Day 93, April 8:
The trivia question was straightforward: Name an egg-laying mammal. But one team, instead of going for the obvious “platypus,” went the whimsical route: “the Easter Bunny!” Easter – with its message of springtime, renewal, love – and, I guess, egg-laying mammals – was definitely in the air on the Amsterdam as we cruised the Mediterranean Sea on our way through Greece during our 112-day Grand World Voyage.
Celebrations of the season abounded onboard, including religious services (beginning with an Ecumenical Sunrise Easter Service on Lido Deck at 6 a.m.; Easter Interdenominational Worship Service in the Queen’s Lounge at 8 a.m., and Catholic Mass in the Queen’s Lounge at 9 a.m., where we gave thanks for our amazing voyage).
“Eggs-traordinary” decorations, including bunches of gigantic eggs and a banner saying “Happy Easter,” welcomed us into the Lido Restaurant for breakfast. Fresh flower arrangements made ship spaces fragrant and in the Amsterdam’s Promenade Deck Atrium, gorgeous themed flower arrangements featured white lilies and egg-shaped ornaments.
Then there was a bountiful Easter Grand Show Buffet Brunch, taking up the entire central section on Deck 4 of the lavishly decorated La Fontaine Dining Room. All manner of delights were on display and available for our pleasure including seafood, meats, vegetables, fruits and desserts plus a chocolate waterfall – and table upon table adorned with ice sculptures, vegetable and fruit carvings, chocolate sculptures and more.
The Easter Bunny made an appearance, naturally, and posed for photos with one and all outside the La Fontaine Dining Room – and Cruise Director “Bunny” Bruce was on hand as well.
An Easter Culinary Workshop for children later in the day invited them to make chocolate Easter bunnies and decorate eggs. Of course, there was also an Easter Bonnet extravaganza – or you could call it “eggs-travaganza” – with guests decorating their own holiday hats (Hostess Adele held a workshop to offer tips and tricks). The passengers then showed them off during a Grand Easter Bonnet Fashion Parade in the Queen’s Lounge – bonnets that, by the way, were all worthy as the song goes of a sonnet. A cruise is a festive occasion as it is with its fancy food, lots of music and pastimes, but no doubt about it, a voyage is so much more so on holidays, what with the ocean of activities, decorations and entertainment at our disposal. As has been the case with all the holidays we have enjoyed onboard the Amsterdam during our World Cruise – including Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day, the staff went all out to help us celebrate springtime renewal and Easter!
Freelance travel writer Georgina Cruz and her husband Humberto are currently sailing on Amsterdam’s 112-day Grand World Voyage and will be sending in cruise diaries throughout their time on board. She has logged 174 voyages to all seven continents and visited more than 100 countries.