“Viva Mexico” 20th Anniversary Cruise: Day 3, Day at Sea

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Up at 8 am. Breakfast from the IC: coffee, chocolate donut, custard beignet, and lemon Danish. We enjoyed breakfast on our balcony in our comfy robes. This is the first balcony we’ve without an overhead cover, meaning, the people above us could see us but we were too busy gazing at the ocean to notice.

Out of the cabin by 10 am, we walked the promenade and walked the ship until we arrived at the aft pool are and the Outrigger Bar where we settled into an aft-facing table and enjoyed a couple of Tequila Sunrises.

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Around noon, we ventured into Cafe Caribe and feasted on a delicious Indian buffet with samosas, bean & potato salads, prom, beef, and kabobs, and other yummy stuff.

Another round on the promenade deck was interrupted by the Captain’s announcement that they have discovered passengers with the noro-virus and that they will be serving the self-service food differently, and that we should wash our hands thoroughly every chance possible (at least 20 seconds with soap and water), and use our cabin restroom instead of the public restrooms. We are resting now hoping for no infection.

Starting at 5:15, we got ready for dinner (smart casual night), and left the cabin at 6 pm. We stopped at the photo gallery to check out our pictures from last night’s formal night portraits and the Crown Grill photographer. A couple of the photos were very good — Kathy’s photo at Crown Grill and a photo of the 2 of us in a portrait pose. We purchased these 2 photos and an 8×11 for the picture of us together. The photo of Kathy came in 3 sizes, one for Rich’s wallet, one for Rich’s desk, and one for home.

We returned to the cabin to drop off our purchases and then headed to the Salty Dog in the Wheelhouse Bar. We were seated by a window and there was great music by Rumors playing. We started with bread sticks with cheese and beer dip. And then a salad with 3 dipping sauces. We enjoyed a couple of Seawitch Blonde Ale beers and ordered our 3 small plates apiece.

Kathy: lobster mac & cheese, calamari, and the Ernesto burger.

Rich: grilled cheese & soup, short ribs, and the Ernesto burger. For dessert, we had coffee and donuts, and a fabulous pot de creme with caramel popcorn. (We discovered the amazing chocolate onboard Princess is part of the partnership with Norman Love Chocolates. No wonder!)

We had a 6:30 reservation and it took about 1 hour and 45 minutes to eat because the service was horrid. The chairs were terribly uncomfortable as well.

We walked the promenade after dinner (we walked 3 miles today and most days) and then returned to our cabin for a pleasant relaxation on our balcony and then retired for the night.

The weather today was warm and sunny.
The best thing today was drinks by the aft pool.
The worst thing today was the Norovirus announcement.
The funniest thing today was the captain making this big dramatic announcement as if Los Angeles was having a Norovirus epidemic, instead of just on his ship.
Today we tried the Salty Dog for the first time.
And the result was really delicious food, but the service was terrible. We were not the only ones who thought so. We chatted with a couple sitting near us and later with a couple we met on our Puerto Vallarta excursion.
The most magical moment today was Rich on the bar stool ordering 2 Tequila Sunrises.

About Rich Eckardt

Byzantine Catholic Convert. Knight of Columbus. Celebrant of the Divine Office.