I never thought it possible to cram so many different activities (and outfits) into 24 hours. Yet, by the end of the day, which was the early hours of the following morning, I felt exhausted just thinking about how much we got through!
The day began with a group breakfast that saw us all don purple, t-shirts emblazoned with the name of one of our 12-member party – Veronia, celebrating a recent 50th birthday.
After a full English breakfast, a few of us burned off several hundred calories during a Cha-Cha dance class, taught by Strictly-Come-Dancing partners Ian and Penny. A few of us returned later in the afternoon for a Samba dance class which was much harder than it looked!
For the sake of brevity, this is how the rest of the day panned out:
- Attendance at a seminar by nutritionist Dario, on how to get a flatter stomach (through detox, apparently)
- Photo with the captain of the ship, Wesley Dunlop and Entertainment Manager Giovanni at the lavish, black-tie gala reception (pictured)
- Black-tie three-course dinner in the Peninsular restaurant
- Brief visit to the black-tie ball
- An hour or so enjoying live 80’s band, Pulse
- Dancing the night away (and screeching at the top of our voices) to an excellent Caribbean band called Steele
- Dancing until the early hours of the morning at the disco to Motown and 80s soul music
My sister Rosiepoos was still suffering from jet-lag so retired for the evening after the dinner. By the time the rest of us returned to our cabins the Britannia was approaching our first cruise stop, Curacao!