As internet is slow and expensive aboard the Island Princess, I'm writing this offline to copy and paste into facebook. We'll be 17 days on the cruise portion of this trip, and compared to our adventures in Thailand, the beginning has been free of travel complications. Thanks to brother, Tom, who dropped us off at Myrtle Beach airport to start this adventure on time.
Crossing the Atlantic by ship, you either hate or love it. We love it! Since you change time zones just once day, there is no jet lag. A cramped airplane seat is replaced by an adequate cabin space for sleeping, and plenty of room to walk around and explore the ship. Airline food/snacks are replaced by a cornucopia of eating selections.
The first night and day have blessed us with very calm seas. We were also blessed, sitting in the second row of the the theater to see comedian, Doug Funk, but somehow avoiding being the target of his barbs. Tonight was the first of three formal nights, and I was able to make use of my tux again. Somehow all I remember though is the tirimisu dessert at Sabatini's. It was a right-sized portion, encased with four delicate squares of chocolate, and topped with just the right amount of whipped cream. No time for a picture, as it was not too pretty to eat!
The cabin was fine, especially since we added an Italian exchange student who used the bunk feature. It was an ocean view on the 5th level. Actually would have booked a balcony, but was not expecting the weather to be so warm!