I remember when we booked this cruise over a year ago my only trepidation with the itinerary was the lack of at sea days. I knew looking at the itinerary that after five straight days of stops, today was going to be a much needed day of rest. And that's exactly what it turned out to be.
Jenn took full advantage of our second and final at sea day. We both woke up at around 9:30AM and Jenn made her way down to the Spa with Amy to both get facials at 10:30AM. Judging solely on how relaxed she looked when we met up at around noon I can say that she absolutely loved the spa. I on the other hand laid around in the room and walked around the ship with Jake until noon where the whole family met up to have lunch in the dining room. It was a nice light lunch Jenn had soup and a burger and I had the salad bar with enchiladas.
After lunch Jenn, Amy, and Ally didn't have a ton of time to lay around because all three had made hair appointments for our last formal night. We did have a brief scare picking up our passports which were collected on the first day of the cruise. They searched for at least five minutes and couldn't find Jenn or my passports. Luckily they were just misfiled in the fourth floor pile and we were given them back and sent on our way.
Jenn went back up to the room to read her third book on the trip while Jake and I got changed to go lay out. All trip the pool deck has been jam packed and today was no exception. Luckily Jake and I were back to find two loungers on the tenth deck that we immediately grabbed and stayed there for over two hours. I don't know about Jake but I know I got a pretty good tan laying up there and got to enjoy a great audiobook in the process. When Jake and I headed back to our rooms at around 4:30PM and I have to admit I was a little worried that Jenn wasn't back yet. I know how long it takes her to do her makeup and having only an hour until we wanted to go down and take pictures was not going to be enough time. Jenn came back at 4:45PM and went on a mad dash for an hour to get ready.
If you remember on the last formal night I was saying how much of a head turner Jenn was. Well I may have spoken to soon. I think Jenn topped it again tonight. She wore a gorgeous red sleeveless dress that she bought specifically for tonight. I am not exaggerating when I say that she looked like she was ready to walk down the red carpet. And the rest of the cruise members seemed to agree. I think at least ten people came up to Jenn through the night and told her not only how gorgeous she was but also how gorgeous the dress was. She was a real knockout again tonight and I once again just felt fortunate to be a part of it.
As tonight was the last formal night it also meant that it was going to be one of the better menus in the dining room. Jake, Jenn and I started with a bottle of California Merlot which once again proved to be a great choice. Jenn and I went with the exact same first two courses tonight. We both started with the Duck Consomme which was a dark broth that hit the spot. We then went with the Prime Rib which was leagues better then the first time we got it early in the cruise. For desert Jenn got Cherries Jubilee and I had the Coffee Ice Cream.
After dinner we retreated to our room where we upheld our nightly ritual of sitting on the balcony. Tonight I was already ahead of the game on my daily posts so we just sat and talked and reminisced on the last couple of weeks. As I sit here writing this it is hard to imagine it has all gone by so quickly but then again I wouldn't change any of it for the world. We headed down to the theater at 9PM to watch the band the Zoots who played music from the 1960's. I am not sure any of their voices would have carried them past the opening rounds of American Idol or X-Factor but their mix of music saved them. You could tell the crowd (most of which who were alive in the 60's) seemed to love the trip down memory lane and even for us who weren't alive then I knew all the songs they played. Talent wise they weren't very good but we all had a fantastic time at the show and even got up dancing towards the end.
After the show we ran up the Centrum (middle of the ship) to watch them perform some acrobatics in the middle. The show started at 10:15PM and was over a little after 10:30PM and was really neat. To have a random show in the middle of the ship with some great lighting and acrobatics was really neat. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it.
Once that got done both Jake and I were exhausted so we retired to our rooms while the girls stayed up and got drinks in the Viking Crown Lounge until around 11:30PM when they to called it a night.
Today was a fantastic day at sea. Jenn got to have a facial, get her hair done, and dress up for our final formal night in the most stunning dress (outside of her wedding dress) that I have ever seen her in. And I got to lay around be lazy and enjoy the cruise ship. How could life get any better?