Monday, 18 March 2013
18.03.2013 - 18.03.2013
Overnight the ship sailed serenely North and again it was difficult to realise that we were actually moving. The feel and sounds were much the same as you would experience in an air-conditioned room in a shore-based hotel. I woke up at about 0430 and tried the internet connection, it being quite responsive I uploaded yesterdays blog and image.
Got up again just after 0600, dressed and made my way up to the top deck to witness the sunrise. While the humidity was in the high 90s the temperature was quite balmy and with the breeze created by the ship's speed it was most pleasant outside. Stayed up there until just before 0700 and managed to capture a good range of images the best of which is the first glimpse of the sun and is number 45 in today's sequence.
Met Jenny for breakfast at what has become our preferred location in the Horizon Court. It is all the way aft on the starboard side and is the furthermost away from the food service. It is an area looked after by the happiest chap on board, Raj from India. A jolly laugh a friendly greeting and an engaging smile are combined with an amazing memory of our preferred beverages. Also the area is much quieter than the section closer to the food service area.
Back to the cabin and we prepare for the morning activities. Jenny is off to craft and I'm attending a destination lecture on the port of Kagoshima. As always these lectures are so popular that with 20 minutes to go the theatre is filled to capacity. It sounds like an interesting place to visit but we will no doubt miss out on many of the attractions, there is just too much to see. My preference at this stage is to take the ferry across to the volcano and spend some time visiting the local parks, it will all depend on the weather on the day.
Up to the Horizon Court to meet up with Jenny for lunch, there was a Mexican special but again the queue was quite long and the food was not particularly appealing. Picked up some interesting salads and another beef pie still in its Mrs Mac's wrapper. Interesting how the simple meat pie brings back all kinds of memories, including a road trip with 'Rocky' Middleton, back in the old days.
Just as we finished lunch we were joined by a couple from the USA, interesting to talk to and an even more interesting 'card'. She is an artist and her 'card' is a reproduction of one of her paintings, very whimsical, colourful and demonstrating a positive attitude.
After lunch we set off to the theatre for today's movie, today's offering is "Flight" starring Denzel Washington and John Goodman. It certainly isn't a movie you'd want to watch before boarding a flight. A most unexpected ending !!
As I write this we continue to sail on water that is totally undisturbed by any hint of a ripple, except for the wake cause by our passing. We have never previously experienced an ocean so calm. Watched the end of the golf tournament on the TV before making our way to the Santa Fe for dinner.
Dinner was excellent as we've come to expect. My part bottle of 'red' was there waiting for me and Noon the waiter is viewing us as family. We skipped desserts and headed for the theatre where we were entertained by an incredible lady simply billed as "Maggie". There was a bit of Phyllis Diller about her but she had a most incredible voice and topped that off with some of the best piano playing I've heard from a comic. The highlight was a version of "I've Been Everywhere Man" by using the title "I've Had Everything Doc" and then rattling through 101 deceases, complaints and ailments. An excellent way to spend the best part of an hour.
To round out the day we paid a quick visit to the Horizon Court for some beverage and supper snacks. Finished writing this and sat back to watch some TV as we continued our way between the Philippine islands of Basilan and Mindanao to enter the Sulu Sea - South West of Manila.
Hope there was something of interest to you, will post another update tomorrow.
Meanwhile, if you'd like to see my recent images you could try the following link. Recent Images on 365
Cheers ... Tony