Slept really well; the sea is smooth and we are far enough away from the engines not to hear them. Awoke to good news, GCSE results are out today and my private pupils did well and got the grades they need for the next stage in their lives! Annabelle and her mother came round to the house with big bunches of flowers for Tara and me.
Another very full day of activities, as we are at sea all day. Went to breakfast at the buffet restaurant, again spoiled for choice. J had fruit, yogurt and some smoked salmon – nothing like farmed salmon, thicker, pinker, drier and v delicious. D had the same plus cold meats. Great variety of bread including pumpernickel.
First lecture at 10:00 about Acupuncture, treatments are offered on board and the chap helped one of the passengers in pain immediately during the talk, so it took longer than expected! She had had an operation on her face last week and now couldn’t open her mouth very much and was in pain down the side of her face. He stuck a needle in her foot and by the end of the session she could open her mouth wide and was in much less pain! He gave us a list if conditions that can be helped by acupuncture – he was very convincing and I might consult someone about treating my sarcoidosis symptoms.
At 11:00 we went to a cookery demonstration of how to make crème brulee, rigatoni with sausages and a fish dish – all done by an Italian chef on the cruise and available in the restaurants. Also got recipe cards and tastes of the crème brulee.
Had a cup of tea and then onto the art auction that we had found out about yesterday. We liked a couple of the pictures and decided to put a pre bid on one – done on aluminium and created with acid! Also liked work by another artist but decided not to bid on those. So we sat in the auction room with our bid card (111) and the glass of champagne and successfully bid for the artwork. The auctioneer then offered us a deal: a work that complemented it, which we accepted; so now we are the proud owners of two works of art! This process took longer than expected and we had to leave the auction before it finished to grab a sandwich before going to the next event at 2, a wine tasting. Tasted 2 glasses of white and 2 of red but am none the wiser really. By then we had missed lunch, so we had a hot dog and nachos (available all day) and were lucky enough to see whales spouting on both sides of the ship and even saw some fins and tails. It all happened too quickly to take any photographs though.
Brought a cup of tea down to the cabin to have a rest and write up this log. J has an appointment for a manicure at 5:45 and we have to see the Art people about shipping details at 7:00. And this is supposed to be the relaxing day! Tonight is the first formal night, and we will go to the Rotterdam Restaurant at 8:00.
Tomorrow we should be in Juneau by 1:00 and we have a shore excursion “The Best of Juneau” at 2:00.