Thursday, 24 September 2015
24.09.2015 - 24.09.2015
The first of two sea days to our next port. Overcast sky, sea mist/haze and nothing to focus the camera on. So I'll be digging into some images from previous places rather than artificially constructing collages of the ship's internals. Pretty much the same as previous images from past cruises. Hope you don't mind.
Today marks the start of the last cruise leg and there is a change in the feel of the crowd aboard. They appear to be more willing to enter into conversation.
The on-board programme has also taken a change for the better. There are scheduled 'enrichment' lectures and more 'long term' activities to fill in the other 'sea days' as we head for Fort Lauderdale.
The first lecture, by Bruce Vancil was titled "the History of Ocean Liners". His presentation was interesting and very informative as he covered about 150 years of ocean liner history. He had excellent images of historically famous ships. These ships were developed to provide fast and comfortable transportation primarily between Europe and America. They were typified by maintaining tight schedules and speed of crossing was a primary consideration. Their demise was signalled when more people flew these TransAtlantic routes than sailed them. Many of the more recent famous ships now serve as museums and even hotel/convention centres.
The alternate lecture stream is a series of 'Destination Lectures' presented by Bill Keene. His presentation is both informative and very professional. His talks being vastly superior to those aboard the Ruby Princess cruise around South America earlier this year.
Tonight is a formal night and I'll need at least an hour to get into my 'monkey suit'. I haven't worn it often enough for the buttons to easily slip in and out of the holes. The fancy studs are particularly difficult.
Late yesterday one of the couples from our original 'Land Tour' group offered me a book to read. "Fire and Fury" 'the allied bombing of Germany 1942 - 1945' by Randall Hansen. It is a detailed factual review of official records, personal letters and interviews with survivors or their descendants. Certainly an interesting topic and it has captured my interest. So the Kindle is taking a rest and I'm learning to handle a 'hard copy' again.
For those of you expecting a reply to your emails, sorry it is unlikely to happen. There is an 'issue' between my 'client' program on the laptop and the server at Google. Something to do with security which I don't have the facility to try and resolve. At best I can use the web interface at Gmail to provide short replies but don't expect lengthy or well constructed responses.
After dinner in the dining room we went up to the Horizon Court where the young pastry chef has promised a special dessert. The cheesecake was excellent and looked beautiful. He'd kept a significant slice for me. He serves those calorie-free sweets every lunch time and evening. For some reason he thinks I need to enticed over to see his wares.
After indulging we came down to the Universal Lounge where we enjoyed the antics of Don Bryan the ventriloquist and his side-kick 'Noseworthy'. It is amazing what those two get away with. Tonight the Canadians came in for an unfair attack, very funny though. The clocks go forward an hour as we sail in a general Easterly direction.
Today's image is from a few days ago when the sun was setting in San Francisco. 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