The third of eight observations on a recent Caribbean cruise.
On this first sea day, the schedule includes what seems an odd assortment of entertainment: two-hour glass-blowing demonstrations by Corning staff, live music sets by an a cappella group, and 45-minute talks by an art and culture scholar and by a Clinton-era White House insider. Waiting for my first selection from the day’s activities—my group’s tour of the ship’s galley—I’m perusing a handout of fun facts (Are there any other kind?) on the provisions required for a typical two-week cruise. The absolute numbers don’t mean much to me: I’m not in the habit of serving 2,500 people three squares and endless snacks for 14 days, 24 hours/day. But the relative numbers tell a pretty clear tale: they go through as many bottles of wine as they do teabags.
Note 1: The structure of the first seven of these eight observations was inspired by Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar.
Note 2: In common with much of the country, Ottawa is snowed in (and then some) on this first day of Spring. If you missed it, here’s my reflection from two years ago on Spring in Canada.