Dancing with the Jade Stars Yes I got picked for the dancing contest again! Woo Hoo! My dance partner was Andres Peres who has to be one of the most fun assistant cruise directors ever. However I’m not sure if what we did this time qualified as dancing. More like Thai boxing mixed with the Tango and a Slip and Slide, but it was energetic and hopefully entertaining. We didn’t win but we did come in 3rd, I got a mug, and we probably created a new form of exercise craze. Move over Zumba!
Video to come…I think.
Rewind to November 5
The evening’s meal was at the MDR for the “Dinner with an Officer” Shaw and Paula had invitations to eat with the ships Doctor and Chief Engineer, so we all got ready together in my cabin and then made our way downstairs. I head into the dining room and met the Captain whose table I was at as well as the other table guests for the evening. Afterward Shaw, Paula and I chatted and made our way to Spinnaker for more…dancing!
The first sea day after 2 days of heavy touring and it was welcome. It’s amazing how much energy you expend when walking around new places. 3 pounds lost and my friend saying to me upon my arrival back in Civitavecchia “did they feed you on that ship?!” will attest to that. For the record they fed me well and I ate well, I just burned more calories touring, walking and dancing than I could possibly eat.
The day started out with the Behind the Scenes Ship Tour. I’d had a chance to take one of these on the Norwegian Epic, but I wanted to see more of the Jade and more of the Jade we did see. From backstage in the theater, to the Bridge, the Galley, Laundry, Environmental area and more it was fascinating to see a bit of what makes this large city on water take care of it’s crew and passengers.
Captain Kim Karlsson was nice enough to allow me to interview him for my blog. I’ll post snippets from the conversation as well as video from the Officer’s Profile where he answers various questions, here soon, but suffice to say he’s a very pleasant, patient person who is quite interesting with an offbeat & engaging sense of humor.
Tonight was the evening to take official dress up photos with the Captain and also the Latitudes cocktail party, however sleep took over and I didn’t do either. Yes I know, turning down a chance for free wine ought to be a sin. Thankfully I did wake up later and went and had dinner at Papa’s Italian eatery while “T” watched. He’d already had dinner, so he listened to me yap and we put together some plans to meet up in Venice since we were both heading there after the cruise. The food was good but I’d had my heart set on the Salmon Pizza and was disappointed that it was no longer available I hope that they decide to put it back on the menu fleet wide.
In the evening there was a Motown band playing and I met up with Kristine (I don’t have her last name!) who is the sweetest officer on board the Jade along with a friend of hers and Shaw. The group Soul Satisfaction indeed satisfied as they had everyone clapping and singing along with them. Definitely a keeper for the entertainment lineup!
White Hot Party tonight! Needless to say we wore white and partied!
Since this was the last full sea day I took advantage of waking up late, slowly got ready, wandered around the ship for a bit and in the afternoon went to the New Orleans Jazz brunch at Le Bistro with Shaw and Paula. Great band, great friends and a good time overall!
Later that afternoon Paula and I head to Spinnaker to listen to Gary Glading‘s talk called Stars Staterooms, and Stowaways about his career and animal rescue. Gary has an amazingly big heart that has allowed him to take in animals of all sorts into his animal sanctuary in Northern Italy. From Cats, to Piglets and even Donkeys there’s none in need that he doesn’t gladly make a home for.
The sale of his award winning book titled “Stars, Staterooms and Stowaways” donates it’s proceeds to the continuation of the sanctuary and is available from his website and on Amazon.com. His new book “Always Room for One More” will be available soon.
In the evening Jace, Shaw and I went to dinner then met up with “T” and Paula and head to the late showing of Elements at the Stardust theater, after we head to watch but decided not to participate in the Quest game show. Quest is probably one of the most entertaining things to happen on board that basically involves passengers and if you haven’t seen it you should go at least once.
After that a couple of hours more of dancing and it was off to my stateroom for additional packing, and bed in order to to prepare for the inevitable…
…Disembarkation…nooooo! I always feel like a little kid being torn away from their favorite toy whenever I have to leave the ship. I’ve found that there’s only one cure…booking another cruise!
There’s so much more that I haven’t recounted like the evenings at Happy Hour with lots of great people I met, and so many that I encountered who were just amazing in passengers, crew, staff and officers. It’s all of the great memories that make me look forward to getting back on this ship or some of her sisters or cousins to at least spend some time on the sea on the voyage of life.
Until the next time Jade!
More photos to come!
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