20.10.2008 21 °C
We have spent our first full day on board. We all (except Len) joined the ballroom dancing class yesterday and learned how to do a basic waltz (again!). Funny thing is we all know how to dance the basics, but re-learning is giving us the confidence to get on the floor again and not feel too self-conscious. The instructors are Dan and Abbey - they are good friends of James and Ola Jordan and Brendan from 'Strictly' and Abbey did the Australian version as a professional, so we are in safe hands. There was a fair swell as we crossed the bay of Biscay, so the dancing was a bit wobbly!
The day was pretty uneventful really, just 'monging'.
We played bingo in the afternoon but at 10 pounds a go (and it only lasts 30 minutes!) it's a bit pricey.
Last night was the captains welcome aboard party, so we donned the glad rags and had a good time. Dinner was six courses (Lobster Thermidor for most of us) and champagne sorbet. Gym here I come!!!! Mandy and I went to the slightly highbrow musical concert after dinner and listened to some beautiful music - soprano, tenor, baritone, a concert pianist, two guys who played something that appears to be a giant xylophone and a string quartet. We had spoken to the cellist in the embarkation queue and we discovered last night why she carried the cello aboard instead of chucking it in the baggage trolley - it's 150,000 pounds worth, on loan from the Royal Academy!! The other three instruments, two violins and a viola are collectively worth the other 200,000 pounds!
Later, we danced the evening away in the company of the ballroom instructors and half the entertainment staff.
Today, we are sitting in the sun in the dock at Vigo (pro. VEEGO) in northern Spain, just at the southern tip of the bay of Biscay. We have just had a wander around town and bought some essentials Martini and Whiskey (yes it correctly spelt - it's Irish) for the cabin so we now have a nightcap to see us off to sleep!
We are off across the atlantic in a couple of hours, so five days at sea. Lots of dancing classes and banjo practice!
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See you tomorrow. Bye