First full day out to sea…Mundane but memorable…

A ferry was sailing out of Southampton.

Fascinating Fact of the Day About Celebrity Silhouette:
From this site:

“Celebrity Silhouette is built to the same design as the preceding three ships. Overall, the completed ship is 319 metres (1,047 ft), with a 36.8 metres (121 ft) beam and a tonnage value of 122,400 gross tons. Celebrity Silhouette carries 2,885 passengers.

Name:  Celebrity Silhouette
Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Operator: Celebrity Cruises
Port of registry: Valletta, Malta
Ordered:1 8 May 2007[1]
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg
Cost: $640 million (USD)”

Today is our first full day out to sea, with five more remaining until we arrive in New York on October 31, 2019, the day of our seventh anniversary. We booked a reservation for dinner in the Murano, a specialty restaurant, to celebrate the evening over what we expect to be a fabulous dinner.

Tonight, we’ll be dining in Qzine, another specialty restaurant with a group of 30 or more Cruise Critic members. The cruise ship arranged special pricing for the group of US $35 per person, usually priced at US $55 per person for what we experienced as a spectacular meal when we previously dined at Qzine a few years ago.

With our premium drink packages, we will be able to partake in any beverages offered on the menu, including wines and Tom’s favorite VSOP Cognac. Although I don’t drink more than two glasses of wine in a night, the quality of my selection is pertinent.
Passengers on passing boats often wave to passengers on a cruise ship.
Tonight, it should be pretty enjoyable to be seated in one of the groups at shared tables. Last night we met a wonderful couple, Suzanne and Bryan, in the bar who joined us for dinner in the main dining room. We had a chatty and delightful meal with the two of them.

The restaurant manager and staff are going over the top to ensure my meals are satisfactory, actually more than needed. After all, if they serve me a chunk of salmon and steamed vegetables, I am perfectly content. When I’m extra hungry, I order a Caesar salad minus the croutons.

Tom and I both watch the quantity of food we consume on this cruise, preferring not to gain weight. Many options are befitting my way of eating, and I could easily eat more than necessary.
This morning’s Cruise Critic meeting was held in the Sky Lounge on deck 14.
This morning we had breakfast in the formal dining room, and I ordered my usual two poached eggs, cooked well done smoked salmon, and sliced cucumber, which will hold me until dinner. Tom had three poached eggs, bacon, ½ of an English muffin, and a small triangle of hash browns.

After breakfast, we headed to our favorite spot, Cafe al Bacio, and I ordered a sugar/caffeine-free vanilla macchiato with real cream. Tom ordered the caramel macchiato, again with real cream.  

That coffee drink is my one indulgence for the day since I don’t eat fruit or any dessert. We forego lunch each day and are avoiding any off-meal times to check out the buffet on deck 14. But it’s certainly tempting.
The Sky Lounge is a great spot to stop for drinks and conversation.
Today at 2:00 pm is the “cabin crawl,” where members of Cruise Critic will tour a variety of cabin categories. We haven’t decided if we’ll do this today when we both need a nap. I had another fitful night with little sleep.
With no ports-of-call over these next six days, our posts will consist of mindless drivel, a little bit of this, and that when sea days, although pleasant for socialization, are quiet and relatively uneventful.

We’ll be back tomorrow with new photos from tonight’s gourmet adventure and whatever morsels we can share as we relax and enjoy every moment of this cruise.
Have a wonderful Saturday!

Photo from one year ago today, October 25, 2017:

Waterbucks are beautiful animals. For more photos, please click here.

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