Sea Day and Surgery

Sea Day   July 28, 2014

Partly Cloudy, 66 degrees,  sunset 9:45 pm

Kayla here is your song from Sheldon and Prissy.

Soft kitty, warm kitty, little bar of fur

Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr

Kayla this day is for you.  Hope your knee surgery went well.  We are all thinking of you and Leonard sends his love.

Back to the trip…….

Breakfast was at 9am with half an omelet (mom and I shared) and pancakes right off the griddle. YUM

It is a sea day which means a lazy day.  There is an upper respiratory bug going around.  I am trying to stay out of common areas that are crowded.  People are very inconsiderate about covering their cough or just staying in their room.  The Captain has made 3 announcements in the last 3 days about it.  There are large wheels of cheese in the Lido at lunch.  One lady held it with her hand while she cut some off.  To late once she touched it to tell her that is what the fork is for.

Went to 2 culinary classes today.  One was on food from the Netherlands.  We learned how to make Bitterballen and Dutch Pea Soup.  The soup was made with fresh green peas not split peas.  Have to say, I like my soup better made from split peas.  This was a vegie broth with onions, carrots and peas cooked with a piece of sausage.  It was different.

We had a light lunch since we are off to the Cannaletto (Italian) Restaurant tonight.  We loved it on the Eurodam and will have to see how the Veendam compares.

We hit happy hour today.  It was not very busy at all.  The view from the Crows Nest was spectacular.  It was sunny and bright.  We are passing oil rigs and cargo ships all around us.  Mom and I were hoping to be up early in the morning as we come down the canal and through the locks into Amsterdam, but the Captain just came on and said they upped our slot to 4:00am.  So there goes that idea.

Dinner was very good.  We had a salumi plate with cured hams and cheese, meatballs and a salad with beets, spiced walnuts and gorgonzola.  On the Veendam they combine the pasta and large plates in the same course.  I like that.  We had rigatoni with calamata olives and Italian sausage, veal picatta, and braised short ribs with gnocchi.  Dessert was torte cacao (chocolate cake with vanilla gelato), strawberry gelato and pistachio gelato. 

We  played at the casino and walked a bit after dinner.  Tonights show was the Dancing with the Stars finale for this leg of the cruise.  It was a lot of fun.  The best dance won (as it should be).  The funniest part was the end there was technical trouble with the music to close the show.  Bruce (CD) stalled for a while, did a river dance for us and finally closed it out without the finale.

Good night from the slow moving MS Veendam.

Rigatoni

Rigatoni

Veal Picatta

Veal Picatta

Short ribs and Gnocchi

Short ribs and Gnocchi

Torte Cacaoa

Torte Cacaoa

Pistachio Gelato

Pistachio Gelato

Strawberry Gelato

Strawberry Gelato

New beef dish with porchini mushrooms and asperagus

New beef dish with porchini mushrooms and asperagus

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