Monday, December 5, 2011

Dec. 4, 2011 - Dominica

Room service wakes us up at 7:30 and we enjoy our juice and tea with some fruit on the balcony as we arrive in Dominica.   Now a lot of people don’t like Dominica, you won’t find a Diamond’s International here, it is not commercialized this is the real Caribbean.  The people are very proud and happy and want to share their lovely island with you. 

We are not in any rush to get off the ship and I really want to get a work out in as it has been two days since my last work out.  Both of us head up to the gym and do an hour’s workout.  Back to the room for quick shower and change and we are heading ashore.

We are docked right in the city of Rosseau, of the four times we have been here twice we have been at the pier further away from town.  The one thing I have been wanting to see but seem to always miss is the Botanical Gardens so today we first walk to the right for quite a ways then we come back and go to the gardens.  Very peaceful, very nice, and we love checking out the trees, flowers and the birds. 

We make our way back towards the town and stop into the IGA grocery store to pick up some essentials, Kabuli beer and some Kennedy’s Punch (last time I got the fruit punch, today I got the lime punch).  We tried to stop at our favorite little restaurant for a quick meal but every spot was filled and we didn’t feel like waiting.  One issue we found was today is Sunday and a lot of places are closed, including restaurants.

We come back on board around 12:30 and head to the International Café where I tried the black forest freeze drink (and yes it tastes just like black forest cake – and I am sure there are no calories) it is one punch on the coffee card.  We have a few things from the café there, for me a mushroom and cheese quiche with Greek salad, and a pavlova for dessert.

Tonight we have reservations at the Crown Grill with our friend Al for 6:30.  Tonight is also the Captain Circle party but we are not going, maybe we will attend on the next sailing.

For dinner in the Crown Grill I had the scallops to start, then of course the onion soup, then a filet mignon with potato and asparagus, then well it wouldn’t be complete without the chocolate molten cake.  The Crown Grill now has three different types of salt that they serve and the one thing you have to try is the salt on the Chocolate Molten cake, just a bit but the salt really compliments the chocolate.  We enjoyed one of our bottles of champagne with the meal.  The service was amazing, as usual, the food outstanding and the company the best.

We are done in time to step into see the Beattle Maniacs perform, they were once again wonderful and glad we got to see them finally.  After that show we went to the Explorer’s lounge to check out the yes/no game that we had heard was a lot of fun.  I put my name in and was one of the last contestants.  The rule is basically, Tim will ask you various questions and you have to answer but you can’t say yes or no.  Seems easy, well I can tell you not that easy.  I am not sure how long I lasted but it was at least a minute.  Tim is very good with the crowds, the people love him and he seems happy.

Tim and Colin doing the Yes/No game

Another day is done, don’t know where the time goes on a ship but we are off to bed.  Tomorrow is St. Thomas.

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