Cruise series: Christmas day at sea cruising Willis Island (evening)

Sunset from our balcony

Sunset from our balcony

I have been looking forward to our Christmas Dinner onboard the Royal Carribean. Tonight is also a formal night which adds to the atmosphere. We catch the last of the sunset before heading down for dinner.

I am used to a traditional Australian lunch (instead of dinner) of roast turkey, ham and baked vegetables with a plum pudding and custard finish. Being an American boat, I am therefore unsure as to what to expect for Christmas dinner. We are seated at a table of eight people, two couples from Sydney and a couple from the UK (who have been working in Dubai for the last 3 years which was interesting to hear about).

There are crackers on the table so we start by sorting out Christmas hats for everybody. The menu is not a special Christmas menu, although there is a dessert of plum pudding and custard.

We have a different waiter tonight who tells us that a traditional turkey dinner (although not included on the menu) is available. I pass on the turkey dinner and order the tenderloin steak which is lovely (as usual).  I do order the traditional plum pudding for dessert which is not as big as the servings I might be used to at home.  Overall the meal is of its usual high standard but if it wasn’t for the Christmas crackers and plum pudding, I am not sure you would otherwise know it was a Christmas meal at all.

The Headliner Show tonight is an American performer called Bruce Parker who entertains us all with soul and motown hits including The Platters, The Drifters, Benny King.  The show starts pretty late tonight, it’s a 10:30pm start and most of the silver hairs (and the 800 children on board with their families) must have gone to bed already because the audience is really small and I feel sorry for the lack of audience for Bruce.  I think the rest of the audience must have felt the same as we all attempt to hide the lack of numbers with a united show of enthusiasm to any and all requested responses including to the obligatory “Are you having a good time?”… “YEEAH!”.

Where is everybody?

Where is everybody?

A brief walk on deck ends our (special) Christmas day and we are greeted back in our room by towel dog.

Towel Dog ..sit boy...good dog

Towel Dog ..sit boy…good dog

Tomorrow is Boxing Day and we will be in Cairns (Yorkey’s Knob), Australia.[showmyads]

For previous Royal Carribean Cruise post see Christmas day at sea Cruising Willis Island (daytime)
For next Royal Carribean Cruise post see Cairns, Queensland Australia (daytime)