A disturbed night’s sleep for Paula as the sinusitis turned into a full blown cough, so she had every right to be grumpy with me – again! I seem to have skipped the cooked breakfasts on this cruise just taking a bowl of fruit and even a drink of hot lemon and honey to kick off the day. Our new routine of morning trivia continued and we wished Greg a happy birthday. Being a chocoholic, he was thrilled with a gift of Ferro Rocher and even more thrilled with our 16/20 trivia win! We added more Princess drink bottles to our stock, but as we hadn’t brought ours with us anyway, a good prize.
We then headed off to see Karla (Future Cruises) as we’d done some serious thinking over recent days (and less serious budgeting...). First of all, we cancelled the second part of our Grand Pacific cruise that starts in July. We now hop off at San Francisco and will fly home from there. At least we’ll still catch up with several friends and we get to see Alaska which was one of Paula’s few remaining bucket list items.
Next, we enquired about the 2013 Europe cruise. Karla was a bit surprised that bookings were open as she hadn’t had an email telling her. We were so early, and yet the cabin we wanted had already gone! Unbelievable. We booked anyway...
Afternoon trivia, we finished runners up, so overall, a successful day - particularly for Greg. After a long chat with Greg and Cathy again, we returned once more to Karla to book yet another cruise!
When we totted up where we’d finally get our coveted Black Card (Elite) it was 5 days AFTER Beijing, so we hunted around for a short cruise before the Grand Circle and opted for a 7 day cruise out of Southampton to Norway. (We are in the UK, not via cruise ship in May anyway.) Price seemed steep for a window cabin down on deck 5 on the Grand Princess, but it just goes to show that the Americans and Australasians are getting good value. It meant staying in the UK for a few more days but that is a bonus. The Grand Princess is similar to the Diamond but it has been refurbished and the 250 ton Skywalkers lounge has been lopped off!
The production show we had already seen, but we watched it again anyway and topped off a good (but expensive!) day with a coffee.
Hobart tomorrow and nothing planned but at least the head is getting better, albeit far too slowly. The Coldral seems to mask most of the effects - most of the time.