(70) Days at Sea

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(70) Days at Sea

Days at sea are all about choices. Each night the ship's official newspaper is delivered to your cabin filled with activity and dining schedules for the following day, what's on sale in cruise shops, ports of call information and other tips. Sometimes it is difficult to choose activities among so many choices. Seasoned cruisers agree that those who enjoy a cruise the most are open to new experiences and take advantage of a variety of new activities and entertainment.

Choices begin on awakening. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on your private balcony or indulge in a bountiful breakfast buffet at the top of the ship. Choices. Relax in the sun beside one of the pools. Play poolside games. Try your luck at Bingo or in the casino. Attend a port lecture or self improvement workshop. Have a mid-morning snack and work off calories in the state-of-the-art gym.

Lunch time rolls around. Head for the dining room for a five course lunch or dine al fresco at the buffet on deck. Nothing is as good as a hamburger grilled in the open air at sea…except maybe a specialty pizza and a cold beer. After lunch, attend a cooking class or wine tasting. Get a massage or facial. Bid on art work by famous artists while sipping complimentary champagne. Try your hand at table tennis, shuffleboard, high tech interactive games or work on your golf drive. See a first run movie in the ship theater or stateroom television. Make new friends in the card/game room. Go for a swim and on and on. Do as much or as little as you prefer. There's also a lot to be said for the sheer luxury of doing nothing...sitting on deck with a good novel enjoying the sea air and endless horizon.

As the day winds down, toast an incredible sunset. There is no sunset like a sunset at sea with no land in view. As the sun sinks below the horizon, it paints a golden, red, and plum masterpiece across the sky and sea. After sunset, take a nap before dinner and night activities. When do you ever have the luxury of a nap right before dinner at home?



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