Saturday, 16 March 2013
16.03.2013 - 16.03.2013
Woke up a few times during the night and it was difficult to detect that were actually moving, the sea is so calm and our location on the ship is well forward of the engines and the propellers so there's little or no noise. I went up to deck 7 at 0630 for the scheduled sunrise and I was not disappointed. The dark clouds created many patters against a backdrop of the rising sun. Have a look at this.
Following our usual routine we had breakfast in the Horizon Court, mapped out our day and watched the various trays of food being transported from servery to table. Jenny started a discussion on the topic of who she would travel with if I wasn't there. She actually came up with two or three names of ladies she felt she'd be compatible with. Sadly, I couldn't think of anyone, other than her, that I'd consider spending even two or three days with. Guess that says something about my character and the limit of my circle of 'friends'. Something to reflect on anyway.
Deciding what to do each day is the biggest challenge because often two or three possible activities overlap. By way of starting a conversation I asked a man in the Atrium what his plan for the day was ?? "Trivia at 1045" was his response. So his whole day was focused on one hour just before lunch. My plan is not much better, Port Lecture at 1000, Movie at 1330, part of that may need to be sacrificed for a 1500 Veteran's meeting and then tonight's Show at 1900. The empty hours in between are filled with eating; breakfast, lunch and dinner and the snacks and coffee, and reading, dozing and people watching.
The port lecture provided an overview of what to see and do in Hong Kong, the most useful piece of information was that relating to the location of the shuttle drop-off which will operate for the first day and the tender pier for tender operations for day two. Once again there was a warning regarding possible delays at the border control both incoming and outgoing.
Lunch in the Horizon Court, today's specials being savoury pies, I'm pretty sure they are Mrs Mac's pies. The chili-beef tasted great with tomato sauce.
Next event the theatre for the movie "Argo" staring Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston. Based on the true story of a CIA operation to rescue six Americans trapped in the Canadian Embassy in Iran. Great suspense and an almost credible story line. Decided to stay for the end and forgo the Veterans meeting. Back to the cabin to write up this tale and for Jenny to catch up on some sports coverage. I'm way behind on current affairs and find I'm not concerned about that. Writing that causes me to reflect on the absence of a Daily News Digest which was delivered to our cabins on the Sea Princess.
This recording of events was briefly interrupted by a general alert announcing "Code Alpha, deck 7, Lifeboat 22". When I got to deck 7 we were being asked to clear the deck. Best information I could ascertain is that someone had suffered a heart attack. Not a bad place to have one, they'd be in the ship's hospital much quicker than if it had happened in downtown Sydney.
A review of the schedule in the Patter of today shows a lot of promotional 'activities' rather than the entertainment or enrichment variety. I would need to compare these against those from earlier cruises to be sure but on the face of it this ship targets a different demographic.
Dinner in the Santa Fe was a bit of fun, the couple next to us were Asians from New Jersey he was as keen to find out things about Australia as I was to find out things about his birth-place, Hong Kong. We talked so much we were almost late for the show which tonight featured a vocalist from Montreal; Claude Eric. Great voice but appeared a bit stiff in his performance.
We're making steady headway at a respectable 17.2 knots.
Will post another update tomorrow.
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Cheers ... Tony