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Sailing in the Region of Panama

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The morning started with a depressing solid overcast and fog. Temperatures are moderate and the humidity is high. The sea is calm and there is only a light breeze. In the Horizon Cafe there is an ominous sign that the health state of the ship is deteriorating in that salt & pepper shakes have been removed from the tables. Cutlery is normally placed on the tables wrapped in a napkin, now only available from the stewards.

Jenny is making a return visit to the doctor and has been diagnosed with a bronchial infection. She's been given a number of medications and advised to keep using her puffer. She's been told to report back if her condition worsens. There are a significant number of people with cold and flue symptoms.

While Jenny was at the doctor I attended a Culinary Demonstration in Club Fusion by the Chef de Cuisine of the alternate dining options. He made a proud claim that all food served on Princess ships is prepared on board. The way he put it, they don't have scissors or can openers. Nice generalised statement and generally true.

We met up to attend the lecture by Robert Schirn, today's topic being the Menendez Brothers brothers who murdered their parents. I'm sure it was interesting but I went to sleep about 20 minutes into the talk. We had a pie each for lunch from the International Café. Decided not to attend the movie and Jenny's asleep as I write this.

Had a visit from Mary to tell us that she and Donald wouldn't be there for diner. Donald's cough has got worse and he's seeing the doctor. We had a quick diner, the show was at 19:00 tonight and we wanted to get out early. Went to the Theatre to be entertained by Oli Nez who played a number of instruments. A particularly moving piece was backed by images of Wales and the sounds of a Welsh Male Choir.

In case you've wondered what the food options are here is a brief overview. The regular dining options are all 'free' - no extra charges.
Michelangelo - any time dining 17:30 to 22:00
Botticelli - 1745 (first seating) and 20:00 (second seating) - Traditional
De Vinci - 07:00 to 10:00 breakfast, 12:00 to 13:30 lunch, 17:30 enhanced diner and 19:30 to 22:00 any time dining
Horizon Court - 05:00 to 06:00 continental breakfast, 06:00 to 11:00 breakfast, 11:30 to 15:30 lunch, 15:30 to 17:30 snacks 17:30 to 24:00 diner buffet.
Café Caribe - 12:00 to 13:30 - theme lunches
Trident Grill - 11:00 to 23:00 burgers, fries and hot dogs
Pizzeria - 11:00 to 23:00 four styles of pizza.
Wheelhouse Bar - English Pub Lunches - some days
The International Café - 24 hours light snacks and deserts

Additionally there are two alternative dining options, reservations required and cover charge.
The Crown Grill - 17:30 to 22:30 - red meats and seafood - generous portions, refined dining.
Sabatini's - 17:30 to 22:30 - Italian Cuisine cooked to order.

Finally there are waffles, ice creams, snacks, canapés and even popcorn served at various bars and functions. Perhaps you can see why an element of weight gain is inevitable.

Tomorrow we will be in Puntarenes, Costa Rica where we have a shore excursion booked.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

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