At this point, the rest of the vacation was slow going. 5/12 to 5/16 we were at sea. 5/17 and 5/18 we were in Vancouver. This particular entry is a hodge-podge of left over info, pictures, etc
So what’d we do at sea? Well… we became sloths. We slept many many many hours. Too many to fess up to without being very embarrassed. Most of the time, we missed breakfast, got up for lunch, and in some cases took a nap between lunch and dinner. We had a long multi-course dinner, sometimes saw a show and then drank with friends at the Martini Bar. We had an alcohol package. What can I say?
We frequented that Martini Bar with a group of friends we made during dinners or excursions. Our friends were, straight, gay, young, old, Canadian, Australian… it was quite a mix of people.
They had many martinis, this was just a sample menu they offered:
Our favorite Martini Bartender, John from Romania:
One night they had a great silent disco party. For whatever reason, they had it in the Martini Bar. Anyway, it was fun. If you’ve never heard of it:
People dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via a radio transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing.
In the earliest days of silent discos, before 2005, there would be only one channel available to listen to music through. Over time, the technology moved along to where there were two, and later technology allowed for a third channel that three separate DJs could broadcast over at the same time.
Our silent disco’s headphones had 3 channels. Depending on which channel you switched your headphones to would make them light up a specific color coordinated to the music type. There was current music, 70’s and 80’s rock… I think. The most interesting thing was tuning into the current dance music tracks, noticing the blue color and then looking around at who else is listening to that channel. It was amusing at how many old-er people were listening to it.
Take a look:
One night, a couple of guys with bags came to the bar and started making everyone balloon items. They didn’t work for the cruise line. It was funny:
Curious about some of the menus? Dinner:
One of the many desserts we ate. I just thought this one was pretty and worthy of a photo. Meet Baked Alaska:
Here’s a price list to have laundry done onboard. There’s no public facility. Check out the price for a pair of socks!
If you’re curious, here’s a copy of the daily newsletter they leave in the cabin each day.
If you haven’t already figured it out, we loved this vacation. It was amazing. Best part of it? The Shaka GPS driving tour.
We’d like to go back sans the cruise. We love cruises as evident by the fact this was our ninth. The problem for us, was we need more time in ports. We had plenty of time on Oahu/Honolulu because we stayed in a hotel for a few days and also the ship stayed in the port overnight. Maybe next time, we do a cruise that stays in each port longer or just spent a week on 1 or 2 islands. I’m thinking no cruise though. We’d definitely rent a car and explore. Maybe we’d take some tours too. There’s many waterfalls we wouldn’t have seen without a tour company.
I’ll probably have 1-2 more posts about the trip. I’ll tell you about Vancouver soon.