We are at sea off the coast of Mexico, and expecting lots of rain when we get to San Pedro. Depending on where we tie up, getting our baggage to the Limo will be a soggy schlep.
This 16-day voyage aboard Odyssey has been a wonderful experience. What is interesting is, that on a high-end luxury cruise ship, the little quirks are magnified. Some of them are just not what is expected on such a splendid ship, but they happen. It is how, and if they are corrected, that is significant.
When we arrived in Acapulco, The Seabourn Herald gave the money exchange as $1.00 US = 8.34 Mexican Pesos. Actually the rate is around 12.7, and has been in that area for quite a while. Researching the error, it turns out the crew member monitoring exchange rates copied the wrong line on the world exchange list. $1.00 = 8.34 was the quote from Poland.
I brought this to the attention of one of the representatives in Seabourn Square who filter all questions and problems, send them to the proper places, and get you the solutions. Think of them as a terribly efficient purser’s desk, with no lines, and no blank faces when a conundrum crosses their path.
When we arrived in Cabo, the rate was corrected.
On the bow is a whirlpool which had dark sand in it deposited after someone brought beach back to the boat. The water was not hot enough, and the jets were not bubbling. Samantha came out with drinks and I told her the problems. Not her job for sure, but she said, “I’ll contact the bridge.” Less than 30 minutes later, the sand was removed, the heat was increased, and the bubbles were bursting on my sore back.
Something yesterday did surprise me. Colonnade serves lunch until 2 PM. To me this means I can enter at 1:55 and get my meal. By 1:40 yesterday a large tureen was empty of the label described contents. It was not refilled. After a bit, it was removed and an empty space left in the line of tureens.
Another food offering had two empty serving dishes. They were not refilled, and soon just disappeared.
One of the offerings no longer offered was a Filo dough and cheese triangle. Michael who was at the table before i got to the restaurant loved it, and told me i must have one. The last one disappeared onto the plate of a woman in front of me. No more appeared, and I went without. Was this a part of the Spa weight control program? If I were in charge, the plank would be readied.
It’s difficult not to duplicate superlatives when writing about this ship; the lush and plush robes; french fries beyond compare; the crew from room stewardess, to servers, to Captain, genial and eager to please. High tea, according to Paul Williams, is not to be missed.
Talking about Paul, we had dinner with him and his wife. Strange, as Paul said, we’ve known each other for years but had yet to meet. I am so glad we finally got together.
Is Seabourn Odyssey the best ship afloat? Many think so, but there are competitors that have acolytes of their own. I’ll be writing about this in an upcoming blog. Meanwhile, check out Avid Cruiser for some opinions.
Note: The Kindle is the best traveling companion (except for my wife) you’ll find. Even when we were at sea, we were able to immediately access a book Michael wanted to read.
Any real problems? Yes. Michael told me to hide my Tabasco bottle so room service wouldn’t mistakenly take it for a second time. I hid it.
We are at the end of the cruise. I have no idea where it is.
Sadly, the journey is winding down.
It’s been an ideal cruise. I base this on the fact that last night, Michael and I had a little disagreement over what day it was.