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Cruise Day 2 .. Headed to Norway

2022-06-11 well my body is still on Mississippi time apparently. We went to bed about 9:00 or 10:00 last night, after photographing the beautiful sea, since it was still daylight outside, although the moon was up, and I found myself awake at 1:30 a.m. I played around on Facebook for a little while, then got out my computer and did my grading, and still couldn't go back to sleep. I ended up not going back to sleep at all the rest of the night. I realized that I'm still on Mississippi time, and that little short stent between 9:00 and 1:30 would have been my afternoon nap time in Mississippi, since we are 7 hours ahead now lol. At any rate, around 7:30 I went upstairs and got some hot chocolate in my cup, (thank you Ashley M for my cute hot chocolate mug that you gave me when we went to Alaska! It's here with me now). When I got back to the room, Kay was starting to wake up and so we got ready and went to Sea Day brunch. I put the menu below. I went for the simple cereal this morning with some toast, but I'll have to get the 12-hour French toast at some point! It's called 12-hour French toast because it is so big it will stay with you for 12 hours haha.

After breakfast, we went to the shore excursion presentation. That's when it hit me. I had the hardest time staying awake for the whole hour. Not that the CD was not interesting... Well he wasn't anyway, let me not lie! He was so boring, the things he was talking about and he was trying to say it all in one hour and rushing. I don't know, I didn't stay awake very long. I was there to win a shore excursion and we didn't lol. So we came back to the room about noon, and I told Kay to give me 1 hour of sleep and wake me up. She did and we went to lunch around 1:00 p.m.

The ship still seems crowded, although I know it's not. It's just people are all spread out and no one really shares tables like good old southern cruises. You get one or two people at a table and they're playing cards or doing something else, and there's no place to sit and eat. Kay finally stood at a dirty table and waited for someone to clean it. So we ate and came back to the room, where I swore I would stay awake and get back on track. Well that lasted a little while anyway. The next thing I knew it was time for elegant night and we were getting ready for dinner.

Supper was good but I won't talk about that because you know I don't eat like everyone else does. I know you don't want to hear about my plain spaghetti and french fries, but Kay had a nice meal of lobster and some shrimp.

I love the layout of the ship, which is of course the same layout as the other spirit class ships, the Miracle, Legend, and Spirit. I haven't been on the Spirit, but I have been on the other two. While I absolutely love them, I found their decorations to be garish and outlandish. The artwork is beautiful, very Renaissance! And it's very nice, and I like it, but let's face it, big purple grapes in the dining room on the Miracle! Just wasn't my thing. The Pride is very classy, very chic looking, lots of whites and toned down colors. The artwork is still there but it just seems to blend in a little better. I just enjoyed the ship itself and its look. It's very nice.

After dinner, we went outside the alchemy bar and sat to listen to the singers. They were pretty good, and sang a good variety of Beatles, Kenny Rogers, Celine Dion,... Just a good mix of music. She even sang a Crystal Gayle song that I hadn't heard in a very long time. Around 8:00 p.m. we went to the other end of the ship to go to the Punchliner Comedy Club, where we met a mother and daughter who had been on the last leg and were staying on through the next one, so they were doing a back-to-back-to-back. They were really nice and we talked to them until the show started. It's 10:40 pm now and we're back in the room and I'll try to get some sleep in a few minutes, maybe tonight will be better than last night!

Tomorrow we're taking an excursion that goes up into the fjords. I'm so excited for that! As much as I love Alaska, I know this one will be amazing. So tomorrow you finally get some amazing Norway pictures. Here at 10:40 right now it's still daylight outside. I don't know how these people deal with two or three hours of darkness every night in the summer. I guess the same way they deal with two or three hours of daylight in the winter!

Look for another post tomorrow with some amazingly beautiful pictures. I know I keep saying it but they're coming!

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