Today was a very busy Day. I was up at 6:45, quickly dressed and made my way to the fitness center. I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical while watching the sun rise over the eastern sea. We are far enough from the Floridian coast that no land is in sight and it was a beautiful rose colored sunrise. “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning”. Evidently this saying is true. The captain yesterday evening announced that we would be departing Key West 45 minutes early in an attempt to get ahead of a westerly front coming our way. To make up for the earlier departure he was going to have us in Key West an hour earlier than originally scheduled. It looks like we will make it, we were parting some waters pretty good during the night.

After my workout and a shower, Kay and I joined the rest of our group for breakfast in the Rotterdam (the main dining room). We enjoy the slowed pace of the formal room for breakfast. I had Eggs Royal (two poached eggs served over a toasted English muffin with smoked salmon and Hollandaise sauce along with a fresh fruit platter and the mandatory 3 cups of coffee.

After breakfast Janet, Carl, Kay and I went up one floor to the Spa to enjoy an hour of mineral baths, saunas and thermal chairs. We all agreed we felt like a wet noodle afterward but were totally relaxed. After a bit of shopping at the “sidewalk sale” Kay and I walked a little over a mile before joining the others for lunch at 11:30. Early for lunch but the ship was scheduled to dock at Noon.

We disembarked around 12:45 with nothing planned. We have all been here before so we just decided to walk for a while. We made our way to the end of the famed Duval street to the southernmost point of the continental United States and then headed back. Janet was looking for someplace with internet and at this point we were all needing a beer.

Carl said he could swim to Cuba, but we convinced him he didn’t have to prove it…

We happened up a neat little place called The Little Room Jazz Club. They were playing Motown music and advertised Happy Hour from 1PM to 8PM. We went inside and there were only a couple of people at the bar, but Norman the proprietor was most cordial. You would have thought we were lifelong clients who spent a lot of money. We ended up staying over an hour, consuming several bowls of bar snacks and a total of 8 beers. Cost was $15 and 4 of the beers were craft. We certainly found a bargain on Key West.

Just cooling down from our Key West walk.

Probably the most unusual Drug Store I have ever seen.

One of the interesting things about Key West is the variety of people here. You never know what to expect or what you might see…

Spiderman made an appearance

At least he is being honest about his needs…

We were back on the Ryndam by 3:30 and sailed promptly at 4:15. We had dinner reservations at the Pinnacle restaurant at 5:00. These were complimentary and the food was ok. Actually it was better than usual for the “Premium” restaurant, but still not as good as standard fare in the Rotterdam. I had lobster bisque followed by a beefsteak tomato salad and my entrée was a 10 ounce fillet with sides of baked asparagus and sautéed mushrooms. The Baked Alaska was about twice as much as I could eat.

After a brief respite, we made our way to the Showroom at Sea for the evening’s entertainment. Tonight we had the comedian Joe Yannetty and he was very entertaining.

All in all, a very pleasant day. Oh, for our friends in Soleil, it was 85 here today. I know you guys were in the high teens, but we were thinking about you.