Back at sea now on route to Naples and now the sea is calm and the sun is out. Minerva has two dining venues, a restaurant and a cafe — both with open-seating dining. In the main restaurant the Swan, breakfast and lunch include both menu and buffet items, while dinner is ordered solely from a menu.
Jackets and ties are required in this venue at dinner only.
The Veranda cafe has a casual dress code and buffet dining, with the same dinner entrees as those served in the main restaurant.
When the weather allows it food is also cooked next to the swimming pool.
The wheeler bar is next to the pool deck and is very popular before dinner.
The Shackleton bar fills up after dinner and after the evening show.
The Orpheus Bar plays live music for the night owls.
Of the cabins, 126 are outside, 44 have balconies and a generous number are set aside for single passengers. All have showers, refrigerators, safes and TV’s.
Cruises are geared to learning experiences with a staff of specialty speakers who are drawn from universities, the clergy, media and government services to provide in-depth understanding of the areas visited. Areas covered include culture, religion, history, politics and the natural sciences. Pictured below is the author Gervase Phinn.
Each talk typically lasts 40 minutes, and the speakers are available afterward for further discussion, as well as during meals. Additional entertainment is limited to live music from a classical music troupe, a house band or soloists; a crew show; and films screened in the cinema and on cabin TV’s.
The Library is well stocked with books and current magazines.
I run my fashion workshops on sea days but I will tell you about those later, now its onwards to Oporto in sunny Portugal.