Today is our second and last sea day.
It was my oldest son’s birthday so I wished him a happy one on Facebook first thing (although it would be hours before he’d see it).
Steve was up multiple times throughout the night because of his cold he caught from me. That woke me up as well so we both didn’t sleep well. Fortunately, my cold is getting better each day.
We had breakfast in the windjammer after morning coffee. I am getting tired of the options already and had a bagel and potatoes. They are out of the Philadelphia cream cheese and the European brand wasn’t quite the same but worked.
We then got ready for a morning at the pool. We both felt we’d had enough sun and wanted the relaxing atmosphere.
We were he first to settle in there as it was only 8:30 (although some chair hogs had left their towels and books). We spent all morning either in the jacuzzi, pool or loungers reading. Very relaxing!
Around noon we went to our cabin to change for lunch in the dining room.
We were seated at a table for two by the window on the starboard side; nothing to see on either side as we were too far off the coast of Italy.
I ordered the corn/bean salad to start. He brought it with out meal though and it wasn’t as good as it sounded.
Should have gotten the tutti salad bar. Steve had the steak sandwich which came with a side Caesar salad.
I ordered the turkey scallopini and it wasn’t like I expected but turned out to be very good.
We had poor service as Steve’s water glass was totally empty and he had to drink mine until we found someone to flag down! Dessert ended the meal on a good note. I had the torte…
Steve had the rum cake.
After our restless night we wanted to nap and headed back to the cabin. After naps, we went up to the windjammer for soda (me) and coffee (Steve). While there we people watched and I might have found nachos.
Then it was time to go get ready for formal night. We stopped by the schooner bar a few minutes before dinner to pick up my cocktail and head to the dining room.
For starters I had the onion tart which was very good.
Next was the roasted tomato soup which was also excellent.
Steve had his usual Caesar salad and shrimp cocktail. 🙂 Tonight’s formal night menu didn’t have lobster; they don’t do that in European itineraries although our tablemates who took the transatlantic crossing right before this cruise had it on their sailing.
The replacement was a fisherman’s plate which included fried scallop, fried shrimp and fried cod with steak fries and peas.
Steve said it was very enjoyable and everyone ordered it except me. I had to be different and ordered the beef ragout gnocchi which was also very good.
For dessert I went with the cheese plate.
Steve had the chocolate melting cake.
I got a photo of the baked Alaska others chose.
Steve and I headed out quickly so we could make the 7:30 show of Beatles Mania.
It was a fantastic show as there was only one Beatles song I didn’t know every word. They were even better than the Epic Beatles I saw last May on Norwegian.
After the show, we-headed outside to enjoy the scenic transit through the straits of Messina.
It was incredibly scenic and the water was smooth as glass.
When we got to our cabin luggage tags were waiting.
I was worried they’d assign me too high a number and I’d have to spend time in line. Fortunately, we were given number 3 with meeting time of 7 am. That should work fine since we’re meeting our ride at 7;30 and there’s no immigration.
We moved our clocks back before settling in for the night.
Here’s today’s daily compass (click for the full PDF).
The daily offers (click for the full PDF).
If you missed the other parts of the recap the links are below.
Next Vacation: Greek Isles Cruise
Port Plans for Greek Isles Cruise
Jewel of the Seas: Pre-Cruise Travel Day
Jewel of the Seas: Italy at Last
Hotel San Giorgio
Pre-Cruise Day in Civitavecchia
Jewel of the Seas: Embarkation
Jewel of the Seas: Messina, Savoca and Castelmola
Jewel of the Seas: Taormina and Messina
Jewel of the Seas: Sea Day 1
Jewel of the Seas: Mykonos
Jewel of the Seas: Chops Grille
Jewel of the Seas: Rhodes
Jewel of the Seas: Santorini
Jewel of the Seas: Athens Acropolis, Olympic Stadium and Changing of Guard
Jewel of the Seas: Athens Agora, Archaeological Museum and Temple of Zeus
Jewel of the Seas: Chania, Crete and Giovanni’s Specialty Dining