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Day 3

Pulling  into Kings Wharf  right now.  Finally no rocking and rolling !  Much appreciated relief.

Momentary flashback to yesterday and last night. Lunch at Izumi. Delightful. Much busier than I expected but service and food were still great. Dinner at Chops was ok.  Our steak on embark day was much better.  Service was S.L.O.W.  We actually got up and left before they even offered dessert which means we missed our red velvet cake (sorry, Sweety) dessert.  We never got a receipt to sign or anything. I guess they know where we “live” if they need to talk to us ! Tonite is Giovanni’s.

Back to the present.  Coolish in Bermuda. We have no plans to get off the ship so likely we will just saunter down this evening and ride the  shuttle train around the circuit. It’s one of my fave things to do here. One of the items that was lost in my recent luggage debacle on Liberty was a beautiful hand woven wrap that I bought in one of the craft shops here at Kings Wharf a number of years ago (it was my favorite wrap to wear at nights in the casino where it’s always arctic temps) so maybe I will see about replacing it. <Still pissed off that somebody took our bag in Galveston>

To my great surprise Izumi is open today for lunch and is eligible for the dining package. I never even looked in the Compass b/c I figured today would not count as a sea day (arriving in port around lunchtime) but the lovely lady who has been at Izumi on Grandeur for as long as I can remember was walking through the WJ this morning hocking the sushi-making class and asked if we were coming to Izumi for lunch today.  Dan’s sleepy eyes came to full attention immediately and a recognizable look of pure joy spread across his face instantly. Guess we’re Going to Izumi for lunch AGAIN today !  As a matter of fact, he has asked me twice, while I was doing this post, when we were likely to be ready to go.  He’s so easy to please !  Just shove some eel, salmon or tuna nigiri in his face and he will agree to anything. 😛😛

So why were we in the WJ for b’fast this morning instead of the D area of the MDR, you may ask ?  B/c of the stealthy time change last night, I would answer.  We got up at what we thought was 8:30 AM just to realize later that it was actually 9:30 AM and the MDR was already closed.  PLUS, this morning at 10:15 AM was the Diamond event (referred to by us as the “cattle call”) and for reason not fully understood, Dan loves going to those things.  I hate them but I went.  At any rate, there was not enough time to eat a sit-down b’fast AND get to the D event by 10:15 thus, the WJ it was.  Lovely b’fast, BTW. We missed Yogi and BooBoo and I’m sure we’ll hear about it from them tomorrow morning.  They so absolutely adorable. You canNOT tell them apart.

Dan has started making impatient movements towards the door so I think I’d better cut this off.  Another best day on Lady G.  Happy Columbus Day, everyone.

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Day 4 - Casino edition

The biggest change I have noted at the Casino on this cruise is that all of the tables (that I have visited) now have at least a $10 minimum. In the past most tables had a $5 minimum. Conversely, the Texas Hold’em table (as opposed to the Ultimate Texas Hold’em table), which had been a $2/$5 table is now a $1/$3 table, which is a welcome change.

i have already mentioned that Joyce is the hostess. She has been moderately visible but has not presented a dynamic environment. When Kaia was the hostess here she had lots of fun events like a 007 scavenger hunt and some fun tournaments. Nothing like that going on this week.

Not that we expect it, but we have not received any casino gifts at all on this cruise.  Sometimes we get champagne or a specialty dining meal (which would have been wasted on us this cruise) but nothing at all on this cruise.

IMO the casino on Grandeur needs some TLC.   Carpets, chairs and table top felts are looking very worn and dated.  I don’t play slots so I have no idea if the games need updating or not but my guess is that some of them have been there a while. I noticed that the chips are filthy.  Last night 2 of my chips were completely stuck together.  I’m sure drinks get spilled all the time but they need to wash them very once in a while.  Gross.

I’m certain that someone will have a question about craps odds or other similar subjects. I will say now that I just don’t know but if anyone is interested in knowing, ask and I will try and find out.  The craps tables have been very popular on this cruise; they’ve been very enthusiastic and vocal.  🤩🤩

The Ultimate Texas Hold’em table is very very popular this trip. This is “my” game and I have gone down just to find the table completely full only minutes after the casino open multiple times.  Guess I’ll have to get there before they even open to be sure and get a seat.

As of day 4, I am dead “even”.  I won $700 on the first day the casino was open and I lost $700 yesterday 😞😞 so I’m back where I started.  Frankly, by day 4 I’m usually well “in the hole” so being even at this point is welcome.

 

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Day 5 and wrap-up

Last night dinner was at Chops. We both ordered the lobster tail from the MDR along with our choices from Chops.  I had the petite filet, which I split with Dan and he ordered the shrimp which he shared with me.  

The reason that we decided to purchase the Ultimate Dining Plan on this trip was b/c on our last 5 night Bermuda cruise (July 4th), they did not serve the 2 dishes that we most enjoy in the MDR - lobster and lamb shank.  We assumed (we all know what happens when you ASSume) that they would not serve these 2 dishes on this trip either, only to find that they were serving BOTH.  But we weren’t going to let them deprive us of our fave meals...we just had them bring them to us in the restaurant(s).

Nothing  much to report about the evening. Casino actions as always.  I am happy to report that on this cruise I got both a straight flush and 4 of a kind (Ultimate Texas Hold’em) so I had a profitable trip for the first time in MANY cruises.  Dan also came out ahead. Woohoo !

Nothing particularly interesting to report for today.  B’fast in the D section of the MDT, lunch at Izumi and dinner at Giovannis (Dan had the lamb shank brought from the MDR and it was disappointing for the first time ever.  Just wasn’t as good as it usually is).  Casino closed around 9 PM as we entered the Chesapeake Bay.

Random musings

This is the first time we have been to Bermuda that the NCL Dawn was not also there.  As a matter of fact, we were the only ship at King’s Wharf both days.

Due to the anticipated affects of Hurricane Michael, Grandeur will be leaving port tomorrow early (New England 9 day)  - around 2 PM. Normal departure is 4PM.  We are now in the Bay and are having the smoothest seas we have experienced since we left Baltimore on Saturday.  Not likely to stay this way.

Never saw a drink card but it could have been offered.

Was not able to get any information about the unplanned dry dock being discussed for March 2019.

We will walk off tomorrow morning and will catch the hotel shuttle back to the hotel where our car is parked.  I will drop Dan at work (Washington Navy Yard) and I will go home and work the rest of the day.

Next stop - Navigator for Thanksgiving.  Then we will be back on Grandeur for Christmas and NY.

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11 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

This is the first time we have been to Bermuda that the NCL Dawn was not also there.  As a matter of fact, we were the only ship at King’s Wharf both days.

 

In 2016 (late September), we were the only ship there, then, in 2017 (mid-September), the Dawn was there ...... I know there will be a ship at King's Wharf when we arrive on the 27th -- I just can't recall which one, I DO know it's not an NCL ship and the Disney Magic leaves the day before we arrive.  Ugh, 2 weeks to go.... the LONGEST 2 weeks of our lives ... lol.  @JLMoran - I'm jealous, you've got 2 DAYS.

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Just now, coneyraven said:

@JLMoran - I'm jealous, you've got 2 DAYS.

It'll be here before you know it, @coneyraven! And look at it this way, you won't be wondering about whether a hurricane blowing through is going to get clear of the area in time for your ship to make it back to port when scheduled! (Yeah, I know for certain at this point it's not an issue, but Sunday through Tuesday had me glued to the NHC site for updates) 

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I can't imagine getting off a cruise ship and heading to work!! You guys are really dedicated!  thank you for the blog Raye, looking forward to Lady G on Valentines Day.  What is the rumor about drydock in March 2019? I noticed she was never listed on anything regarding drydock.

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I know what you mean...going straight to work is a major bummer but we have to save all of the vacation days we can.  I asked Dan if he wanted to just come home with me and work from home this afternoon instead of going into the office but he said "no".  I fear that with all of the rain we are likely to get, the ride home from the Washington Navy Yard may be quite unpleasant this afternoon.  He's quite dedicated though...good for him !

It was raining when we disembarked this morning.  You can tell that the bad weather is coming.  There was very little wind earlier but it's definitely picking up now.

Something else to mention re: the room.  We were in Aft JS 7656.  It is a lovely room with one of the big balconies on the fantail of the ship but I noticed a couple of the nights when I was in bed early (normally never happens !) that there was definitely a lot of bass noise coming from somewhere.  It was either coming from the Viking Crown Room 4 levels up or coming from 2 decks below in the Star Lounge.  My bet is on the latter.  Last night the bumping lasted until after 1:30 AM so we were not very happy as it kept both of us awake most of the night.  We have had lots and lots of rooms on the aft of Grandeur and never remember having this noise before.  I'm not sure what changed.

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I know what you mean...going straight to work is a major bummer but we have to save all of the vacation days we can.  I asked Dan if he wanted to just come home with me and work from home this afternoon instead of going into the office but he said "no".  I fear that with all of the rain we are likely to get, the ride home from the Washington Navy Yard may be quite unpleasant this afternoon.  He's quite dedicated though...good for him !

It was raining when we disembarked this morning.  You can tell that the bad weather is coming.  There was very little wind earlier but it's definitely picking up now.

Something else to mention re: the room.  We were in Aft JS 7656.  It is a lovely room with one of the big balconies on the fantail of the ship but I noticed a couple of the nights when I was in bed early (normally never happens !) that there was definitely a lot of bass noise coming from somewhere.  It was either coming from the Viking Crown Room 4 levels up or coming from 2 decks below in the Star Lounge.  My bet is on the latter.  Last night the bumping lasted until after 1:30 AM so we were not very happy as it kept both of us awake most of the night.  We have had lots and lots of rooms on the aft of Grandeur and never remember having this noise before.  I'm not sure what changed.

I'm sort of surprised that if he's down at the Navy Yard, he just doesn't just take the Green Line, or does he on a normal commute?

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3 hours ago, twangster said:

I had the same problem with noise on Enchantment in an aft JS.  The deck 6 aft lounge is right below you.   Thump Thump Thump.   

 

3 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I know what you mean...going straight to work is a major bummer but we have to save all of the vacation days we can.  I asked Dan if he wanted to just come home with me and work from home this afternoon instead of going into the office but he said "no".  I fear that with all of the rain we are likely to get, the ride home from the Washington Navy Yard may be quite unpleasant this afternoon.  He's quite dedicated though...good for him !

It was raining when we disembarked this morning.  You can tell that the bad weather is coming.  There was very little wind earlier but it's definitely picking up now.

Something else to mention re: the room.  We were in Aft JS 7656.  It is a lovely room with one of the big balconies on the fantail of the ship but I noticed a couple of the nights when I was in bed early (normally never happens !) that there was definitely a lot of bass noise coming from somewhere.  It was either coming from the Viking Crown Room 4 levels up or coming from 2 decks below in the Star Lounge.  My bet is on the latter.  Last night the bumping lasted until after 1:30 AM so we were not very happy as it kept both of us awake most of the night.  We have had lots and lots of rooms on the aft of Grandeur and never remember having this noise before.  I'm not sure what changed.

Oh boy...we're in 7154 next April.  Thanks for the noise warning!  

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3 hours ago, coneyraven said:

I'm sort of surprised that if he's down at the Navy Yard, he just doesn't just take the Green Line, or does he on a normal commute?

He's in a van pool so even though he did not ride in with them this morning, he will be able to get home with them this evening.

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On ‎10‎/‎6‎/‎2018 at 3:21 PM, WAAAYTOOO said:

Good news for Sweety - they still have red velvet cake at Chops on Lady G !  Yippee.  Dan and I shared a slice. More than that would have been decadence and an obvious exercise of “cruise privilege”.

I was on the same cruise, and the Windjammer had "red velvet cake" on departure day. It WAS red, it WAS NOT red velvet.

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On ‎10‎/‎8‎/‎2018 at 11:54 AM, WAAAYTOOO said:

So why were we in the WJ for b’fast this morning instead of the D area of the MDR, you may ask ?  B/c of the stealthy time change last night, I would answer.  We got up at what we thought was 8:30 AM just to realize later that it was actually 9:30 AM and the MDR was already closed.  

Somebody didn't read the cruise compass for Day 2 OR Day 3! It was included on both of them, as well as being included in Captain Thor's noon report on the sea day.

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23 minutes ago, HeWhoWaits said:

Somebody didn't read the cruise compass for Day 2 OR Day 3! It was included on both of them, as well as being included in Captain Thor's noon report on the sea day.

Guilty as charged !  I rarely glance at the Compass on any given day.

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