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Posted on Jan 17, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 3 comments


Wellps, the first day at sea came and went, and it was chock-full of activities, and (of course) more food. We were up bright and early to hit the gym before the day really began: I went through 20 minutes on the treadmill (there was a time limit) doing intervals of 3.5 mph, 5.0 mph, and sprinting 7.0 mph. I added a little bit of an incline during the speed walking, and it made it SO hard. Phew! Then Jenny and I did an ab routine (crunches, lower leg lifts, and obliques) and some arms with free weights (I worked with 5 lb and 8 lb weights.)

We spent pretty much the whole day laying out on the sun deck — it got pretty cold with the cruise on the move, actually. So windy! We did take a break to go inside and play (and win!) a round of Broadway-themed trivia, hehehe. Then the big event for the night was the fact that it was the first of the cruise’s two Formal Nights!


It was really fun to get all dressed up and take some really nice family photos, as well as to see everyone else all glammed out. I’ll try to resist posting too many pics, but I felt really pretty so sorry if this is an overdose for you, hahahahaha:


That last photo is of course due to Ben’s artistic photography. Dinner that night was fantastic, as per usual.


I actually partook in the wine for once, a beautiful, robust shiraz (don’t I sound like quite the wino? Haha!)


Appetizer: I had my very first beef carpaccio! It was actually very delicious, especially for raw meat, I’d imagine. It was sliced so paper thing it came apart on my plate! Ben had the frogs legs, which I had a taste of. Seriously tastes just like chicken! It wasn’t the first time I’d had frogs legs, as they’re quite common in Chinese cuisine, but always a lovely change.


Soup/Salad: I had the spinach salad for my second course, which had bacon bits, eg, and crispy shallots. Yum!


Entree: I had Chilean sea bass for my main entree, which was served with a barbeque-inspired sauce (not really sure what to call it, though), mashed taters, and spinach. I ate the whole thing up – it was really delicious.

Dessert: I didn’t grab a picture of dessert, evidently, but Jenny and I just split two different flavors of ice cream / sorbet, so it wasn’t all that exciting. A nice way to end the meal, though!

After dinner, we headed to the Eclipse Theatre once again to watch “EDGE”, a pop- and rock-song inspired dance show. It was… okay. Definitely not the best of the shows we saw, unfortunately. It was entertaining, for sure, but there was a cheesiness factor (you should have SEEN the glitter on the singers’ costumes!) that I couldn’t really get over, and they did this horrible disco-fied version of Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” (aka one of the best songs EVER) that was kind of hard to take, haha. Still, extremely entertaining, and some of the dancers in it were really good.

After the show we were pretty pooped (I think that I had forgotten how draining just being in the sun can be!) so we hit the sack. Another early day was to be had in the morning, after all! Stay tuned for our first port day: Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and the coolest experience EVER… you’ll just have to read all about it. 😉


  1. I have the strangest expression on in that photo- thanks. 😛

  2. Gretchen you look so pretty in these photos!! <3

    • Thanks, Crittle! Also, hi. 🙂

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