We were up at 8am. Since we had an inside cabin where it could be pitch black 24 hours a day, at night we turn the television to the bow camera channel and mute the sound. This way when it does get light outside, it gets lighter in the room via the television. Works for us.
Looking at the bow camera, it is partly cloudy, fairly windy, and the seas are pretty calm…..
Around 9am we made our way to the Sea Day Brunch in the Sunrise Dining Room. There was a little bit of a line, but it moved quickly…..
Here is the Shore Excursion Desk on Deck 3 in the Atrium, and its hours of operation for our cruise…..
At this point, Patti wanted to do a little shopping, and I made my way up to the Lido to visit my friend Guiste at the Red Frog Rum Bar.
At Noon, we got together in the casino for the first slot tournament of the cruise using our BOGO Platinum entries.
It was at this time, when Captain Andrea Catalani made his noontime announcements that we were informed because of the weather conditions caused by Hermine, instead of being in Boston tomorrow, we would be going to Portland instead. Then the next day we would double back and call on Boston.
Being in the noisy casino, Patti and I never heard that announcement, but we found out about it from the Captain himself later at the Diamond Party.
As for the slot tournament, neither Patti nor I would qualify for the finals.
Afterwards, Patti stayed in the casino and played some slots, while I grabbed the camera to go check out what was happening on the open decks.
Out on deck it was sunny and the temperature was in the low 70’s, but it was also pretty windy. Here are a couple of views of the Carnival Sunshine’s wake…..
At 3pm we made our way to the Diamond Party at Piano Bar 88 on Deck 4…..
Here are some of the snacks we were served……
For the next hour or so we met and talked with Captain Catalani, his Senior Staff, and CD Emma Nixon. Due to the malfunctioning camera most of the shots were not usable, except for this one with me and Emma, who had just come in from hosting Seuss-a-Palooza…..
Here is the group shot. It was a great party!
Afterwards Patti and I hit the casino again and had better luck. Patti won $80 on the slots, and I won $200 playing blackjack.
Back to the room to get ready for dinner where we found that our Platinum/Diamond chocolate covered strawberries had arrived. They looked like the rejects from the Java Café!
Tonight was Elegant Night featuring the American Feast menus…..
We brought one of our bottles of wine to dinner tonight, and it was opened and served to us and we were not charged a corkage fee.
I started with a shrimp cocktail and the Italian wedding soup…..
Patti started with a Caesar salad and the spaghetti carbonara…..
We both had the lobster. I confess, I had three!
After dinner we walked around for a while, then decided to call it a night and head back to the cabin where we found tonight’s turndown service. Patti was given a $50 gift card to the spa for her Milestone cruise…….
It was a very fun day. Good Night!
Coming up next: Portland, Kennebunkport, & lobster rolls. Yum!!
We were up a little after 6am. Looking at the bow camera view we could see that we were sailing in the Casco Bay and were almost in Portland. The seas were calm and there was very little wind. The temperature outside was 57 degrees and it was supposed to be in the low 70’s later today. After the hot weather in New Jersey this past August, this was like free air conditioning!
We made our way up to the Lido Deck for breakfast, and went back by the Havana Bar, where you could always find a table and seats during breakfast and lunch. There are two omelet lines on the JiJi’s side…..
There is one more omelet line on the Cucina del Capitano side, but they also had the breakfast meats and potatoes, etc. there…..
At the Havana Bar itself, they had the breakfast Havana bites…..
There are two beverage stations back there, one on each side…..
Patti and I both had omelets. Here’s my breakfast plate. Sorry that I had eaten part of my omelet before I remembered to take a picture! Lol.
The Carnival Sunshine docked right on time in Portland. After breakfast we went up to Deck 10 to have a look around. That building with the white roof at the end of the pier is the terminal building. Looks like a pretty long walk to get there. You can also see the tour buses waiting in the parking lot…..
Here are a couple of views of the Portland Harbor area…..
We were on the bus and ready to go at 8:15, but of course some people can’t tell time, so it was 15 minutes later before we finally left the parking lot. Here is our tour guide Pam…..
Here is what we are going to do and see today.
The historic and charming village of Kennebunkport gained worldwide exposure as the summer home of former President George Bush. Located just 45 minutes away from Portland, you will enjoy a scenic drive through Kennebunkport passing the stunning Federal and Victorian style mansions that were built by wealthy sea captains and merchants in the late 1700s and 1800s.
A stop will be made in the center of town at dock square. Here, you will enjoy some free time to stroll the picturesque streets of Kennebunkport lined with shops, galleries, unique boutiques, antique stores, restaurants and pubs. Your return route will take you past Walker's Point, the Bush estate and former summer White House, where world leaders often gathered.
•Tour sequence may vary.
•Wheelchair accessible transportation can be provided for this tour, but it is not guaranteed and must be requested prior to ship's arrival via the Shore Excursions Desk.
•Children 5 and under are free. Price is Adults $39.99, Children $32.99.
Here are a couple of views of the Carnival Sunshine as we left the port area…..
Pam did point out some sights in Portland proper, but the bus was moving too fast to get any decent pictures.
After about a half hour or so drive south from Portland, we arrived in the town of Kennebunk…..
We drove along the coast in Kennebunk. The beaches were rocky and the coastline is very rugged…..
Here are some more shots of the Bush’s compound in Kennebunkport. Take note of the flagpole in front. Pam tells us that when you see three flags flying, someone from the Bush family is in residence. The top flag of course is the United States flag, the lower right flag is the Maine State flag, and the lower left flag is the Texas State flag…..
Another rocky coastline view…..
The bus made its way back through the town of Kennebunkport, then parked on the Kennebunk side of the river. We were given a little over an hour to get off the bus and explore. Here I am with the Kennebunkport sign…..