Glass-bottom boat and last gala
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We woke a bit after 8:00 and had breakfast aft, then met the gang on the dock and followed the guide to the ferry dock to catch the glass bottom boat. The boat was a double-decker but the top deck was about filled when we got there. That worked out just as well 'cause Lin was out of the sun and we got first pick of place when it came time to crowd around the glass at the reef. It was about a 30-40 minute trip to the reef and commentary was good. We crossed Great Sound and passed under Watford bridge, then turned left. At the reef, many of us sat on the floor with legs dangling into the well. Others stood behind us and looked over our heads. The reef was pretty disappointing; not nearly as colorful as those further south. Bermuda has the world's northern-most coral reefs but they're mostly brown, gold and green.
The boat wound its way back to Hamilton through some narrow channels between the islands. Walking back to the ship, we finished the shopping. Boarded and had lunch in the dining room with Lin & Art and a couple, Linda and Ivan, from Lansing, MI. Ivan is a sailor and pilot just as I am. Nice conversation. While we were at lunch, the ship left the dock.
After lunch, we changed and went to the pool. Lin was able to stay in the shade by sitting behind me. It was crowded but not as bad as on Sunday. Eventually, we moved to the sun deck and sat in the shadow of the stack until it was time to dress for dinner.
Dinner was black-tie. Had drinks in the Rendezvous and were joined by Helen & Earl. Dinner was only OK. This was a 30th anniversary cruise for Helen & Earl so Linda had arranged for a cake to mark the occasion. All eight of us went to the show together; it was very good. By then, the seas were really starting to kick up so the dancers in the show had it tough dealing with the ship's motion. After that, we went to the buffet, just for pix. We lost Helen & Earl somehow along the way but the rest of us ended up at the America's Cup. It was close to 1:00 when we gave up.