Day 5, Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Mom and I had both been to Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands. Since none of the excursions tempted us, we stayed on the ship and enjoyed sitting alone on the 17th deck forward hot spa while admiring the beautify vista of contrasting white sand and green mountains. Tortola is among a series of tortoise-looking islands.
While in port, the ship has all sorts of activities for those who stay onboard. I couldn’t talk mom into pampering herself with a relaxing massage or facial. She’s almost 90 and didn’t feel the need for the TLC. There was a Flash Mob Class, but I couldn’t see myself starting one of these. Nor did I have an interest in making an Origami Samurai hat. Of course, there were the usual game shows for those who enjoyed that type of activity. For me, it was pleasurable to kick off my sandals on the deck and read a good book.
In the afternoon, I walked the gangplank hovering 164 ft about the water. After doing Tree-Ump, this rope course was easy. The z-line was the width of the ship, not very long. For those who have never experienced this type of activity, it was scary and thrilling. I guess I just can’t feel scared when I’m tethered to the course; without the danger, even my fear of heights doesn’t kick in. I wish I had this bravado when facing other risky situations.
In the Manhattan Dining Room and were treated to a soulful love revue by the same group that performed After Midnight. I enjoyed their singing here more than the performance the other night because their single was clearer.
The Levity Entertainment Group was a bust. Comedy can be hard depending on the audience and tonight’s punchlines didn’t strike up much laughter. I felt sorry for the entertainers.