1. Where do you eat? There are 10 restaurants on board, most of which I have eaten at. There’s the buffet, which is casual and up by the pool deck, and that’s where we all eat most of our breakfasts and lunches. Then there are a handful of nicer restaurants that have different menus each night, and then there are the “specialty restuarants” that have a cover charge (still a great deal – like a $20 cover gets you a full steak dinner with appetizer, soup, salad, and dessert). And a lot of times there are lunch barbecues out by the pool.
2. How will you avoid getting enormously fat? My initial exercise regime was called “getting lost on the ship.” Now that I know my way around better and do 80% less wandering, I’m hitting the gym more. There’s a really nice fitness center, and plenty of stairs to climb between decks when I’m in the mood for less formal exercise. But honestly, aside from some big dinners we’ve been having as a group, I think I’m eating better here than back home. I can eat fruits, vegetables, and salads here with much less preparation effort (although sometimes those tongs are really heavy – sheesh). I should take a “before” picture now so we can all see how I did when it’s over. But I probably won’t do that.
3. Do you get bored? Not yet. I’ve gotten used to the idea of going to my room and reading or knitting and that being ok. The only times I get bored, in a way, is when I know I have to be somewhere in 30 minutes, and I’m not in my room and don’t want to go all the way back there to wait, so I have to wander around for a little while. But then I guess that’s an additional answer to question 2 then. Wandering time.