ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT
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.