Day 4: Thursday

Thursday was the laziest of all the days for me. The ship anchored off Great Stirrup Cay, which is a
private island owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line. As early as 8:30 a.m., passengers started boarding ferries to go across to the island for a day of sea bathing, relaxation, music and barbecue. We were able to see the island from our cabin. However, Judith and I decided to stay indoors for the day. I preferred to watch a movie named “Out of Time,” starring Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan, Eva Mendes, and Dean Cain. Judith went off to breakfast without me since I wanted to see the movie to the end. Then off to breakfast I went.

We returned to our room for a few minutes until housekeeping arrived. I took a stroll around the ship, first stopping to chat with Eli Harlan, and then with Archdeacon Bryan and Annabel Hobbs, Fr. Jamie and Karen Jones, and Fr. Matthew and Cheryl Faulstich, eventually going to the souvenir shop on Deck 7. Judith went doing other things.  Afterwards we both returned to our cabin for an afternoon siesta. It was a rainy afternoon accompanied with thunder and lightning. But it was perfect, spending a quiet afternoon in our cabin until it was time for cocktails and dinner.

We all gathered together in the Outrigger lounge on Deck 11 for cocktails and a group photo session at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Immediately following, the majority of the group gathered for dinner on Deck 5 at the Crossings Restaurant. It was a wonderful time with great fellowship and a delicious meal. After dinner, Judith and I spent some time chatting with Father James and Eli on Deck 11, our favorite relaxation spot, before retiring to our cabin for the night at 12:10 a.m.