Tonight was the farewell dinner. It actually seemed to be a two night affair. Last evening the chefs and waiting staff paraded through the dining room to thunderous applauses and a sea of white napkins being waved in the air. But tonight was the feast.
The menu consisted of (among other amazing selections) Duck Pate, Caviar, Smoked Salmon, Shrimp (Jumbo!) Cocktail and Escargot for appetizers followed by soups and salads and for the main? You guessed it … the most tender Filet Mignon with non-stop lobster tails. Following the dessert in the dining room was the “Chocolate Extravaganza”. This “event” (and “event” is the proper term) took up three floors. The aroma from the chocolate fountains wafted up the atrium stairs. Alex’s eyes were HUGE! Our tummies stretched to match.
Alex’s days at Club HAL are coming to a close. He has had the most amazing time. Pirate treasure hunts, games nights, pillow fights, Wii, crafts, video games, and the list goes on and on. He usually attends until 9:00 pm while the rest of us take in the shows. Last night we went to pick him up at 8:30 (thinking we would spend some extra time with him) and the look of disappointment in his eyes emphasized his words “You’re … early …” … So mum and I walked around the deck for the next 30 minutes so Alex could enjoy every last moment of Club HAL. On a ship with 2,500 adults and 2 kids one would think we would be challenged to keep him entertained. But, thanks to the kids program at Club HAL, he has had a most amazing time which means we’ve all been able to get the most out of this 15 day cruise.
Tomorrow is our last day at sea. The good byes are slowing being said by the many people we’ve met aboard the MS Westerdam. It’s amazing that after 15 days, differences in ages, cultures, religions and occupations seem non-existent. Perhaps the most special souvenir we will take home with us is the memories of the many really great people … crew and fellow travelers … we’ve met on this journey.
And now, we are all trying to come down from this sugar high before trying to sleep.