Thursday, 19 February 2015
19.02.2015 - 19.02.2015
With the clocks set back by an hour, the sunrise this morning was scheduled for 0554. Minutes before the scheduled sunrise the light reflected from the clouds created an amazing golden scene. The ship is heading SouthWest in the South Atlantic Ocean off the East coast of Brazil.
There is considerable discussion about the unexpected Emergency Stations Drill yesterday. The main point of complaint was the contradiction of instructions regarding the need to attend. There have been a number of other grumbles regarding the program for today. It feels more like day 1 of a new cruise rather than a continuation of the last 19. Many of the 'activities' being devoted to marketing the spa, the art gallery and other additional services.
My only chosen activity was the Destination Lecture for Buenos Aires in the Theatre. The lack of other lectures provided an opportunity for a leisurely lunch. Walking back from lunch we couldn't help noticing the number of people broiling in the filtered sun. In Australia we are constantly warned about the danger of exposure to the UV even when overcast. It continues to surprise me that there have been no specific warnings of the risks.
Back in the cabin we arrange to meet with Al and Deb Gibson at 1415 on Deck 5. We have bumped into them on and off with stated intentions to have a proper get together. Deb is signing up for the Pop Choir again and should be free after that time. Unless one is travelling as a group it is difficult for individuals to meet up.
We've had a chat and made a date for dinner tomorrow. I tried to make a booking in the 'anytime' dining room and was told that I couldn't have both a fixed dining and an anytime reservation. No problem - Deb will ring and make the reservation in their name.
Jenny had a bright idea to upgrade our booking for the Africa cruise in January 2016. I sat in line to speak to Angela who advised me that there was a 'balcony' available but that it would cost us an extra $4000 each to upgrade. I reluctantly declined the offer.
Tonight is a formal night so we get the chance to tart up again. The 'tux' I bought in Singapore is getting more use than I expected. A pleasant surprise is that the outfit still fits after almost three weeks of cruise-line food.
Enjoyed a very pleasant dinner with just the two of us at the table, Mary has come down with a cold and has spent most of the day asleep. We took our Kindles to the Theatre to see a repeat performance by Greg Scott who wowed us with another fantastic series of performances on his violin.
Another sea day tomorrow as we continue to sail South towards Buenos Aires.
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