Days 350 to 365
Day351…At Sea. Today marks and important milestone in the fact that I get to sail across the equator instead of fly, which is nice. Other than that… its a relaxing day aboard ship. So…
COUNTRIES VISITED IN ORDER VISITED: Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Jamaica, USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, India, Jordan, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore
COUNTRIES VISITED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Indonesia,Ireland, Italy,Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Namibia, Northern Ireland, Peru, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, USA, Vatican City, Vietnam, Wales, Zimbabwe
Day 352…At Sea… today i begin with a little pub trivia because i do enjoy a trivia game, but then it on to take a peek behind the curtain of a cruise ship with a galley tour. Here I discover just what it entails to arrange food for almost 3,000 guests and staff on a cruise…$420,000US for 16 days for 13,000 meals a day… that does NOT include drinks (alcoholic or otherwise)… all bakery items except burger and hot dog buns are baked on board…all waste is pulped and discharged at sea to feed the fishies, especially the buffet stuff which has a shelf life of 4 hrs. There were many stories of how much food they have…one i remember was that one day on a cruise they ran out of yoghurt… the only option at the next port was to buy every tub in 3 entire supermarkets, fill 3 taxis WITH YOGHURT TUBS and get them on board. The next day they were out again!18,000 drinks get served PER DAY which does NOT include d.i.y non-alcoholic drinks like soda, tea, coffee, juice, etc…9,000 lbs of hard cheeses… 151 wheels of brie… i could go on but u get the idea. The organisation here is, I always knew, incredible but seeing the galleys operate on an industrial level is something else!
After that i emerge into the Olympic Bistro Suite, a high end food area made of bits from the ORIGINAL Olympic ocean liner sister ship to THE ACTUAL TITANIC! I am told the area will be refurbished soon, but the parts are heritage and will be delicately removed to add into a new cruise ship in the future… an industry so popular now that dozens of new liners are being commissioned. .. so many that Virginia literally CAN NOT find anywhere to build thiers! Then its off to an article gallery auction which was fun to watch… sadly didn’t win any art, but i do get a free art print every time I go, so that’s cool. Then its a complimentary slot machine challenge for my deck (i came 4th) & some more trivia. At night just before the acrobatic show, I get delivered to my room 6 free beers and a card from the ship to celebrate the end of my 1 year journey. Nice!