Live from MSC Lirica, Day 4

What a beautiful day, in a beatiful little town (Road Town). I have always loved the Virgin Islands (U.S. and British, I am really not that xenophobic). After a great English breakfast at the buffet, complete with fried tomatoes, beans, mushrooms and limp bacon , We hit the town. Once more, wheelchair accessibility on MSC is a joke. There were two exits from the boat to the dock, one on Deck 5 with about twenty steps, and one of Deck 4 with only four steps...thing is, for a wheelchair ONE is too many, and the difference between 4 and 20 is minimal. However, once again where the Line falls down, the staff made up for it. They would not even let me assist, as four burly seaman grabbed my brother's chair and just carried him on down the four steps. Really, all the staff so far have been extremely helpful, and mostly friendly (the others aren't unfriendly so much as just too serious about their jobs).

So, we cruised up and down the waterfront, looking at all the tourist "stuff", picked up the obligatory refrigerator magnet, sat in a little cafe and had a Ginger Beer (which I also smuggled a few back on the boat, because it just brings back childhood memories - I love Ginger Beer).

After a couple hours I was tired of pushing and Steve was tired of being bounced around (the sidewalks [where there are sidewalks] are less than optimal for wheeling, as is typical in this part of the world), so we headed back to the ship to chill out and have some lunch. A pretty good roasted veal on the menu today. AFterwards we hung out at the pool, and it was warm and calm and fabulous. At the risk of offending anyone, I just want to say I am sometimes reluctant to peel off the shirt this time of year, as I am "winter white"..but I was so far from being the whitest (or belly-havingest) person by the pool I felt totally un-self-conscious about letting it all hang out and getting a start on my 2009 TAN.

Played some goofy game by the pool, mostly because Marika, one of the crew, was just too darn cute to say "no" too, and it was time to rest up for dinner.

Dinner tonite was an appetizer of mozarella and tomatoes, okay - nothing I can't get at home, a cream of asparagus soup that was great, a Seafood Risotto that, like all the other risottos was nicely done, but a bit heavy on the mussels, which are not on my top 10 list seafood wise, and finally a Veal Cordon Bleu that was done to a turn - and I realized something else I really like about MSC...they are not so politically correct that they refuse to kill and eat little lambs and baby cows...I have had veal or lamb nearly every day, in some form and I really love both.

Now, the dessert story...If you remember, MSC prides itself on it's ice cream. Dinner ONE, I ordered the ice cream of the day for dessert and it turned out to be Rum Raisin, one of VERY few ice cream flavors I don't like. And last night, the whole Creme Brulee thing got in the way of the Ice Cream, so tonite I again ordered the Ice Cream of the Day, and GUESS WHAT FLAVOR IT WAS? Yup Rum Raisin again..........Anyway, I traded it out for some chocalate parfait thing that was okay - but I honestly wasn't even hungry by then.

So, after dinner, back to the casino, as I felt realy bad for taking them for $465, after my post last nite. Not to worry though, they got back about half of it. However, it took so long to lose $250, I totally missed the Elvis Tribute show (okay, just kidding, I didn't really miss it, so much as avoid it...sorry, but where I live, two hours from Vegas, there is an oversupply of Elvis Impersonators, I really don't need to see any more) - and there you have it, another day in Paradise.

WE are already tied up at the dock in St Maarten, though we can't get off the ship til morning...Due to the sea conditions the Captain decided to just come straight here and tie up overnite, rather than drive in circles all night as they usually do between ports this close...So up early tomorrow to get into St Maarten and buy some stuff, and I will tell you all about it tomorrow.


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