Second day at sea en route to St. Thomas from Ft. Lauderdale. Second day of more wine tasting, but breakfast must come first. Trying room service one more time, my breakfast was delivered at the time I requested. If you like the coffee you make at home, be prepared for a stronger version when you are on a ship. I love my coffee, but sometimes it’s just too strong. To circumvent a misguided uber-sugaring, order a pot of hot water whenever you order or pour your own coffee.
When am I ever going to get outside! The $20 prepaid wine tasting began at noon…and would last for an hour. Lunch would have to be upstairs in the buffet. The “Wines Around the World” event began at the Cellar Masters Bar with six tasting stations set up within the area. There probably were not more than forty people signed up so it wasn’t crowded and there was easy access to the various wines, snacks and all-important dump bucket. It was a cleverly organized event with some very good wines.
With a lot of writing to catch up on, I decided it was best to sequester myself in the buffet for dinner. A nice feature that is catching on with many cruise lines is the extended pizza/pasta bar. While I haven’t met a pizza I didn’t like, except maybe that weird Hawaiian pizza concept, it’s good to note that you can request a made-to-order pizza. The pizzas on the Equinox aren’t the personal size (by my standards) but closer to a 12” pie. No, I didn’t get the pizza. I opted for the salad bar, a wonderful spicy vegetable curry with jasmine rice and a small piece of some kind of baked fish. Not knowing what I missed in the main dining room, I was quite happy with my choices in the buffet. Bar service is also available, but by now I was up to my eyeballs in wine and an iced tea was perfect.
Tomorrow morning would be St. Thomas and hopefully we’d dock at Havensight Mall, not at the industrial area at the other side of town. No shore excursions are planned, just a day to take advantage of AT&T access in the USVI.
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