“Viva Mexico” 20th Anniversary Cruise: Day 2, Day at Sea/Formal Night

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Kathy, here, starting off today’s diary.

Woke up at 7:30 a.m. to ocean and stormy skies. It’s too cold to sit out on the balcony, but the mini suite is spacious and the couch is comfortable. We ate last night’s turn down chocolates first thing when we got up. Rich is getting coffee and donuts at the IC (International Cafe). Our anniversary sticker is on our door.

When Rich returned to our cabin, anniversary balloons were tied outside our doorway. The sun was beginning to peek out.

Rich will take over writing our daily diary posts.

For breakfast, we had coffee, and shared an assortment of pastries, such as custard beignet, chocolate croissant, orange Danish, and hazelnut bread.

After breakfast, we headed out to tour the ship, order flowers, set up the Internet, bought our embarkation photo, shopped for a jacket, sweatshirt, Princess bear, and Christmas ornament. Kathy was trying to see how the jackets looked on her as she peeked in a mirror in the shop, and this nice older women smiled, moved over, and said to another woman, “She wants to see what it looks like.” That was just the beginning of sailing with such nice, friendly people.

We also checked out the new seating in the Wheelhouse Bar/Salty Dog. When we got back to the cabin, we made reservations for the Salty Dog for Monday at 6:30 pm dinner.

We returned to the cabin to get ready for lunch in the DaVinci Dining Room at Noon. Kathy had Mussels in Asian sauce, Carbonara pasta, and Cobb salad. Rich had Carbonara pasta, Philly cheesesteak with fries, and we shared a walnut, pear, chocolate turnover. We purchased a small bottle of wine that was on special, a Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon. The bottle was about a glass and a half apiece.

We sat next to a British couple who have lived in Delray Beach FL for 15 years. They were pleasant dining and chatting companions for lunch. We got to talk about Palm Harbor a lot. He’s lived a fascinating life and one of the highlights for Rich was when he told him, “That was before your time.” That made us both feel young. I’m now calling him “Princess Dad.”

After lunch, we enjoyed listening to the Mariachis in the Piazza area of the atrium. We walked the Promenade and then returned to our cabin for a nap.

Dinner is at 6:30 pm in Crown Grill. We snapped a couple of pics in our mini-suite.


On the way to dinner, we posed for formal portrait photos. They will be ready tomorrow after 3 pm.

Dinner at Crown Grill was lovely. We each had a 007 gin martini straight up.



Kathy had lobster cake, filet mignon (medium), and Captain’s Dependence (a sampler of all 4 desserts). Rich had the Black and Blue Onion Soup and the Rib eye. (Apparently, we just dug in and didn’t take any photos.)

We each had a cup of decaf coffee with our dessert.


The service was efficient and friendly, if not attentive.

(Kathy: I’m not a big chocolate lover but the chocolate on Princess is amazing!!! The best desserts were the chocolate ones.)

After dinner, we walked the promenade deck and stopped briefly in the Princess Theatre to check out a couple songs from the show MoTown. Then we stopped in a shop to buy a razor we forgot to pack. We then returned to our cabin for a relaxing spell on our balcony under the stars. We then came into our cozy cabin, wrote our notes, and checked out all the info for tomorrow in our Princess Patter.

The weather today was a mix of cloudy/sunny.
The best thing today was anniversary dinner at Crown Grill.
The worst thing today was the internet service.
The funniest thing today was the captain encouraging us to spend money in the shops.
Today we tried Crown Grill for the first time.
And the result was we really enjoyed the alternative restaurant ($25 pp) but the service was a bit more attentive at Sabatini’s last time on the Ruby Princess.
The most magical moment today was celebrating our anniversary with formal portrait, dinner, flowers, etc. (The flowers bloomed beautifully over the course of the cruise.)






About Rich Eckardt

Byzantine Catholic Convert. Knight of Columbus. Celebrant of the Divine Office.