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Sabin’s on the Sea 2023 - Day # 15 - Sea Day (Norwegian Sea)

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

by Nina Sabin - Travel Blog

Sea day number seven, started with our similar routine.

Every bridge lesson, we are learning a different convention. I can see why they say bridge is a life-long learning game. I hope by the time we leave the cruise I will have a good grasp of the game.

I have met several other passengers at the bridge lessons and hope on the second part of the cruise we can play games together and work on the conventions we have been learning.

I don’t know if I have mentioned how incredible the food is. We have sushi for lunch almost every day, but there are so many sushi choices it is hard not to want to take a little of everything.

Today, besides the sushi, they also offered Shawarma. It was Middle Eastern Cuisine day. It was tasty, especially the lamb, but definitely not like what we are used to when we lived in Saudi.

Also, the dining staff does an incredible job accommodating my dietary needs. Tonight, I had Eggplant Parmesan which I love and they made it gluten and lactose free. It was amazing.

It is good that we are getting to the gym every day we are at sea, walking the stairs, and on port days, walking the towns. With all the food, we have to exercise to work off the extra calories we are consuming. Even though it is a vacation, we are trying to balance our choices.

The highlight for today was the Polar Bear Plunge. This is the ritual the cruise does when going through the Arctic Circle and cruising on the Norwegian Sea.

Passengers signed up to agree to jump into icy waters and become honorary polar bears. They actually were sworn in after they took the plunge.

The staff added tubs of ice cubes into the water on the outdoor pool, including huge blocks of ice, then those passengers who signed up stood around the pool. On the count of three everyone participating jumped in, then they were asked to quickly get out and stand back around the pool to be sworn in. It was about 50 degrees outside with a little wind.

Afterwards, we asked our Australian friend who took the plunge how it was He said the pool was warmer than the air outside but it was a memorable experience.

I can’t stand to be cold so there was no way I was going to jump in and with John just getting over the cold we thought it better that he didn’t participate either. Just watching was enough and another great memory from this voyage.

Tomorrow, we are arrive at 8 am in Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland.

It is another port we are revisiting from out trip six years ago. We remember so many great sites to explore plus a few new ones. Stay tuned.

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