Thursday, September 29, 2011

Portland Maine

Almost done with our day in Portland, ME. Breakfast in our cabin has been our habit. Only the day after departing NY was nice enough to have breakfast on the verandah. But, we have a nice dining table in the suite.

A city tour and lighthouses for an excursion today. Saw Bug Light, Spring Point Head Light and Portland Head Light-this is the lighthouse picture framed in my office from a previous visit.

It has been much warmer than expected throughout the trip so far. We definitely did not bring the right clothes; but, we have managed to get by.

Filling in from earlier when I didn't have service, we had a great meal at Bice in NY - an Italian restr at 54th & Madison. The Waldorf was impeccable. Cafe Metro was great for chocolate chip cookies & milk. Smith & Wilensky was great. The show, Jersey Boys, was wonderful and very entertaining.

NY traffic was outrageous due to 9/11 events. But, our driver got us to the port faster than we had expected.

Our suite on the ship is very nice. Two separate rooms plus a dining area. Quite comfortable. Our butler, Keith, has been taking good care of us.

The entertainment onboard has been excellent. It is nice to be back with live singers, a live band, an a capella quartet and a singer/guitarist named Rick Steele - we have been up late (for us) the past two nights as he has continued singing beyond his scheduled time. Hard to believe we were out until midnight last night!

We have two nice couples as tablemates. A diverse group and we have enjoyed good conversations. On the first night, we rec'd a complimentary dinner at the Normandie specialty restaurant. I had the best rack of lamb. Jill's steak was delicious.

The ship has had 5 (yes, five) trivia games every day. We love it. Haven't been able to get to them all; but, we go to every one we can.

That's all for now. Gotta get ready for dinner.

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