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6-1-08

Today was a low key day – we both woke up tired and a bit cranky from our exertions of yesterday, and so decided to just hang around the ship. We had a late breakfast, then came back to the room and decided to do some laundry. There are self-serve guest launderettes on most of the decks, and they are free and pretty fun to use. We did a couple loads. At 11am Lis went to the spa, where she had a reflexology appointment. They were running some sort of special for another treatment, and Lis managed to talk them in to giving her the special price for the reflexology, simply by asking for it. She did the same thing with her other spa treatment, I believe.

While Lis was having her treatment, I wandered the ship taking pictures of the public rooms, then went to the coffee bar and had a cookie and some coffee, and read Time Magazine. Then it was time for lunch in the Compass Rose. This time, I ordered from their “Build Your Own Sandwich” menu – roast beef, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, dill pickle, mustard and light mayo, in a flour tortilla. Turned out to be the best sandwich I’d EVER had, but I could only eat half of it, and the idea of just throwing away the other half was breaking my heart. We’ve often bemoaned the fact that you can’t really get doggie bags, and how sad it is when something’s really good – especially at lunch time, when you know you’re probably going to want some sort of snack later on. So I gathered all my courage, risked looking tacky, and asked the waiter if there was any way to save the remaining sandwich for later. He said he’d be happy to wrap it up for me, or he could have room service send it to my room. I opted for the latter, assuming that room service would wrap it up so I could put it in the mini fridge – but they didn’t; it was sitting on a plate under a plastic room-service-plate-lid-thingy (on a lovely linen table cloth, of course). Luckily I had a small plastic bag in the room that I was able to use to wrap it up. So there are still some bugs to work out of the system. But it’s good to know that there is the option of saving some food without looking too horribly tacky in the process.

After lunch we wandered into Skagway for a bit – nothing much to it, but a pleasant little town. The town’s setting, though, is spectacular – sweeping, snow capped hills (peaks?) in every direction. There are apparently a good number of hiking trails around, too – would like to come back someday when we’re less pooped.

Another interesting thing about Skagway is that a steep rock face in the cruise port area is covered with gigantic graffiti – some just standard graffiti (names, skulls, etc) but some cruise ship names and logos. We asked our waiter at lunch about it – “Do the cruise ships do that graffiti?” He said yes – every ship that comes to Skagway makes sure it’s got its name and logo there. Then a couple other crew members joined the conversation, talking about the new Regent logo they added last year, and some of the graffiti that’s really high up on the wall and wondering how they do it, and commenting that ships have been doing this since the 1960’s. I found it all kind of fascinating.

We chose to skip the Captain’s Cocktail Party for Seven Seas Society Members (meaning you’ve cruised with Regent more than once.) We had dinner in Compass Rose, where their previously fantastic attention to Lis’ special diet began to slip – after double checking with her a couple times that she was in cabin 864 and had the no-dairy diet, they brought her entrée with some sort of potato side dish, piled high with grated cheese. She said “Is that cheese?” and the waiter looked flustered and confused, took away the side dish, and asked if she wanted some alternative. She asked for roasted potatoes, which they brought right away, but apparently too right away – they weren’t fully cooked in the middle. In the meantime, Lis was concerned whether the rest of the meal was non-dairy, which they somewhat nervously assured her it was – but Lis took a Lactaid or four just in case, since they’d been so tentative in their assurances.

We wondered what had happened – they had been handling her diet so nicely. Then we remembered that one of the waiters told us that they lost 3-4 waiters in Juneau – their contracts were up, but their replacements weren’t coming until the end of the cruise. So they are shorthanded, and we figured that might explain it. We’re hoping that things stabilize.