|Ocean Princess position in the North Sea|
This time the Lido was extremely busy! There tons of people all over the place. Okay this may be a bit of an exaggeration as there are only 672 passengers on the ship. However, it seemed very crowded and it was nearly impossible to find an empty table.
|Fabulous Sushi and Sashimi|
|My selection was excellent!|
|The floor is completely dry now|
Tonight we are eating in the main Dining Room. We like having our own table for 2 near the front of the dining room. So far this is working out very well. Tonight is the Welcome Dinner so the food is supposed to be a little more "special".
We arrived at the entrance to the Dining Room and the Maitre'd and head waiter were there to greet the passengers.
For me, the menu was not that impressive and I struggled to find something to order. I ended up with Onion Soup, a salad and the Fish.
The soup was okay but the cheese wasn't baked enouugh on top and the broth was sort of bland. The dining room was very lively though and we enjoyed seeing the other passengers having a good time.
Our salads came and were crisp and fresh.
When our main dishes were served I was happy my fish had a bit of a kick and was quite tasty. I sometimes wonder if I should travel with my own mini spice rack since I like more seasoning that what is normally included in the average cruise fare. The potato was crunchy and more similar to pommes frites. I was very happy with the main course.
|Ice Cream is a little less melted than last night|
|Deck 5 near the shops|
It was a very nice sunset as we went to bed.