The Meridian restaurant is now divided into two – club dining in the lower level, and freedom dining in the upper. We’re on on club dining, second sitting on a table for eight which last night was fully occupied. Conversation went well, and as I suggested last summer, when that’s the case the issue about plated vs. silver service goes away – you don’t really notice how the food gets to you.
One other point – we looked into upper level as we walked around the Promenade. One of the points being made at the refurb was the increased number of two-seat tables in Freedom dining. Well, maybe; but there seemed to no more than a few inches gap between two such tables. It’s obvious that they were previously a four-seat table that’s been minimally separated.
We slept well apart from being woken twice by a ‘Ding!’ sound. On investigation this morning I discovered that I had left my phone turned on. The first Ding! was the phone being welcomed to France (at 1:47am); the second was the welcome to the Netherlands (at 5:35am); and finally, to Belgium at 7:47am (by which time we were stirring anyway). Val has been remarkably philosophical about these disturbances. For my part I’m impressed about being welcomed to the Netherlands before Belgium. Val wonders if the wind was blowing the signal down the channel….
Today we’re at Zeebrugge, and we’re doing an excursion to Ghent. More about that later.