April 16th, 2016 - Day 14 - En route to Manilla, Philippines

We woke up cruising the South China Sea on our way to Manilla.

We had breakfast at the Terrace Cafe.

Pat did laundry today and it was pretty painless.

We had a mandatory lifeboat drill at 10:15 AM because every 14 days it is a required safety drill on a cruise this length.

We had to do a mandatory temperature check with the public health officers from the Philippines in the Insignia Lounge for us to get our landing card to enter the Philippines.  Pat's card was there but Jim's wasn't so they had to get the authorities to sign one for him.

We had lunch in the Terrace Café.

At 1:30 PM we had wine  tasting in Toscana. It was called Food and Wine Pairing.  We tried 17 different combinations of food such as plain chicken, spicy chicken, brie cheese, yellow cheese, lemon, mango and tomato.  We tried these foods with the five different wines.  We took sips of wine after we had eaten different combination of foods.  It was interesting.

1.  Bex Reisling, Nahe, Germany

2. Nobilo Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

3. Macon Chaintre Chateau De Chaintre, Burgundy, France

4. Robert Mondavi Carneros Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, California

5. St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, California

Afterwards we spent the afternoon on the ninth level in the Spa outside area and had a Jacuzzi and laid on a Balinese day bed.  We stayed up there way past dark.  We left about 7:15 PM to go back to our room so we could get ready for dinner.

We had reservations at 8:00 PM at Toscana  restaurant.

Jim had carpaccio of beef for his appetizer, a Caesar salad, and for his main course he had Dover sole with mashed potatoes. Palou, our waiter, was from Portugal and we had a nice discussion of the country of Portugal.

Pat had tomato and mozzarella salad, volcano spaghetti, a green salad and Seabass for her main course.

We had a dessert that was recommended by the chef that was chocolate and a cream filling inside.  Jim likes dark chocolate and he said it was the best dark chocolate he ever had.

We had a nice dinner and enjoyed our time in the specialty Italian Restaurant.

Good night from the South China Sea!