Sunday, 20 September 2015
20.09.2015 - 20.09.2015
Stepped out onto Deck 15 at 06:00 and wasn't surprised that it was still dark. A sharp blasts on the ship's horn explained the fussy appearance of all the fixtures. We were sailing through dense fog and the foghorn need to be sounded every three minutes. Couldn't hear it in our cabin but certainly rattled the earwax when outside on the top deck. Needless to say there was no evident sunrise.
Met up with Jenny for breakfast and afterwards sat outside the Wheelhouse Bar and read. Nothing of interest this morning and decided to stay on Deck 7. Made our way to the Bayou Café where they we serving traditional British Pub Food. We've indulged in their 'Fish and Chips' on past cruises and this offering fully lived up to expectations.
Indulged in a little philosophical discussion with a fellow passenger about the group dynamics and the structure of the cruise. What I had assumed to be a single 22 day cruise is being treated as two segments and many of the people who boarded in Vancouver will be getting off in Los Angeles. With these short term horizons there is little incentive to strike up acquaintances. The other dynamic is group travellers, there are a number of significantly large groups travelling together and by their collective presence tend to dominate a venue.
Rod, our cabin steward, also pointed out that members of one of those groups like to sleep late. This helps to explain some story we've heard that a group of people were caught out in Seattle. The rule was that ALL passengers HAD to go ashore by 09:30 to clear immigration. Late sleepers would assume that they could quickly go ashore and then return for breakfast. NOT SO !! They had failed to read the fine print which stated that NO ONE was allowed back on the ship until AFTER everyone was cleared. Due to unexplained delays in immigration processing the final passenger was not cleared until 11:45. So anyone who was unprepared for an enforced stay ashore would be a little upset.
Regardless of who was at fault I believe it has left a decidedly negative vibe aboard the ship. We were out on the Boeing Tour which had problems of its own but at least we weren't sitting around in the cruise terminal for hours.
We went to the screening of Cinderella, same story but what a magnificent production. Cate Blanchett played the part of the evil stepmother and almost stole the show. Cinderella played by Lily James was just gorgeous and wore her gowns like she was born to the role. Great way to while away a couple of hours.
Formal Night and no excuse so we got dressed up. Rather than rush to dinner we decided to do the Captain's Circle thing at 19:00 and dine afterwards. Dinner was very nice but our table was under an A/C duct which blasted us with cold air. The meal was fine and the service certainly adequate but we are drifting more and more to the casual dinning in the Horizon Court.
Port of San Francisco tomorrow and we have a shore excursion booked. Hope to be on deck when we pass under the famous bridge.
Today was short of photographic opportunities so a shot of the ocean after the sun broke through is a feeble excuse, view the image by following this link to my main album.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony