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Friday, August 27, 2010

At Sea Heading for Messina

Yesterday we spent a relaxing day at sea aboard the Celebrity Equinox. We started the day with a nice breakfast in the main restaurant. We both had a frittata made with feta cheese, olives and veggies. It’s fun to sit down in the main restaurant for meals rather than dining at the around the clock buffet, though the main restaurant is not available for all meals on board. Today, for example, both breakfast and lunch will be served buffet style. The food is very good at the buffet; it’s just that we like to be pampered with table service!

We usually head for the jogging track after breakfast and walk for two miles, which is 16 laps around the track. Then Jim heads for the busy open air pool area (see photo) while Dan relaxes in the solarium, shielded from the sun. Lunch yesterday was a sit down treat in the main dining room, but before lunch we enjoyed another presentation by the on board Corning Museum master glass blowers, who have a studio on the top deck. These artisans are fascinating to watch as they craft masterpieces in glass from molten material. The glass studio is a joint educational project of Celebrity Cruises and the Corning Museum. No glass is sold on board because of the non profit nature of the endeavor. However, a few lucky passengers win select pieces in raffles that the artists conduct from time to time. You have to be there to win and not every show ends with a raffle. Jim was the lucky winner of a beautiful vase (photo) crafted by Tom Ryder (seated, in the photo).

Later in the day Jim had fun dancing at the 70s disco tea dance. Then we joined our San Francisco friends Bill and Wes for cocktails in the Martini bar and dinner in the “Blu” specialty restaurant. It was another fun day at sea.

Additional Photos: The Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem taken from a high overlook, and Masada (the plateau on the right) taken from the window of our coach.

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