Hello from our first full day on Independence of the Seas. After a restful night's sleep, we were looking forward to our day at sea and some beautiful Caribbean weather. We were greeted by a double rainbow off our balcony and knew we were in for a great day ahead. We opted to start our day with breakfast in the Main Dining Room and easily made a reservation via the Royal Caribbean App to make that happen.
The ship was eerily empty this morning, but once again all the crew members were excited to see us and wished us a wonderful day ahead. Even with so few people, the signage for social distancing and opportunities for hand sanitizer were all over the ship.
Breakfast in the Main Dining Room starts with assorted baked goods and we enjoyed a cinnamon roll, fruit tart (my favorite) and a croissant. We then went on to have an omelet, eggs benedict, and blueberry pancakes. The omelet was great because you got to choose your own ingredients so you could have exactly what you wanted.
After breakfast we went to explore the arcade and the sports deck. Unfortunately the sports deck was closed so we just played some skeeball and headed back to our room to get ready for some pool time. The pool was slightly more crowded today but still very empty. We learned that there are about 600 guests on this simulation cruise, so definitely pretty empty!
Once we had our fill of sunshine and relaxation, it was time to eat once again and we made our way to the Windjammer Café which had tilapia, pork loin, thyme roasted chicken, sweet and sour chicken and stir fry noodles among the choices today.
We enjoyed a stop at the Champagne Bar, which is a little hard to find with limited signage, on our way to Harry Potter Trivia in the Star Lounge. The Star Lounge is one of the venues available to all guests, so tables were marked for social distancing and it was requested that masks remain on throughout the event. It was a close game with four teams tying with a perfect score, but this girl knows her Harry Potter and won the tiebreaker!
Tonight was formal night and there were lots of shopping deals, photography opportunities, and live music around the ship. We chose to take it easy and relax before getting dolled up for dinner, which we had at Giovanni's Table tonight. Our server was incredible and so was the food. We were so impressed with our dinner here and I wouldn't hesitate to book it again in the future. After dinner we took in the headliner show, Mind of a Tenor, before calling it a night.
|Linguine alle Vongole - manila clams, garlic, Pinot Grigio
|Bucatini alla Bolognese - beef ragu, red wine, basil, San Marzano tomatoes, Parmesan
|Tagliatelle alla Carbonara - crispy pancetta, poached egg, carbonara sauce
Another great day in the books, and we are looking forward to Cozumel tomorrow!