FINAL DAY: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Catherine, thank you for sharing the quote from Mark Twain about travel. Over the years we have appreciated many of the quotes attributed to him.
Before dinner last evening we enjoyed a pre-dinner drink at the Crystal Cove. We saw Pat along with Rob and Jim who boarded that day.
Bartenders Mel and Atzal took great care of us.
We enjoyed the music of Violinist Irina Guskova on the Electric Violin.
We dined at Waterside and these are the restaurant menus.
When we sat down Senior Waiter said we didn't need a menu because she knew precisely what we would order. As it turned out she did. She got it all right. LOL but she did.
We began the meal with appetizers of Ahi Tuna for Keith and Shrimp Cocktail for Anne Marie. We both had salads and were happy to see that Spinach is back on-board the ship. We both had the Local Kingklip Fillet for our entree. Augusto brought a couple of additional Fillets for Keith and added them to the dish. The fish was cooked perfectly and enhanced with the chowder which accompanied the fish.
On each succeeding cruise the Sommelier's change. This time we have Sommelier Donovan from Cape Town. This is our first time having Donovan. We tried a Chenin Blanc and a Cabernet both of which had just been brought on board from South Africa. We enjoyed both of them. This specific Cabernet was a full body wine which Keith enjoys.
We slept well last evening as we remained docked. The day started as usual with a workout for Keith at the Fitness Center followed by coffee and breakfast in our room. The only difference is by the time he finished in addition to one guest who we know who walks on the treadmill and arrives shortly before Keith's workout is finished, there were three other guests there. They likely were up early getting over the jet lag. Since Keith hadn't played Paddle Tennis the past couple of days his legs felt strong and he ended up having a longer workout on the Elliptical Machine than he usually does.
Later today we will be leaving Cape Town on the fourth and final segment of World Cruise 2019. This is a map of the entire World Cruise.
We walked over to the Victoria & Albert Waterfront where we picked up one of the Hop On Hop Off Bus (HOHO) buses.
The bus weaved through the downtown area, took us up to Table Mountain offering breathtaking views and proceeded along the shoreline with its beautiful scenery including views of the sea, the beach and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. The weather was stunning making it enjoyable to sit outside.
We enjoyed lunch on the ship at Marketplace. Afterwards, Anne Marie walked while Keith played singles Paddle Tennis with one fellow guest for ninety minutes.
At 2:30 PM the mandatory face-to-face inspection begins. We will need to bring our passports with us which we were required to have in our possession each time we were on land in South Africa.
Later today we will attend the mandatory muster drill for only the second time since boarding. This one is mandatory for all guests including those of us who are in-transit meaning we have already been on one or more previous voyages.
We are including the daily Reflections Program from yesterday and today below.
We have had a lovely time in Cape Town & South Africa.
Anne Marie & Keith