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At 0530, it’s 68 in Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Following early riser coffee and tea we had a nice breakfast with Lyd enjoying her first Eggs Benedict. I started the booking procedure for our 11th cruise, next August, on the Grand New England Tour. Whereas it will be a “free” cruise, there is a fair amount of accounting to do and that person didn’t come into the office, today. We then boarded a bus for a 3-hour tour of the island, during which we purchased a few souvenir coasters. Suffice it so say the tour guide, yesterday, on Nantucket, was far superior. We went straight to lunch. We both enjoyed the Crab Salad on a croissant and I finished with a sampling of the strawberry cheesecake. Patti, our primary cruise director, reports ACL lost 85% of the employees during the pandemic and is still rebuilding. We napped in the afternoon before 1730 cocktails. From there, it was down to dinner. Our regular group seems to be Jim Lewis from Sugar Land, TX and Candy Morgan from Des Moines, IA, and Richard & Cathy Mann, from Belhaven, NC at our table for 6, with Cody as our regular dining steward. I started with a Caesar Style Salad with an asiago crisp, olive oil marinated Anchovy, Romaine and Caesar dressing before moving on to the Grilled Swordfish with Shrimp Salsa over rice and vegetable pilaf, baby carrots, and a lemon-chive butter sauce. Lyd selected the Herb Crusted Seared Chicken Breast over goat cheese & chive polenta with cauliflower and pan gravy. I finished by sampling a large slab of lemon meringue pie. We then returned to the room for the evening, forgoing, again, the evening entertainment. At 2030, there is an ambulance at the end of the dock and the deckhand says it is for a passenger.