Sea Days Can be Perfectly Splendid

Foggy Morning Sapphire PrincessI’ve heard people say they think sea days on a ship would be boring and confining, but I’d like to offer a little counterpoint. Sapphire Princess in Nagasaki Cruise ships are like small towns—a world unto themselves—so life is mostly what you make of it. Planning our day Sapphire Princess Alan and I have grown to love sea days. (Don’t tell me it’s just ’cause we’re old!)Pastries International Cafe Sapphire Princess On the Princess Sapphire’s Southeastern Asia cruise, we had trouble sleeping through the night at first (being 13 time zones from home), Sapphire Princess Early Morning Breakfast so our days started with coffee and pastries from the International Café
(open 24-hours) sometime between 2-5 am. First Breakfast of pastries Sapphire Princess After our first breakfast, Checking the menu Alan always had to check the menu to see what was going to be for dinner, Skywalkers Nightclub Sapphire Princess and then we’d zip up to the Skywalkers Nightclub on the 18th floor, which was completely empty that early and gave us ethereal views of the sun waking up.Tea in the Skywalkers Lounge Sapphire Princess We’d sip tea and share “devotions,” reading our Bibles aloud and praying. Breakfast. Horizon Buffet Sapphire Princess By 7 am, it was time for our second breakfast, which was often a meal we enjoyed with other guests in the International Dining Room  or a quick buffet-style breakfast at the Horizon Court. The Full English Breakfast (No matter where you eat, you can still get the “Full English”
+ a zillion other items every day). Foggy Morning Walk Sapphire Princess After breakfast, we usually took an hour walk around the deck
(which had an exact 0.33-mile course) Swimming laps Sapphire Princess followed by swimming laps in one of their several gorgeous swimming pools… Workout Area Sapphire Princess although if the weather was at all inclement, I preferred a good workout in the exercise room, View of Exercise Room Sapphire Princess followed by time in the dry sauna and then a soak in their steam sauna. Towels Sapphire Princess To me, that was the height of luxury! Buffet Lunch By then, we’d worked up an appetite for lunch and a nap! 🙂  Lecture on Cooking. Sapphire Princess Some days we listened to live lectures Cirque du Soleil Sapphire Princess or watched performances Big Screen Movie Theater at their “Movies Under the Stars” poolside theater. Decor on the Sapphire Princess We also spent time reading and writing. In fact, Alan read so much that he finally started borrowing books from their library! Fancy Dinners Sapphire Princess After a leisurely afternoon, we’d dress up and find our way to our very own table, Lobster Dinner Sapphire Princesswhere we always enjoyed an outstanding dinner. Shows well attended Sapphire Princess Every evening there were multiple options for live performances Watching movie at night Sapphire Princess as well as new release movies shown “under the stars.” Chinese Acrobats Sapphire Princess Usually we could find something interesting, but if not, Chess anyone? Sapphire Princess there were always moonlight walks, hot tubbing, games, Captain's Gala Sapphire Princess meeting new people, or just being together. Fruit Creations Sapphire Princess For us, every day was a phenomenal day, Food Fun Sapphire Princess but I also think that of the basic elements for a happy life Fun Food! are available to anyone who lives in any small community. Fascinating Fruits If we have shelter, food, friendship, and opportunities for spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional growth …isn’t that enough? Great wait staff Sapphire Princess I often hear of people thinking that being a Christian would be boring and confining, but I don’t. I think it’s even better than being on a cruise!Sunset Leaving Hong Kong Harbor Sapphire Princess“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).



3 thoughts on “Sea Days Can be Perfectly Splendid

  1. Looks like you had a great time. Were you never sea sick? Christoph thinks this would happen to him and I’m not much better!

    1. Alan has gotten sick on a rare occasion (like bad storm at sea), but I never do. The ships are so big that they’re extremely stable, and much of the time we don’t even think about the fact that we’re on water. This cruise was very calm.

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