I’m going with the BS (Baltic Sea) Tour for the post title. Sure it’s low hanging fruit, I’m still in the funk of time change. For those that are just joining us, I took an 11-day Baltic Sea cruise with my daughter. We went for the ports and more importantly to see my niece, Peanut, and her boyfriend, Special K, perform on the ship.
Travel was rough, we encountered a significant plane delay and lines that make that Popeye’s chicken sandwich debacle seem like child’s play. Nonetheless we soldiered through and made it to the ship on time. My niece greeted us in our cabin and suddenly the hassles of international travel melted away in an instant. My daughter and I got situated, cleaned the first layer of travel filth off ourselves and sauntered over to the dinning room.
We selected anytime dinning because committing to a specific time each evening seemed too confining. The first night we agreed to share a table with randoms to avoid a longer wait. I find this part of cruising fun because I could talk to a baked potato, for hours. My DD however, would prefer to eat in a closet. The meal was fine and I managed to stick to my “one dessert a day rule” (Creme Brulee) for day one.
That evening there was a show with Peanut, Special K and the entire cast so naturally we went. The show was good, better than what I expected on a cruise ship (my expectations were cheesy glitz). Peanut had a bit of a cold and I could tell she wasn’t 100% not sure if the other audience members were aware, I’ve watched her perform since the womb. She waved and sang to me from the ultrasound when I took her mom to the OB appointment late in pregnancy (that’s a slight exaggeration, very slight). Nonetheless, I was thrilled to watch her perform in front of a thousand shipmates.
I went to the 8pm and 10pm show and sat in the first row for the early show. The second show I was in the way back and I noticed she sounded different. One singer in the show really stood out, Willis White, that man had Broadway oozing out of him. I later found out he’s been on Broadway a bunch of times, that’s the Holy Grail for my niece. She told me the next day she had them use a track for her voice in the second show to preserve her voice for upcoming shows. Unfortunately, she had to lip sync to someone else’s track because they hadn’t yet recorded her voice for this particular show.
Day two was a sea day which means you can sleep late and play Bingo. Actually there were a ton of activities to choose from, we chose – sleep, eat and chat. Got to spend time with Peanut & Special K while getting familiar with the ship. Peanut was sipping tea that smelled like licorice and woodsy sacrifices. Some crafted concoction to soothe her vocal cords to get her back to 100% for this evening’s show, Bravo.
It was a mellow day of recovery for all until things picked up in the evening. Peanut and Special K could not join us for dinner due to sound checks and other show prep, so my DD and I wandered back to the dinning room. This time we waited for a table for two. The table was situated next to a couple who were very chatty (more like a table for 4). We didn’t mind though they were very nice.
The husband was a Special Ed teacher and while we were there he got a call from a former student who called to let him know about a job he got. This student struggled a lot in high school and this teacher had a profound impact on his life. With guidance, grit and determination this former student managed to become a lawyer and called to announce his deep into 6-figures salary. I was honored to be sitting near someone so influential in the life of someone who once struggled.
Oh and did I mention the dessert? Dear Gawd, they had something called a Chocolate Journey which should come with a warning label – Instant addiction: You will be haunted by this dessert for all of your remaining days, consume with caution. You’ll still eat it, you’ll just have a better understanding of the craving that will shadow you for the rest of the cruise and the debilitating moment of disappointment when each night you check the menu and it’s not there. It kind of resembles a viking helmet or at least part of one. It’s a combination of crisp-creamy-hazlenut-chocolate magnificence.
More to come…