Day 15 - Sunday 23 December - New York to Caribbean Day 1

3:30 wakeup. Broken sleep til 6am.

View from our balcony, day 1 of cruise to Caribbean
View from our balcony, day 1 of cruise to Caribbean

View from our balcony, day 1 of cruise to Caribbean
View from our balcony, day 1 of cruise to Caribbean

View from our balcony, day 1 of cruise to Caribbean
View from our balcony, day 1 of cruise to Caribbean

View from our balcony, day 1 of cruise to Caribbean
View from our balcony, day 1 of cruise to Caribbean

Our balcony chairs
Our balcony chairs

Breakfast in Kings Court with the sweetie. Afterwards I went to the tour office to book tickets for one of the St Kitts shore excursions.

Then spent some time on the Polperro jigsaw and finished that (someone had restored it to the point where I got up to before it was destroyed, so I pretty much did most of that jigsaw at some point by myself).

Completed Polperro jigsaw
Completed Polperro jigsaw

Came back to the room for a bit and then at 12:15 went to the first of Doug Burgess's talks on The Pirate Myth.

For lunch we tried out the Kings Court pizza and pasta bar which wasn't too bad (although the sweetie's bowels did *not* thank him later).

Stu at lunch on Queen Mary 2
Stu at lunch on Queen Mary 2

Went to the 14:00 planetarium show, Dark Universe narrated by Neil deGrasse Tylor.

Spent some time on the horrible art jigsaw sorting pieces by shape.

At 15:30 went to Dr Fred Broder's talk on How to stay sane, happy and wise in an ever-changing world, which reminded me a lot of the two day training course I did once called "From technical professional to manager and leader" which was just sitting around listening to stories for two days. Life motivational type stuff which was all good.

And did a bit of ship wandering

Gingerbread village created for Christmas on the Queen Mary 2
Gingerbread village created for Christmas on the Queen Mary 2

Gingerbread village created for Christmas on the Queen Mary 2
Gingerbread village created for Christmas on the Queen Mary 2

Gingerbread village created for Christmas on the Queen Mary 2
Gingerbread village created for Christmas on the Queen Mary 2

Britannia Restaurant on deck 2
Britannia Restaurant on deck 2

Britannia Restaurant on deck 2
Britannia Restaurant on deck 2

Queen Mary 2 in New York, Gobelin by Barbara Broekman, The Netherlands
Queen Mary 2 in New York, Gobelin by Barbara Broekman, The Netherlands

Britannia Club restaurant
Britannia Club restaurant

Came back to the room (where the sweetie was feeling pretty miserable poor thing) and got ready for dinner. I'd been planning to watch all of Love Actually which they were having on the big screen at 17:00, but we were also invited to Captains drinks in the Queens Room at 18:30. So I watched the first hour and a quarter of the movie before going to that.

Captain Aseem Hashmi welcoming Grills guests
Captain Aseem Hashmi welcoming Grills guests

Captain Aseem Hashmi and senior officers at the Captain's Drinks
Captain Aseem Hashmi and senior officers at the Captain's Drinks

Then to dinner which was all very nice, and bed.

Ballontine of quail, braised button onions, smoked bacon confit and a light quail jus that I had for entrée
Ballontine of quail, braised button onions, smoked bacon confit and a light quail jus that I had for entrée

28 day aged Onley Grounds chateaubriand of beef, gratin potatoes and bearnaise sauce that I had for mains
28 day aged Onley Grounds chateaubriand of beef, gratin potatoes and bearnaise sauce that I had for mains

Iced grand marnier parfait, with orange sauce, that I had for dessert
Iced grand marnier parfait, with orange sauce, that I had for dessert

Moon over the North Atlantic from our balcony
Moon over the North Atlantic from our balcony