Wednesday, 23 September 2015
23.09.2015 - 23.09.2015
Before I forget to mention it the repair job on Jenny's bag was done in less than six hours. The repair so neat it is impossible to distinguish it from the original. A marvellous service and totally free.
Back to this morning. Ship's arrival coincided with the sunrise so I was able to witness the docking and the sunrise after an early breakfast. The port is incredibly busy with dozens of container berths each serviced by a multitude of cranes.
The terminal building is one of the most spacious we've experienced and the massive roof is clad in 'solar panels' (Photovoltaic Arrays). The carpark is extensive and the facility appears to handle the simultaneous arrival of the Coral and the Crown.
Armed with the appropriate "Transit Passenger" passes we easily slipped ashore and visited the USS Iowa, a WWII battleship, one of four such vessels built. Retired and re-commissioned a number of times the ship has been modernised and new weapons systems added. In its heart it is a huge lump of steel with few creature comforts but massive fire-power. In final retirement she graces the LA Waterfront and is the main attraction. Maintained by volunteers she provides a unique insight to the workplace of the WWII sailor.
Returned to the ship for lunch and afterwards the movie in the theatre. "Run All Night" is an action packed show with lots of gun-fights, dead bodies all around and some difficulty try to decide who were the good guys. It certainly kept one awake.
With an expected 15:15 departure we spent some time on the open deck looking for that final photo opportunity. We suspect that one or more of the shore excursions were delayed because we didn't start to manoeuvre out of the birth until 16:30. With that out of the way it was time for an early dinner and a vigil on Deck 7 Starboard to watch the sun set behind Catalina Island.
Not particularly interested in a repeat of the 'Welcome Aboard Show' so spent the time reviewing our booked Shore Excursions and worked on these words as well as sorting through many photos of today. Selected a sunrise shot which looks OK. You can 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