April 13th, 2016 - Day 11 - En route to Naha, Japan

Today was a sea day so we started the day having breakfast in the Grand Dining Room.  Jim had blueberry pancakes and Pat had lemon custard filled waffles.

We were able to get on Wi-Fi as we must be traveling 12 miles or more from the coast of Japan to be able to get it. We were told we would have it today and until 6 AM tomorrow morning and then the ship will have to turn off the Internet until we leave Japan tomorrow.

For lunch we had a quick bite at the Terrace Café as we wanted to have something to eat before we began our wine tasting.   We met a nice couple from Marina del Rey, who were originally from Sydney, so they gave us some tips of what to do in Sydney.  We also found out we had been on the same plane from Los Angeles to Shanghi. They were in row 2 on the right side of the plane and we were in row 3 on the left side of the plane.  It's a small world sometimes.  

Our wine tasting in the Toscana Restaurant was called Vinification and Viniculture.

We sampled two reds, two whites, and a Champagne.

1.  Joseph Drouhin in Chablis Premier Cru, from Burgundy, France 2012 sells for $70 on the menu.

2.  Frogs leap Carneros Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California 2012  and sells for $69 on the menu.

3.  Sequoia Grove Rutherford Bench Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California  2012 sells for $74 on the menu

4.  Bodegas Protos Crisnza from Ribera Del Duero, Spain 2007 sells for $69 on the menu.

5.  Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut from Reims, France no vintage year and sells for $105 on the menu.  This was a great champagne.

At 4 PM they had a Chocoholic Teatime featuring La Fleur String Quartet in the Horizons.  We sat at a table with two ladies our age from Montreal, Canada who were sisters, Louise and France.  We had such a nice talk with them about traveling and sharing stories.

We had dinner in the Grand Dining Room.

Jim had 2 salads tonight.  The first was iceberg lettuce with granny smith apples, celery, raisins, candied walnuts and blue cheese dressing his 2nd salad was red bliss potato salad with creamy horseradish and dill.  His main dish was Canard a'la Orange:  crispy duck breast with orange sauce, potato gratin and braised red cabbage and a side of mashed potatoes.

Pat had for her appetizer a grapefruit salad with Curaçao liqueur.  She had celery root bisque with fried shiitake mushrooms and parmesan pastry sticks.  Pat's main course was Crespelle alla Fiorentina: baby spinach and ricotta crepes baked with tomato sauce and mozzarella.

We split a tropical fruit sorbet for dessert.

We had a nice talk with the Executive Chef, Jorg Becker, who was from Kaiserslautern, Germany.  We talked about K-Town with him.  He now lives in Ho Chi Minh City.

Goodnight as we cruise the East China Sea!