At 7pm we met Mike and Maureen in the Martini bar for the martini tasting. I've done this before: $10 for six different types of martinis. I gave Tony the regular martini. I loved the Flirtini!
Dinner was at 8:30pm. Our table of 6 included Mike, Maureen, and Shaun and Melonee. We had a nice time together. For dinner I had their veal picatta, which was excellent. I started with a mushroom pastry appetizer, while Tony had the shrimp cocktail. I had the tomato bisque and Caesar salad. Tony had the prime rib. And for dessert -- Crème Brule!! Yum!
I was tired so I went to bed. We didn't go to the welcome party, but we didn't mind.
Sunday October 8, 2006 at Sea on the Celebrity Zenith
Sunday was a beautiful day. I woke up about 8am, but it was actually 9am, as we lost an hour due to the time change in Bermuda. The seas were pretty rough, although I slept well. Many people were sick and barf bags were placed throughout the ship, including next to the elevators. We didn't get to the cruise critic party at 9:30am because of the time change. Only 17 people showed up. I was told Celebrity would give it a second try on another day since so many people missed it. There were about 71 people signed up. It turned out they hosted it again on our second sea day, but what was the point?
Tony and I had a light breakfast on the aft deck 11. I had a part of a bagel with smoked salmon and grapefruit. The breakfast buffet was the same every day: assorted breads, pastries, a variety of fruit, smoked salmon, cream cheese; assorted meats, cheese; scrambled eggs, bacon, corned beef hash, cereal, etc. There was also a waffle and pancake station. At the aft at the Windsurf café, there was an omelet station.
At 11:30am Celebrity held an anniversary and honeymooners party, which we had received an invitation in our cabin. One couple had been married for 67 years! Anna and Hooch, another cruise critic member, were married 18 years ago on the 8th, just like Tony and me. Champagne and cake were served.well, one small glass of champagne and a piece of cake for each couple. We were told "the champagne will be flowing," but it wasn't. Tony got up and got 2 more glasses from the bar. Tony felt the whole event was cheesy. They should have either skipped it completely or done a much better job. Once the cruise director left the spotlight, he and the rest of the crew (minus 2 bartenders) disappeared.
I had a small lunch on deck at the pool area while watching the pool events. I also like to people watch. All the deck chairs were filled with people enjoying the sun and outdoors. Yes, people do hog the chairs. I felt a little queasy because of the rough ocean. I took another seasick pill and felt fine the rest of the day.
While on the pool deck, there were several events: Sherbet was served (I do like the little things that Celebrity does for its passengers), a chef did a fruit carving demonstration with watermelon; and there was contest with four guys who had to dance, sing, yell like Tarzan and serenade to a woman. It was pretty funny.
Every day at 5pm, the sushi bar opens up. We enjoyed the variety they had every day! We enjoyed this before our 8:30pm dining time.
Sunday was our first formal night and our 18th wedding anniversary. My travel agent had informed Celebrity that we would be celebrating our anniversary, so we received a cake after dinner. However, we already ate our dessert, so we didn't eat it. In addition, I think they use the same cake to celebrate other people's events.
We didn't go to the captain's welcome party. It was at 10:45pm and we just decided to skip it.
Monday October 9th -- Hamilton, Bermuda on the Celebrity Zenith
We arrived in Hamilton about 9am. We got up early enough to watch as we sailed into the harbor. We saw many beautiful and expensive homes on the way in. I saw a few that I would love to call home! Hamilton is a lovely town with very colorful buildings.
After our usual breakfast, we took the bus to Horseshoe bay with Mike, Maureen, Shaun, and Melonee. We all purchased the 3-day bus/ferry pass ($28pp) at the bus station, which was located a block up from the ship and two blocks inland. We all loved the beach with its wonderful soft powdery sand. The weather was perfect too. I spent most of the time in the water playing in the waves. I also took a few photos with my underwater camera. Later, Mike, Tony and I walked to other parts of the beach. There are lots of secluded spots; however, we enjoyed the far end of the beach away from the rest of the crowd. There are changing facilities, which I used. I took a very cold shower, as I wanted to get the salt off me. We were surprised at how salty the water was, more so than other beaches.
After our time at the beach, Mike, Maureen, Tony and I headed to the Dockyards, while Shaun and Melonee stayed at the beach. We took the $1pp van ride to the top of the hill. Now, it wasn't overly steep, we just decided to 'splurge.'
Once in the Dockyards, we headed to the Frog and Onion pub for some drinks and snacks. I had their fish chowder, which was pretty tasty and one of the few reasonably priced items on the menu. Shaun and Melonee popped in and joined us. Sitting at the next table were Misti, John, and Carol who were enjoying their lunch. Anthony, our waiter, kept joking with us, so when our bill came, we all gave our boarding card for payment. He laughed!
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