Monday, 2 March 2015
02.03.2015 - 02.03.2015
An overcast sky prevented a visible sunrise and the temperature on the open decks was struggling to reach 10 °C. A simple breakfast in the Horizon Court and then back to the cabin to shower and dress for the day. There are not a lot of activities to attend to today. Jenny is feeling a bit off colour so she's reported to the Medical Centre. It appears there are a large number of passengers with symptoms of flu. Jenny's complaint is not infectious but she has been prescribed are variety of medication to prevent a bronchial attack.
I attended the Destination Presentation, our next port is Valparaiso for the city of Santiago. We have a Shore Excursion booked for the first day and will most likely walk ashore independently on the second day. These talks in the Theatre inevitably lead to massive overcrowding but this time they have arranged a simulcast on the stateroom TVs. There were lots of empty seats but I hope they keep up the simulcast idea.
There's a seafood buffet in Café Caribe from 1200 to 1330. Based on reports from previous 'theme' buffets we ensured seating well ahead of time. It appears that many fellow passengers had the same idea. By the time the buffet opened there was a queue of at least 100 people. The seafood on offer was short of fantastic and seemed hardly worth the effort. We finished our meal and noticed that the queue was still growing.
I spent some time taking some photos of the public spaces on Deck 7 the Promenade Deck. This deck is totally devoted to passenger space from the Theatre at the bow to Club Fusion at the stern. Other significant spaces include the Wheelhouse Bar, Crooner's, the Explorers Lounge and the Crown Grill.
After a refreshing siesta it was time to start the preparation for another formal dinner. Numbers were down in the dining room, possibly due to the number of people who are unwell. There is a Captain's Farewell Party this evening, primarily for the 600+ people who are leaving the ship in Valparaiso. We decided not to stay around and had no intention to mingle or have photos taken.
Back in the cabin we found a 'Transit Passenger' instruction sheet which contained some misinformation, casually dismissed by the Customer Services staff but incorrect and confusing nevertheless. I'm becoming less and less impressed with the administration. This is partly due to the fact that what we booked as a 49 day cruise is being treated and administered as three back-to-back cruises. This is illustrated by the fact that the on-board account is closed off after each segment and it appears that we will be required to attend another muster drill. Menus have also been repeated and look like being repeated again, not something we've noticed previously. I'm most surprised and disappointed that we've not had any menu items that reflect the cuisine of the countries we've visited. Throughout it is been predominately North American with some 'specials' to celebrate the 50th anniversary.
We continue to sail Northward along the Chilean coast towards Valparaiso. Another sea day tomorrow.
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