January 22, 2022. Temp
Everyone’s equal here on the Viking Star. No one sits “below the salt” – we’re all IN it!
The amount of work required to fight the corrosive effects of salt air and salt water is staggering. At least once a week, all the balconies and patio doors of our cabins are washed down to remove the salt rime. The wooden decks are hosed down daily, and the public area windows washed and squeegeed. It’s a never-ending battle.
The most obvious effects can be seen on the ship’s railings, where the ocean’s salt spray can eat right through multiple layers of varnish, peeling it back in sharp shards. “Wet varnish” signs are common as crew fight the good fight against the elements.
If you do walking laps on Deck 2 on a breezy day, your skin picks up a fine coating of salt, even if you’re not exerting yourself and sweating out your own.
Speaking of salt, son #2 informed me that my last photos of Manfredi’s incredible bread basket and salty wonderful Parmesan cheese left something to be desired, so I’ll try again.
Chef Thomas has updated the Manfredi’s menu, so there are several new things we’ll be trying over the next few months.
Tonight several of the ship’s officers took part as panelists in an onboard version of Liars Club, and had us all guessing whose ridiculous definition of an unfamiliar word was the correct one. Things got silly fast. One of the funniest parts of the evening was watching our Cruise Director Aaron’s face (he was acting as emcee) get redder and redder as the double entendres flew onstage. In the best tradition of outlandish British panel shows, the 3 Brits on the panel (master of innuendo Cruise Consultant Hamed, and Assistant Cruise Directors wannabe Shakespearean actor Damien and children’s storybook aficionado Sarah-Leanne) escalated the silliness while our Albanian crew member Valbona acted as the eye-rolling “serious” panelist.
Correct definitions for the 2 words shown: WENIS is the skin over your elbow (you can guess where that round went, and SMOUT is a small, insignificant Scottish person.
We dock in Puntarenas Costa Rica tomorrow. There WILL be stories to tell!