Sunday, November 20, 2016

With a change in the weather we decided to cancel our planned trip to Ensenada wine country and remain on board the Imagination.
If you decide to remain aboard ship while in port, and many people do, you are guaranteed a restful, leisurely, relaxing day away from the usual bustle. We  had the Imagination Library all to ourselves during the afternoon. The library is elaborately decorated with spiraling gold pillars and furnished with overstuffed chairs with windows looking to the never ending sea.
In talking with other passengers we learned that many consider time aboard ship much more important than the ports of call. And some never leave the ship. In short cruising is about being pampered and served in ways most people do not experience on shore.
 A meeting of veterans aboard took place in the morning which I attended.  In the past these had been informal  gathering but the format had changed this time. The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines were all present and accounted for. There was a lot of gray hair. However there was no way for just meeting one another, getting acquainted and telling stories about our past service.   An MC took over the microphone and turned the event into flag waving and such something no veteran needs since he has already proven his love of country.
I left disappointed.
In the afternoon it was English Tea time an event which I always attend on every cruise.
We used Spirit dining room at every opportunity and again was impressed with menu and service aboard Imagination. There were new items each evening and a brunch has been added. The appetizer changes daily with offerings like Escargot Bourgeoise, cured salmon, or alligator fritters.
Some of our entrees included a memorable Flat Iron Steak which was a marvel for its flavor and tenderness as well as our lobster tail and grilled shrimp one evening.
Using the same Southern California Restaurant Writer evaluation as on shore we gave Imagination five stars for its Spirit and Pride dining rooms.

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