One thing we hadn't experienced on a cruise before was a lot of days at sea. Normally, we are in a different port each day with only an odd day at sea. This time as it was an eighteen day cruise covering a long distance and we had seven days at sea.
One of the first things most people think of on a holiday is sunbathing and this was no exception. Like many holidays abroad there was an early rush to reserve sunbeds, although the towels were supposed to be removed if unattended for an hour. As with most hotels and ships there didn't seem enough beds at peak times.
Sue and I are no longer sun worshipers and tended to go out at about 10.30 for somewhere to sunbathe. By then some people had finished and there were beds free. We would then go for lunch and go out again to find a new sunbed at about three o clock as by then the heat usually had cooled by then. We were lucky to find a bed or somewhere to sit most days.
There were two decent sized pools and because of the time of year not many children were on the cruise, so there was always space in these. One incident showed how silly some people can be.
We were on a sunbed near the Jacuzzi, when some people decided to join an already full one to try and set an entry into the Guinness book of records for the most people in a small place! This resulted in an overflow and we quickly had to move anything off the floor and it resulted in the Jacuzzi being broken for a few days.
These sea days gave me an excellent chance to relax and a chance to capture some interesting sketches. I could sit and capture the people relaxing in the sun and unlike a lot of places, they weren't moving all the time.
In a later blog I will mention other activities on the ship.