Today was day at sea for us here on the Eurodam. I pretty much took it easy today as we sailed through the warm, turquoise waters of the Bahamas en-route to Grand Turk. The day began with a delicious breakfast in the Lido Restaurant which we had the chance to enjoy under the warm Caribbean sun at the aft Lido.
After breakfast I actually came back to my stateroom and took a short nap out on the balcony. I guess I was still pretty tired from the first day! Anyway, after my relaxing nap with the waves as my sound machine, I took an hour long walk around the ship to familiarize myself with the areas I had not yet visited. I even took a walk around the Eurodam’s complete walk around promenade deck. I must say that the outdoor promenade is my favorite area so far. The entire promenade is lined with benches and padded lounge chairs so you can just sit out and watch the waves pass you by. It is truly a very relaxing and peaceful area of the ship.
During the afternoon, I also had the chance to sit down with the Mark Ballas, Joey Fatone, Lacey Schwimmer, and Sabrina Bryan from ABC’S Dancing With The Stars and ask a few questions about the new program they are launching with Holland America Line. I will be posting this q & a later this week. If you do not already know, this sailing of the Eurodam is the inaugural cruise of Dancing With The Stars At Sea, an addition to Holland America Line’s already spectacular entertainment lineup. Dancing With The Stars At Sea will bring newly enhanced dance classes, dance shows, and a very exciting dance contest to all the HAL ships. I will have more on this new partnership later this week.
Moving on to a more delicious topic – dinner. Tonight we had the chance to dine in one of the Eurodam’s high end specialty restaurants, Canaletto, which is the ship’s Italian restaurant. The Italian atmosphere is created with the music playing in the background, the waiters dressed as gondola pilots, and even the waiters speaking a bit of Italian! For a starter, the waiters brought around a huge plate of assorted Italian meats, cheese, and vegetables including Prosciutto, mozzarella, and Genoa salami. My main entrée tonight was the linguine. The linguine was aptly prepared with a delicious, creamy, white wine sauce covering the noodles, scallops, and shrimp. This dish was truly amazing! Of course, this was a large serving so I had a hard time finishing all of it, but I managed! The night in the Canaletto was finished off with gelato and a special and unexpected dessert – cotton candy! Picture this, formal night in one of the ship’s most expensive restaurants with 9 people in suits and dresses using our hands to eat green colored sugar off of two plates. The cotton candy added to the fun time had by all and a dining experience I will never forget.
Where is Mike Today? Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos.
Next Port of Call: San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, February 19th