Friday, 25 September 2015
25.09.2015 - 25.09.2015
The open deck temperatures are increasing as we enter the more tropical zone along the West coast of Baja California. The humidity is also increasing and as a result I'm having problems with condensation on the camera lens. The sunrise was short of spectacular but quite interesting.
As it is another Sea Day my schedule is determined by the timing of the lectures and other events like lunch are adjusted around them. The slack time in between is soaked up reading and writing and occasionally snoozing.
First up was Bill Keene with a comprehensive pop quiz on facts and features of the Panama Canal. It has a long and chequered history and over the years has collected a number of myths, he not only dismissed them but explained how they originated. The canal is oriented North South not East West as I had assumed. The canal is owned and operated by the Panamanians not Chinese interests as may be assumed from the ownership of some of the port facilities at either end. The fact that made the greatest impact on me was the almost US$ 500,000 it costs Princess to sail this ship through the canal. With about 2000 passengers aboard that works out at about US$ 250 each all included in the ticket price of course.
Bruce Vancil drew the short straw, his lecture was scheduled for 12:30 and I suspect the low attendance was due to the conflicting priority of lunch. He spoke passionately about the illustrious career of the RMS Queen Mary, the last surviving example of her class now a tourist attraction at Long Beech in California. She served as Cunard's fastest liner between England and the USA for over 30 years, for five of those she was commandeered to serve as a troop transporter. Her regular passenger compliment was about 2,500, when rigged for troops and refugees she carried about 15,000. These numbers are from memory and may be inaccurate to some degree, perhaps you should add '-ish' after each of them.
Despite a very long list of activities from 13:00 on into the evening, we have nothing specific highlighted until 19:45. Just made a quick count and the number of activities comes to 30. So there is plenty on offer, there just isn't anything that interests us. We spent part of the intervening time on lunch and dinner, reading, watching TV and yes even a short nap :-)
Had dinner in the Horizon Court and finished it off with a generous slice of Black Forest cake. The young pastry chef who cuts and serves the cakes has been very attentive and engaging. he uses that old line "Once the cake or pie is cut all the calories drain out". I certainly hope he's right.
Went to the show in the Theatre where the performance by Wayne Hoffman left me trying to rationalise what I witnessed. If ever a performance can be called 'incredible' this mentalist's performance fully qualifies. His feats defy credibility. I saw it happen but I don't believe it.
Tomorrow we're in port and we have a shore excursion booked.
Today's image is of a simple sunrise with a slightly fogged lens, I like it, hope you do too. 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