A(nother) typical day on board the Dawn Princess
Frances Garland Babyboomer travel
Alarm goes off at 6.30am, stand on balcony, salute the sun many times. Start my exercise at sea - alright, alright - watch the latter on TV! Catch up on Princess Patter - in other words our daily brochure on what programmes are on offer for the day. A quick look at the video update. A video crew are filming all events held on board and off shore excursions etc. all the way around the world. Twenty-one videos will be available at the end of the cruise. Breakfast is at 8am followed by a 40 minute walk around the Promenade Deck. Three times around deck = one mile. Impressed? Added fitness bonus, we climb up and down the stairs each day.
Hand washing is done in cabin then off to whatever takes our fancy. Examples: Lectures on next off shore excursion, trivial pursuit, bingo, computer classes, bridge, cards, table tennis, learn to hula, line dance, (Music was great - that's all I'll say about that!). There's something to suit every taste on offer every day. A special one was an interview with our Captain. He spoke of his training, what happens on the bridge and how we cruise in a hostile environment. They are prepared for any situation - weather conditions… and yes, pirates. He said that in the event of anything unforeseen happening, the ship's crew is specially trained and any action taken would be out of sight of passengers. Very reassuring. He is a people person and I often see and speak to him on my travels around the ship. Every day you can purchase special deals - bracelets, rings, necklaces, watches, handbags, fragrances, cosmetics. Hard to resist. The odd one I haven't resisted.
1pm is lunchtime and after a delicious salad, I try desperately not to look at the tempting little desserts on offer. People lie around in their deck chairs and absolutely bake in the sun. Not for me - too hot for a genuine redhead with highlights! Every time I get in the pool women tell me about their ailments - you name it, I've heard it. Hubbie listens to men telling him how many cruises they have been on - full of themselves he says - too much bloody money!!
Gourmet dinner is 6pm - always a treat. The waiting staff are fabulous and if it's an Italian or say, French evening, they dress up accordingly. They know all of us by name and whatever we want - we get. We sit at the same table every night and after dinner there's always a show or a movie on. Before bedtime I check out emails and type up my travel log.
Our cabin is very comfortable now that we can find everything. Fresh towels, shampoo/conditioner, moisturiser, tissues and choccies on the pillow every night. The bed is comfortable and now that we're used to the motion of the ship, manage to have a good night's sleep. So light's out now. That was the day that was…