Someone was pounding on the door at 7:00 a.m., so I opened it, and Mary had ordered breakfast for the next three days! Platter, plates, dishes, oh my! We enlisted the armchairs to hold everything that we were not working on immediately.
She ordered steak and eggs, but they brought an 18 oz breakfast steak. The steak was cooked perfectly, but the eggs were staring at her.
It got official when Mary put on her cap!
During the morning, Mary attended a calligraphy class with Robin while Bob and I learned about Marconi and the magic of airwaves. The presentation was exceptionally well done and very dramatic.
We all gathered at the outdoor bar beside the main dining hall and enjoyed drinks while waiting for noon.
We laughed and giggled and then headed to the main dining room.
We verified our location and realized we were gradually approaching the Bay Area.
A text from Becca arrived with their family photo, celebrating eight years of marriage. They look great for an old married couple.
Our experience in the dining room was quite unpleasant. We waited for an hour, but nobody came to ask if we wanted anything to drink. Only one order was served, and even that was incomplete. We received only half of three of the orders. We were frustrated and disappointed with the service, so we got up and left.
We went upstairs to the grille and had a delicious pastrami sandwich. The guys were working hard!!
We returned to the cabin, where Mary continued reading.
We went shopping, and Mary found some emeralds.
Did You Know? Emeralds get their green color from trace amounts of chromium and vanadium. Unlike the other precious stones, which can be found in various colors, emeralds are only evergreen, though their hues range from yellow-green to deep jade. The palest stones are not emeralds but rather known as green beryl.
The port pilot joined us for the last few miles and took us into Pier 27, the new passenger liner dock.
Did You Know?
A maritime pilot, marine pilot, harbor pilot, port pilot, ship pilot, or simply pilot is a mariner with specific knowledge of an often dangerous or congested waterway, such as harbors or river mouths. Maritime pilots know local details such as depth, currents, and hazards. They board and temporarily join the crew to guide the ship’s passage safely, so they must also have expertise in handling ships of all types and sizes. Obtaining the “maritime pilot” title requires being licensed or authorized by a recognized pilotage authority.
Everyone visited our cabin to watch us pass under the Golden Gate Bridge.
We ordered cheese plates and champagne to celebrate! Our veranda was the perfect spot, protected from the wind and relatively warm.
If we got cold, we could watch everything from the big screen TV in our suite.
It’s almost 100 years old and still going strong.
Our dock was adjacent to downtown and the Embarcadaro, so there were plenty of things to do!
We had a wonderful dinner in the fish restaurant.
After a few hours of partying, we crashed!