Once we returned to the ship after our walk around Sitka, our niece, nephew, Gregg and I had a late-ish lunch. They asked if we would like to try the sushi restaurant and we readily agreed.
Our son and daughter-in-law enjoy sushi quite a lot also. We went to a restaurant with them a while ago, and though we don't eat sushi on a regular basis, we were able to find something that we enjoyed. This was also the case here, and it was excellent.
We were asked by our waiter, a lovely young man, if we wanted chopsticks or a knife and fork. We all elected to have chopsticks.
(My niece reminded me, as I watched her deftly use hers, that I had taught her how to eat with them years ago on one of her visits, when she was a teenager. A nice memory for me, as I recollected sharing this lesson with her. I in turn had also learned how to use them from a good friend who lived in our neighborhood. This was when we used to live in southern California.
She used to cook the most wonderfully authentic Asian food, which was something else I was introduced to back then. I'm glad I was able to pass on the same lesson to niece, and I watched her like a proud mother hen.)
Our young waiter told us that because we had asked for chopsticks we were now honorary ninjas, and we all chuckled considering it quite a compliment. Okay, so I don't mind that he might say that to all his customers. I still consider myself an honorary ninja, and it will be a fun memory every time I get the chopsticks out from now on, thanks to our very nice waiter. He truly was lovely and made our meal even more so with his pleasant and friendly demeanor.
A few hours have now passed and we are due to meet up with the rest of the family. We had signed up for a Progressive Meal, and were joined by two other couples, one from New Jersey and the other from Oregon. One of the couples told us it was their 22nd cruise on this ship, and understandably well known by the crew.
Thank you niece for taking all these super photos.
We started off in the lounge area for drinks, and then were taken to the first restaurant for the appetizers. Then on to another for the main course. We also ate dessert there. I was grateful because by that time I don't think I would have been able to move, and the only place I was going on to was our cabin. Party-hardy folks we are not, but oh what fun that evening was.
We are definitely novices and did not realize how much food there would be on a cruise. I have learned from others now that this is the case. If we ever go back, we will pace ourselves and probably eat very lightly, especially if we ever do any of these sign-up-for meals again.
Surprisingly, with all the exercise we were getting on these excursions, and with the walking all over the ship, when we finally got back home we hadn't put any weight on. My scale was happy as it saw me do cartwheels across the floor (well, maybe only in my head, the cartwheels I mean).
That's about it for this post.