January 26, 2016 Sea Day

This was another quiet sea day with few activities on the schedule. In the afternoon we attended a lecture on what some people call the “Little Tigers” known as South Korea and Vietnam. South Korean far outpaces Vietnam in Gross Domestic Product including the production of more than 5,400 Hyundai cars produced daily in a huge plant employing some 80,000 people. Korea has had more time since the Korean War to rebuild itself as compared to the short time since the Vietnam War.

Mark attended the watercolor painting class again while Kent went to the gym and sauna.

The LGBT group had cocktails in the Crow’s Nest and then had dinner in the specialty restaurant onboard called the Pinnacle. They charge a surplus of $29 to eat in the Pinnacle but the ambiance and food is a bit more special than the regular dining room. The specialty of the Pinnacle is the steaks that come in a variety of sizes from a 7oz filet mignon to a 36oz steak that comes with a $57 supplement charge. They have a lobster bisque soup, a couple of salad choices and a variety of sides including, French fries, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, asparagus, brussel sprouts with pancetta, mushroom caps and whole carrots. Since we were a large group they brought us all of the side dishes with our meal. After dinner they serve a few desserts like premium ice cream, a vanilla soufflé, and a chocolate lava cake, with hand made chocolates and coffee. We get a 50% discount on the specialty restaurants due to the number of days that we have sailed with the Holland America Line.

The night’s entertainment was a show by the Rotterdam singers and dancers titled “Variations”. It was a bit livelier than their last show but they just don’t have much pizazz.