AC­TIV­I­TIES AND EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

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With so much choice of daily ac­tiv­i­ties on­board, you can re­ally make your hol­i­day your own – and as such, dur­ing sea days, we found our­selves very quickly fall­ing into a sim­i­lar pat­tern of ac­tiv­ity. My daugh­ters grav­i­tated,

al­most ev­ery day, to the swim­ming pools, and had hours of fun swim­ming and en­joy­ing the open air from the Lido Deck. Close by was the adult-only Seren­ity pool, and the Hy­drother­apy pools - a high­light for me, es­pe­cially when timed to en­joy the won­der­ful sun­rise, sun­sets and, of course, the vast ocean seascape. The mem­bers of the En­ter­tain­ment Team were su­perb – in­cred­i­bly friendly, warm and en­thu­si­as­tic. They made the Trop­i­cal Deck Party and Sail Away cel­e­bra­tions our fam­ily favourites, with other high­lights in­clud­ing com­edy evenings, singers and trib­ute bands, mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions such as I’ve Got The Mu­sic In Me, fea­tur­ing mu­sic from the best of the West End and Broad­way. The Sound of The Un­der­ground was an un­for­get­table mu­si­cal trip on the tube, and there were also magic shows, ven­tril­o­quists and all man­ner of per­for­mances to choose from. The num­ber of new re­leases show­ing at The Stu­dio, the mid­ships cin­ema, re­ally was im­pres­sive and we were able to en­joy many great movies, such as A Street Cat Named Bob, Al­lied and La La Land. There were also quizzes by the pool, salsa danc­ing, bingo, jug­gling work­shops, tax free shop­ping events, guest speak­ers, and more. Even on the round-the-world cruise you would strug­gle to run out of things to do! Dur­ing the day­time we made sev­eral on­board friend­ships as a re­sult of tak­ing part in the of­ten rather lively, and grip­ping, sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions! From Ge­off and Val in Som­er­set, a lovely cou­ple, who were al­most un­beat­able dur­ing ta­ble ten­nis dou­bles, (they prac­tised reg­u­larly at home!) to Zara, a fierce com­peti­tor from Suf­folk, whose shuf­fle­board tal­ent earned her the ti­tle of cham­pion be­fore the fort­night was over. For some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent, we joined in the fun at The Cook­ery Club for an even­ing of Tapas, Chur­ros and San­gria. Head Chef Nino Gio­vanni Macma­hon, and his two sous chefs, hosted a won­der­ful mas­ter­class, with im­pres­sive hands-on demon­stra­tions, fol­lowed by a sit-down even­ing meal, where they served us plate upon plate of the most de­li­cious tapas I have ever tasted – fol­lowed by heav­enly choco­late, with a recipe they claimed to be the best brownie recipe in the world (and I be­lieve them!). This made for a very un­usual, and sat­is­fy­ing, din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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