April 7 – Making lemonade
Well, we just now (10pm) got an email that there was a strike at Air France and our flights are changed. We will now get to CDG at 7:20 pm and have to spend the night at the CDG Marriot in Paris with no time to play or sight see. We will arrive at LAX at 1pm Sunday.
April 7 – LONG sea day
Today is a long sea cruise, we do not port until 9am. We did not sleep in because we had a disembarkation meeting at 9:30. We went to the international breakfast and I had lox, Carolyn had the eggs benedict again. It was good. A nice French couple sat across from us and we smiled and communicated as best we could.
The disembarkation meeting was about 30 min. long and contained a brief advertisement for future cruises. The instructions were pretty clear and are also on the ship channel and will be in our nightly info sheet. Our suitcases must be outside our room by 1am Saturday morning.
From there we did a bit of shopping, but nothing caught our eye. We went back to the cabin and did a lot of packing, since we will be in Rome all day tomorrow.
Lunch was confusing, since the hamburger and french fry place seemed to had disappeared, so back to the hot buffet. I had steak and potatoes and Carolyn had a little of this and that. We got ice cream bars from the machine and went back to the cabin to eat them. Then we took naps, lovely.
I got up before Carolyn and went for a walk. I found a quiz going on and had a ginger ale while I watched. I shopped a bit to kill time and also went up to the top of the ship to see what it looked like on a cold, choppy sea day. It was deserted except for an older couple in the Jacuzzi. I stopped back at the room, checked the daily activities and went to the craft activity. Keyane and Courtney were there, looking sleepy and Irene and Bobbi also, along with about 30 women. We made little decorations in the Italian flag colors and I will wear mine to dinner on a barrette. The girls and I made enough for everyone. I wandered a bit more and then returned to the cabin.
Carolyn and I are watching American sit coms in Italian and waiting for dinner. Dinner was FUN! The waiters sang and led us all dancing in a conga line and our waiter briefly waltzed with each of the ladies at his tables. The music was loud and fun and we really enjoyed it. And then to top it off, it was Keyane’s birthday so we had cake and sang happy birthday. All in all, a very satisfying meal. We did discuss our feelings about the ship and we all felt that there were a lot of issues. Emmett and Andrea have done Costa 2 other times and feel it has gone down hill each time. Larry and Linda, who are regular cruisers, feel that Costa is very lacking. The girls just mostly want the best price.
Tomorrow we go to Rome, we have kept enough out of our suitcases for Rome and then for our trip home on Saturday. We are both looking forward to Rome and home!