Posted September 10th, 2018, 03:46 PM
A reasonable way to figure out if there are any Brits on board, and who they are, (reception won’t tell you who and where they are, for privacy reasons, though they may tell you how many) is to go to high tea on the E2 or
Europa a couple times, and listen for their proper and beautiful pronunciations of the English language . If present at all, they are a tiny island mixed in between the German pax talking German and some German crew or pax stiffly talking school and college English to a few entertainers who speak no German ( Spanish, Russian, etc.)
Eventually, the Brits will likely surface at tea, especially if it is a sea day (though usually unaccompanied by geishas
), and you can decide if you want to approach them.
On the Europa a couple years ago, that is how I approached and met a very nice couple, and had tea with them a couple times, we had some interesting talks. On my latest cruise, I heard a couple people who were likely Brits talking at tea time, but they were surprisingly and uncharacteristically loud over the piano music. Based on the topics of their conversations, I decided to pass on approaching them, so I just eavesdropped instead in between listening to the piano music.
On the E2, the ship also offers a cocktail get-together for international pax early in the cruise ( last fall there were a couple dozen, though mostly Americans, where the cruise was along the U.S. coast).
Tea is held in the beautiful Belvedere lounge in the bow of the ship, equivalent to the observation lounge on SB. It is a wonderful, oddly underutilized venue.
On the E2 you can also get sit-down tea and coffee there earlier in the day, e.g., late morning, but without the the piano music and with less people, very calming.
I eagerly await the advance release of new itineraries this month ( unknown when) for both the E2 and the Europa for mid-2020 and beyond. If solo, you have to jump on them.
I know I will be pursuing an Ocean Sun Festival booking on the Europa in 2020, wherever and whenever it is, and have deliberately made no other travel commitments for that year until I see the schedule. Hopefully my illnesses will also stay in reasonable check until then ( so far so good). If the E2 were to also have a classical music fest, I would try and book that too, with or without DH ( I hope to drag him back there, even though he somewhat preferred SB).
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