Ahhh, I am so refreshed today. I fell asleep last night right when I got out the shower with my hair still wrapped in a towel and the balcony door open. I don’t really remember falling asleep, but I feel like a new person today!!
Today we are spending the day at sea as we head to Eidfjord, Norway. I am hoping to have a relaxing day at sea, including a trip to the spa. I really found the best way to start a relaxing day while traveling is having a room service breakfast. The Europe 2 has 24 hour room service with a menu to suit everyone’s appetite.
After breakfast, I enjoyed laying on my suite balcony with sun hitting my face. I actually fell asleep for a bit before heading out to the Europa 2 ship tour. During the tour we learn about the specialty restaurants and the spa. We also watch a short clip of the making of the Europa 2 in the theater.
Europa 2 kids club:
- Kids’ Club on board for children as of four years of age
- Age-specific programs with activities such as game-filled afternoons, karaoke, making things and treasure hunts
- Special children’s excursions* without parents
- SPA offers for children* in the OCEAN SPA for children as of eight years such as a chocolate body wrap or chocolate massage on the EUROPA and the EUROPA 2
- Dinner as a group with the child minders and delicious kids’ menus
Travel Tip: Make yourself familiar with the cruise ship the first day. You will enjoy your trip having a sense of where everything is located.
After the tour I decided to head to the spa. This was a whole new experience for me. Europa 2 is a German cruise and in Germany men and women go to the spa naked. Not like in the US everyone wear a bathing suit while in a community hot tub and sauna. I spent about 15 minutes in the spa and decided to head back to my suite.
Did you know? Every room in the Europa 2 is a balcony suite. There is no such thing as an inside cabin or a porthole room. My suite was the entry level on the ship and it was as big as a hotel room with a walk in closet. I have never had a walk in closet on any cruise ship! My room was beautiful and BIG.
Before dinner we took an Art tour on the Europa 2. The Europa 2 has the largest art collection at sea with over 890 art pieces on-board. The art collection was compiled by curators from International Corporate Art (ICA), and artists and gallery owners are on-board every voyage to discuss the words with guests. An art tour is also held on every cruise. You will find pieces by Jeppe Hein, Georg Küttinger, Ingrid von Kruse, Eva Hild, Minjung Kim, Cornelius Völker, Rupprecht Mathies, Kubach & Kropp, Tenka Gammelgaard, Christiane Baumgartner and Christian Schoppe- well known young artists from Germany and Europe.
After the art tour we headed to Serenissima and Italian restaurant for dinner. This is where I discovered they had Peach Bellini which is one of my favorite cocktail! Dinner was very good and my paste was cooked perfectly al dente.
After dinner we were slowly entering the fjords. It was beautiful!
What is a Fjord? A fjord is formed when a glacier retreats, after carving its typical U-shaped valley, and the sea fills the resulting valley floor. This forms a narrow, steep sided inlet (sometimes deeper than 1300 meters) connected to the sea.
Well, that is all for today. I am beat and so excited to explore Eidfjord tomorrow.
Have a good night everyone!