Thursday, December 23, 2010
Sadly, the last full day of the cruise had finally come. We enjoyed breakfast at the Grand Pacific Restaurant and picked up the daily Sudoku from the library. We headed to the Spinnaker Lounge to complete it and wait for Bingo Time! This was the day they were going to draw for a 7-day Caribbean Cruise for two and we had purchased a few raffle tickets. Of course, since we were there, we decided to go ahead and play Bingo. They played four games and the cheapest package was $39 for three cards per game. This would have been an expensive activity if we had played every sea day! Unfortunately, we didn’t win anything at Bingo or the Caribbean Cruise, but we did win $5 after spending $40 on the instant win, pull-tabs. I guess winning two raffle prizes at the Art Auction was the extent of our luck!
After Bingo, we grabbed some lunch at the Garden Café buffet before heading to the last art auction. Over the past day we had seriously discussed purchasing the Rembrandt we had seen the first day. It was still the piece of art we liked the best and we wondered if we would regret not taking advantage of this opportunity to collect it. When we talked to Miguel about it, we learned that we could possibly still purchase it for the “mystery” (aka special) price. That sealed the deal for us, so we are now the proud owners of a Millennium Impression Rembrandt etching! Of course, we won’t see it until we return to the States because it needed to be shipped to a physical address in the U.S. to avoid customs and duties. It was extremely interesting learning about this world of art collecting and I wouldn’t be surprised if we purchased more in the future.
So, the worst part of the cruise followed the art auction—packing. I hate packing. And we knew that we were overweight flying to Barcelona so we knew it wouldn’t get any better flying back home. Thankfully, we had extra room in the carpet bag, so we put our heaviest shoes and sweaters in there to carry-on. We also overloaded our backpacks to try to lighten the checked bags. These bags had to be outside our door by 22:00 to be picked up and taken off the ship the next day.
With the packing done, we could enjoy the rest of our last evening on board the Norwegian Jade. We ate dinner at Cagney’s Steakhouse, attended the Christmas Show, finalized our art purchase, attended the Crew Talent Show, and enjoyed a final drink at the Champagne Bar.