Thursday 23 March 2017
Today is a sea day and also the last day of the cruise before we dock back in Singapore tomorrow morning. On the agenda today is the all access behind the scenes tour followed by the champagne brunch and galley tour.
For the all access tour we had to check in at the shore excursion desk at 7:45am. This created a little problem as none of the restaurants opened until at least 7:30am for breakfast due to today being a sea day and not a port day. So, last night I ordered room service for 6:00am so we didn’t get hungry before our champagne lunch.
There was about 25 people in the group and we were each given a pass and lanyard to wear for the duration of the tour
First up we went to the bridge on deck 12. This would normally be scheduled for later in the morning but the bridge requested it be moved.
At each end of the bridge that hangs over the water there is a section of the floor with a glass panel to look down at the water.
In the corridor outside the bridge there were detailed plans of the Ovation hanging on the walls
We then went down to the American Icon Grill main dining room on deck 4 for a talk and then a tour of the galley
Next we had a look at a couple of the food storage areas
Bikes available for the crew to hire when in port
The I-95 runs the length of the ship on deck 3
One of the many doors along here is to the waste treatment room
Next it was the engine room control room
After the control room we walked the length of I-95 to the laundry room in the bow section.
Most of the I-95 looks white except for the areas that are accessible to passengers like the medical centre and the passenger embark/disembark area when in port.
A side corridor leading to a crew accomodation area
The tour was almost ending and it was running a little over time and I was getting concerned that we had to get back to the main dining room and check in for our galley tour and champagne brunch. One of the guides escorted us back up to deck 3 and to the lifts. She forgot to take our passes back. Woohoo. Souvenir!
We were at the front end of the ship and we had to make our way down to the back end but to get there we had to go through the slow moving crowds in the shopping areas. We did make it in time for check in at Silk.
There was champagne and nibblies
Then it was time for a galley tour. We had already had a galley tour earlier this morning with the all access tour and it was more comprehensive and with less people. This time there were so many people that we couldn’t hear what was being said – lucky we already did it this morning.
We tagged along at the end of the group and over the other side of the kitchen I saw this amazing cake and brought it to Peter’s attention. He asked one of the chefs near us about the cake. It was a lemon meringue cheesecake and is available in Jamie’s restaurant. That was a bummer because I don’t usually pay extra for the specialty restaurants. But! The chef told us that if we booked the main dining room tonight, when it came time to order dessert ask them for the lemon meringue cheesecake from Jamie’s and mention his name to our server and we would be able to have the cake. Hell yes we are doing that!
After the galley tour we were given a table in the American Icon Grill for our champagne brunch – lunch really.
Surf and Turf – oh my!
Royal Chocolate Cake
We spent most of the rest of the afternoon in the solarium. At one stage Peter went back to the cabin for some reason (can’t remember) and found his glasses, and a towel animal.
Late in the afternoon we went up to the seaplex to grab a hotdog to snack on. In the distance you can see the Malaysian mainland and as always there were a lot of ships in the area.
While here I noticed that some filming for something was going on. I didn’t get to find out but I enjoyed watching them for a little while. I couldn’t help wondering if the poor guy on camera was hot wearing that suit.
We went to dinner at 7:00pm at Silk and we were seated next to a young American couple who we were having a great conversation with. Come time for dessert and we asked our server for the lemon meringue cheesecake from Jamie’s and dropped the chef’s name. He couldn’t authorise it so he got his manager over to talk to us. We went through the same spiel with him, he went away and came back and said yes, we could have the cake though it may take a little while because it had to be brought down from Jamie’s on the deck above this one. I have to tell you that cake was AMAZING.
Later we went to the show in the theatre to see the Kikyo Brothers who were a juggling act. The were fun and entertaining though they had a couple of spills.
It’s kind of sad that tonight is the last night of the cruise, I would love to be on the ship for another few days or even another week.
See you tomorrow Singapore.