Sunday at Sea
After a little over a week of hard work, both cadets and crew get to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor today. Each division with the exception of those on watch were able to spend the day in the sun with no worries of work to be done.
Around noon, cadets on maintenance and utility were released early and have the rest of the day off. When I got to the Helo Deck around 1300, it was covered with cadets sunbathing packed in like sardines. There was music being blasted by speakers left and right and everyone was having a great time.
On the Boat Deck, there were a few Corn Hole games getting started and more cadets scattered all around. The highlight of the day had to be the barbeque lunch provided by Chartwells. There were hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, and so many more options that there is no way we can finish all that food. My favorite part of the lunch was the grilled pineapple. I already talked to Chartwells and got the recipe so you bet I’m making this when I get home!
For dinner Chartwells made over five-hundred steaks that were hand-cut during the week. That’s impressive considering they had to cut each steak and cook 3 meals a day for everyone on board.
As if cadets weren’t stuffed enough, there was an ice cream bar for dinner. They had vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and some mint flavor with some topping options.
Sunday at Sea has been a tradition for a while and it helps cadets remember why they are going through this training. They are able to take a break from all the hard work and enjoy the ocean where they are going to spend most of their careers. The same goes for crew members as they also had the day off. The morale is boosted and it gives each individual onboard the extra push they need until we get to Barbados on Friday.
After a delicious evening meal on the Helo Deck, the Mess Deck was the place to be! Cadets cheered on the New England Patriots as they clinched their trip to the Super Bowl. It was standing room only!
Sara sent these photos as the game ended. The cadets will be watching the Super Bowl in San Juan.