OK, a bit late writing and posting, but we are very busy! The Gold of course represented Paula’s qualification date for a Gold Card in NZ. Many thanks to all who sent messages and gifts and especially to table 18 in the Florentine dining room who arranged for a fragrant bouquet of flowers.
The silver followed on from our ‘gold’ in winning the carpet bowls yesterday. Today we were runners up. My fault really that we didn’t win, as I was a touch too heavy with both my shots and overshot the playing area by about 6”. Still, it shows the others that yesterday’ success wasn’t really a total fluke after all and as the opposition includes a Commonwealth games medallist, we are justifiably proud.
Dance class was a waltz revision. It is tough on Alana as some people have been on since Sydney and others have joined at Dubai, Dover and Fort Lauderdale, so it is real mixed ability class but she copes brilliantly.
After a nice lunch that also had a Tapas section - that we overlooked until we’d sat down with loaded plates - it was ‘bean bag’ throwing in the atrium. We were hopeless...
I booked in for a 30 minute neck and shoulder massage and was charged for 30 but Arlene gave me 45. A tough time that made me wince rather a lot – but I giggled when she made me sit on the end of the massage table and she stood on it to exert her full body weight on the shoulder. Why the giggle? Well the ceiling in the massage room must only be about 6ft 6” (2 metres) and fortunately, Arlene is only about 4ft 10”.
We celebrated Paula’s birthday at the table with a couple of bottles of bubbles and had the obligatory waiters and head waiter (Maurizio) singing happy birthday, before heading to the new show, with a new dance and singing group. The show was “Moments To Remember” backed by Tim and the orchestra. Most enjoyable. We sat in the Atrium for a short time then on to the cabin, putting the clocks back yet another hour on all the devices.
Due to hurricane Emily, sweeping through the area, tomorrow we are in Colon (don’t snigger...) and Cartagena has been wiped from the itinerary, but we have booked a hastily arranged Princess tour that starts just after our arrival at 2pm, so tomorrow is a part sea day, part port day but is also now an overnight stop, as Colon is just about at the entrance to the Panama Canal on Saturday.