Nope, we couldn't bring ourselves to leave the ship again. In our defense, we only had a couple hours in Venice before the ship sailed to Dubrovnik. It was just difficult to justify the toll that going back into Venice would take on our bodies and pocketbook. We did get up for the first trivia of the day and met the couple that would make us the power trivia team of the ship. Jeannie and Paul are in the middle of two back to back cruises, and have done 26 with Princess. Not only are they smart, but they fill in the gaps in our knowledge. I actually feel a little guilty because our team has won every trivia we have shown up for. In other news, stay tuned for some Princess giveaways...
Since we weren't sailing out until today, we finally had the muster drill, which was fairly painless. After that was the sailaway from Venice, which must be the most beautiful port to sail from. The weather was perfect, and James searched the whole ship for the best vantage point. The ship played Italian music over the loud speakers as we watched St. Mark's Square drift by. I know there is a lot of controversy regarding sailing into Venice through the canals, and I would totally rather have Venice in the future than keep the ability for cruise ships to sail past the city if that is what it takes. But, I have to say that I am glad to have experienced it.
The obligatory cruise critic meet went off without a hitch and for the first time, actually met fans of our show in person. (Assuming you don't count my Dad.) That was a lot of fun because they felt like they knew us already and were totally prepared for James' personality. If you can believe it, he comes off as a little dry to most people who meet him. ;)
Let's breakdown the highlights!
1. Meeting Joann and Calvin, our other dining partners who run a camp in Canada and claim the gondola in Venice is totally worth it. They spent only 80 euros and had an excellent time.
2. James winning the yes/no challenge with the cruise director. They call him "the great equivocator" at work, so it wasn't too hard for him to not be definitive. The best response? CD "Do you have any nicknames?"
James "I do"
CD "What do they call you?"
James "Most people call me Captain Lay"
The room burst into laughter, and the cruise director claimed that she wouldn't touch that one. Still, it's true.
3. As I turned in a raffle/quiz, the assistant cruise director got the jump on me during a dance party and dragged me out on the dance floor. I went with it, twisted and mash potatoed my way to applause from the crowd and a little Asian woman later identifying me as "that good dancer" in the buffet line.
4. Eating chocolate chip cookies, watching "The Hunger Games" while bundled up outside for "Movies Under The Stars".
We're enjoying Princess so far, and are wishing for more sea days.