Sun May 6 – Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca
Went to Mass at the Cathedral de Barcelona, in Catalan with a great solo cantor. Exited to rain and walked back to our apartment to retrieve our bags and grab a taxi to the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas cruise ship which we could see had docked from our apartment balcony. Boarded the ship just before noon and Tom & Linda walked us around and we grabbed a roast beef sandwich and salad at the Park Café in Central Park on our 8th deck – an open air, winding path oasis with trees, shrubs and flowers in the middle of the ship. Our 8224 cabin was ready at 1:00, and we unpacked, enjoyed the view from our private balcony and then strolled around some more, ending up on the fantail on the 15th deck next to 2 wave machines and n 8 story tube ride, grabbed a beer and watched ships come by and container ships being on/off loaded near us. Something delayed our departure for 45 minutes, so we left the top deck with Tom & Linda for our dinner reservations and had a great prime rib dinner with wine in 1 of the 3 main dining rooms. After an hour and a half dinner, we hurried to our next event – Hairspray, the musical – and had 3rd row seats, center stage for a very entertaining 90 minute show in a super nice theater.
Mon May 7 – Cruise – Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Awoke 30 minutes before we docked in Palma de Mallorca in cool, foggy conditions. Room service coffee in our cabin, followed by breakfast with Tom and Linda in the 3rd deck dining hall, window table with great view of the city across the water. We had decided we didn’t want to venture into town because we were craving a day off, so we left them and did our own thing. Walked the walking track that circles the ship on the 4th deck, 9 laps (2.4 laps per mile), and played a game of shuffle board before heading back to the cabin to change. Barbie went to the pool and I exited the ship to walk a mile to Castillo de San Carlos, a 16th-17th century fort overlooking the harbor and entrance. Like El Morrow in some respects, but a couple of hundred years younger, with moat, high walls, and gun turrets. Took the long way back to the ship along the jetty and caught up with Barbie at 1 of the 3 pools. Terry & Entelechy surprised us with wine, cheese, fruit and desserts, so we took advantage and finished most of it off while watching us cast off, back up and then exited the harbor. Dinner with Tom & Linda at the Solarium Bistro on the 15th deck, where we exchanged our day’s adventures.