Cruise Day 11 – At Sea

We are at sea today, in transit from Puerto Quetzal to Puerto Vallarta. A relaxing day was needed after not feeling 100% the day before which was most likely due to eating heavy cream the evening before. We had breakfast in Blu, but this time I had the french toast and took my own tea. The fresh squeezed orange juice is always good here (they have it in the MDR too, but not in the café or from room service).

Today we had been invited for a bridge tour. The thing that struck me the most was how much room they had in this bridge – it was wide open.

Random brain dump of what I remember from the tour:

The first officer was telling us how careful they have to be at night to watch out for large fishing nets in this area. He said the fisherman like their nets so at least they mark them with lights, but it can be difficult to spot them in time. The second officer who answered most of our questions was a Greek woman. She told us how they have great opportunities to learn on this ship. Captain Patsoulas works with each officer to teach them how to bring the ship in and out of port by asking them their plan, then telling him what his plan would be, and then by walking them through it with them controlling the ship. I really cannot fathom controlling the movement of something as big as this ship, but I suppose like anything else you learn on something smaller and go up from there.

Celebrity Millennium: Bridge Tour

Celebrity Millennium: Bridge Tour

Celebrity Millennium: Bridge Tour

Celebrity Millennium: Bridge Tour

Celebrity Millennium: Bridge Tour

On a related subject, the next day we had an engine control room tour. I have nothing technical to say about this. Oh wait, I take that back – the ship has azipods. In order to achieve maximum speed they have to shut down some of the air conditioners. And, the engineers worked short shifts, like 4 hours and you can see why since they are in a windowless room responding to alarms and details on computer monitors. It was A LOT of computer screens and control switches.

Celebrity Millennium: Engine Control Room

Celebrity Millennium: Engine Control Room

Celebrity Millennium: Engine Control Room

Celebrity Millennium: Engine Control Room

Today I had lunch at Aqua Spa Café. They had a salad and a small seafood plate that had shrimp, a mussel, and tiny scallops. Following that I had to try the iced tea that I had heard about at Cafe Al Bacio. The white ginger pear was delicious and big enough for two people. Or, in my case, a good amount to fully hydrate one person. While having tea I met a nice couple from Anacortes who were also on their first cruise with Celebrity.

This pyramid shaped box is how Tea Forte packages their product. A day later I tried the iced pomegranate blackberry, but truthfully I liked the white ginger pear better and will likely order myself some. Click through to the Tea Forte site and see how they present their iced tea – it is really nicely done and worked well. I don’t often make iced tea because I find it inconvenient, but with their pitcher it seemed easy. On the ship one serving was $5.75 (including the tip). A heckuva a splurge for tea of any kind.

Celebrity Millennium: Misc

Like the past few days we hung out up at the Mast Bar in the afternoon. Two for one frou-frou drink specials are from 4 to 6 pm. I didn’t partake after feeling sick the day before.

We had dinner at MDR. I had the prosciutto di parma appetizer, a radicchio/radish salad, and the asian tofu stir fry for my main course. It was very good! Lots of parsley and slightly spicy. For dessert I had sacher torte. Per usual I should have stuck with the mango sorbet as it would have been easier on my stomach. Lucky me, I had a glass of Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc leftover from dinner at Olympic. Being on the sweeter side it was a good match for spicy stir fry. As a side note, the wine by the glass chardonnay that I’ve found to be the best is the Freemark Abbey. It only seems to be available in Cellar Masters though.

Richard had a spinach pastry pocket appetizer, caesar salad, and veal cordon bleu. For dessert he had the cheesecake. Both the caesar salad and cheesecake are from the everyday menu.

I’ll leave you today with a photo of the blue Pacific waters and my sock-in-progress. I did carry these around with me depending on what we were doing. My Cruise Critic username is TobyKnits after all so I figured I should live up to it.

Celebrity Millennium: Misc

Celebrity Millennium: Misc

One Response to “Cruise Day 11 – At Sea”

  1. Anne Says:

    You can really get a sense of scale for how BIG the ship is when you see the control rooms – mind-boggling really.

    I’ll wholeheartedly vote for Tea Forte’s iced tea. Easy to make, good flavors, doesn’t get weird and bitter very easily either.

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