As I sit to write, we’re rounding the southern tip of Greece, passing between the mainland and the Isle of Crete. It’s dark out but I can see strings of lights and luminous clumps from our balcony, so we must be close to land. It’s been a full day at sea as we make our way to Athens. The weather was perfect; we took advantage of the swimming pools and deck chairs on our floating hotel.
Ron decided to be adventurous and did some wall climbing. He scrambled up the medium level with ease, so decided to try the advanced climb. The old guy’s still got it! It was no easy task; we watched people much younger give up half way up and come back down defeated.
The entertainment on the boat is great. Last night we watched a husband and wife team doing an acro-balance performance. They’re called Crazy Horse and have to be seen to be believed. They’re phenomenal, already holding records for some of their feats. What impressed me is the ease at which they lift and balance and hold their stances. They not only make it look effortless with no sign of strain on their faces, but they manage to move so smoothly to the music as they balance, it could be compared to a sexy Latin dance. The woman can hold her husband’s full weight (he’s a big muscular guy and she looks small beside him). As she stands with knees bent, he sits on her legs, puts his feet on her shoulders and then they both slowly lean back. Both bodies are parallel to the floor and all the weight is on her lower legs. Wow!
Earlier tonight we watched Jonathan Kane impersonating Sir Elton John. Really talented! I’d have to say he sings Elton John’s old stuff better than Elton does now. He looks like him, too, with the wild suits, dark glasses and distinctive gap between his front teeth. It was fun. Ron and I had fourth row seats and even got up to dance on the stage as he sang his encore.
We’re enjoying the cruise thus far. Food is good. Norwegian offers free-style dining which means we don’t have assigned seating in a formal dining room each evening. There are many restaurants to choose from: pool-side casual to ultra formal. We plan to enjoy them all.
The sights are beautiful. Rugged hillsides, jagged coasts and spectacular sunsets. The color of the water is different here than we’ve seen other places. In Mexico we saw a brilliant turquoise. In Alaska, it was dark jade, but this is the bluest water I’ve ever seen. As we looked down from the wall in Dubrovnik yesterday we could even see through the clear water.
The staff on the boat are friendly and smiling, encouraging everyone to chill out and have fun. Even the clocks on the pool deck offer great advice.
My favorite part so far, however, was enjoying a sunrise from our bed this morning. Without even lifting our heads off the pillow, we watched the early morning sky light up in shades of orange and purple as the sun slowly inched it’s way to the horizon. Hard to get any better than that!