|The shower controls took me a bit to figure out. The hot water was not on the left as it is at home. Once I figured that out, I was happy happy happy.|
I walked to a medieval Christmas market near the boat.
Then went to the Lindt Chocolate Museum. The "lotus" tree in the picture below was actually a chocolate fountain. Yummmmmmmm
After touring the chocolate museum (and buying too many chocolates) I walked farther into town to two other Christmas markets (one at the Neumarkt is the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in Köln; the other was at the Alter Markt) before going back to the ship for an almost involuntary nap before dinner.
At 6p there was a welcome and safety briefing in the lounge with Captain Doede Smit (who is from the Netherlands), Cruise Manager Darinka Kilpa, and Hotel Manager Ferdinand Selig.
Starter: Pan fried taleggio marinated in honey with apple on bouquet of green garden leaves and Italian dressing..
Soup: Clear vegetable consummé with "Backerbsen"
Main Course: Pan fried halibut topped with olives, red onions and garlic sauce served with Mediterranean vegetables and tagliatelle pasta
Dessert: Assorted German cheeses with crackers
After dinner entertainment: Piano music by the crew musician, Krzysztof, in the lounge.