Today was one of the best days at sea I have ever experienced…. First of all, the weather was perfection. I sat outside by the pool for most of the day visiting with friends and doing a little reading. This evening was our first formal night ball, The Black & Silver Ball. The whole evening was spectacular, starting with the before dinner drinks in the Crow’s Nest, followed by a scrumptious dinner. The Ball itself was packed, everyone put on their formal wear and came out to party. After the Ball, thinks really got going when a fairly large number of people headed for the Crow’s Nest for dancing and cocktails… It truly was one of the best evenings I have experienced. Thanks to the Captain, Jonathan Mercer, Hotel Director Henk Mensink and, of course, our Cruise Director Gene Young for such a great evening….