Sunday, 15 February 2015
15.02.2015 - 15.02.2015
Calm seas and a balmy breeze made for pleasant walking on Deck 19 as I observed the various stages of the sunrise. The colours faded quickly over just a few minutes. After meeting Jenny for breakfast we embarked on another busy sea-day.
The first event was the Culinary Demonstration in the Theatre. The ingredients and recipes are the same on just about every cruise but the interplay between the presenters make for interesting variations. The Executive Chef and the Maitre d'Hotel had each spent over 25 years aboard Princess ships. They had obviously worked together before and gave a very entertaining performance. We didn't join the crowd on the galley tour, one galley is pretty much like another.
Staying in the Theatre we listened to the lecture by Robert Turner who presented his final lecture touching on the subject of cosmology and also the Higgs Boson. Once again providing a wealth of information and introducing us to 'dark matter' and even 'dark energy' to add to all the other particles and forces of the natural world.
The Theatre was filled to bursting for the Destination Presentation on Rio de Janeiro by Hutch. His overriding message was that we were entering vast city with questionable 'safety' standards at a time when there are thousands of additional people visiting for Carnival. The petty crime rate is expected to be high and we need to be vigilant. Once again he drifted off target by spending a lot of time on events that we won't be seeing because they've already happened, won't happen until after we sail or have been booked out for many months. I think he likes the sound of his own voice a bit too much. Many people drifted off to sleep or left during the presentation.
Jenny stayed to reserve the seats while I ducked down to the International Cafe for some snacks, it had been over six hours without sustenance. Along with about half the theatre we awaited the start of the movie, "Boyhood" staring Ellar Coltrane and Patricia Arquette. We lasted all of 15 minutes and couldn't imagine where it was headed for the next two and a half hours so we left.
Back in the cabin I had great intentions to start composing this epistle by succumbed to weariness, dropped off to sleep and didn't wake until 1700 to get ready for dinner. Mary and Donald didn't put in an appearance, Mary had told us that Donald wasn't feeling well. The menu contained numerous great choices and we both selected items that met our expectation. The dessert choices were also fantastic, one of the best meals yet.
After dinner off to the Theatre again to listen to Greg Scott. What an amazing talent. He played classical violin on a 200 year old instrument that was on loan to him. He appeared a humble person and paid great tribute to the seven members of the backing orchestra. His range of music showcased the versatility of his instrument, from classic to jazz, movie themes to musicals he covered them all. The Hungarian gypsy piece received a standing ovation. People we spoke to after the show agreed that you'd pay $150 a ticket to attend a concert as good as that ashore.
Tomorrow we're in Santos with no firm plans and no tour booked.
If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony