Lounged around the cabin in the morning, enjoying the seascape and doing a little reading. Decided to watch a movie on the TV, Julie & Julia. It was very good, but made me hungry, even after the big breakfast. Meryl Streep can play almost any role, can't she? I can see my husband Ronnie plowing through that French cookbook, but not me.
Lunch at Horizons was Mexican buffet (of course) in honor of our destination. It was still a little cool outside, but we knew it would warm up as we continued our southward journey. The Regatta was running in tandem with the Norwegian Star and the Sapphire Princess that had also sailed from Los Angeles the afternoon before. We looked like quite a flotilla moving south!
As would be expected, mom and I loved the Mexican buffet. What's not to love? Salsa, guacamole, spicy meat, cheese, etc. After lunch, we got very lazy/sleepy reading our books, so went to the 2:00 guest speaker, who happens to be from Atlanta - Dr. Dorsey Deaton. He was quite entertaining and informative as he spoke about the natural disasters that afflict Mexico (volcanoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes). His presentations were well-attended throughout the cruise. It's one of the things I enjoy most about cruising--travelers seem to be obsessed with lifelong learning as I am.
After having our minds enriched for an hour, we returned to the suite for naps before tea. I actually slept through trivia, which is a favorite sea day activity for me. We went to tea late and devoured the hot scones, sandwiches, etc. Horizons Lounge (the observation lounge at the front of the ship) has the high tea in the afternoon, followed by happy hour with two-for-one drinks from 5:00 to 6:00. So, mom and I just moved straight from tea to a vodka tonic. We carried the tonic back to the cabin to go along with our afternoon canapes. Nice to have a drink and snack while getting ready for the traditional captain's welcome party.
We had reservations to share a table at Toscana, the Italian specialty restaurant, which doesn't carry an additional surcharge. I had Greek salad and sea bass, with apple pie/ice cream for dessert. Mom had a delicious shrimp appetizer (I ate half) - shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and grilled, followed by a lobster pasta dish with cream (too rich for me) and chocolate pasta for dessert. The chocolate pasta was dark and very flavorful. We enjoyed our table companions a lot, and were chatting so much we missed the show! Great day at sea.
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