Sunday, 27 September 2015
27.09.2015 - 27.09.2015
Another sea day today as we sail SouthEast towards our next destination. Walked around the upper decks before the sunrise and captured the rising sun into a generally cloudless sky.
A busy morning of lectures starting with a presentation by Bruce Vancil on the subject of Ocean Liners and Art Deco. Using images from the original ships and the Travel Posters of the time he showed how the two elements were used to create that air of elegance of that era.
Next in the theatre we were shown a video which documents the history of the Panama Canal. It was produced for Princess and will be part of the video package being offered for sale. The size of the project is unbelievable both in financial cost and the loss of lives during the construction. The economic benefit for the region and the impact on world trade were also covered.
With just a short break we sat through the Destination Lecture by Bill Keene on San Juan Del Sur. Bill's presentation style and his clever use of the technology makes his talk both informative and entertaining. Despite the increasing turbulence of the ocean and the forward location of the Theatre every seat was occupied. We've reviewed our booked Shore Excursion and have decided that most of it repeats our visit in March so we've cancelled.
Next on stage was one of the Third Officers to present a lecture on Navigation at Sea. At the end he fielded a range of questions which he handled with all the aplomb of a seasoned lecturer. He admitted this was his first time on stage and his Irish charm and wit endeared him to his audience.
An announcement from the Captain warned us of increasing swells and wind being generated by a Tropical Storm to the South West. He has set a course close to shore to reduce the impact. All pools have been drained and many public areas are only sparsely populated. It was just after 15:00 before we left the theatre and made it up to Deck 15 for a hot-dog and fries. The wind was so strong some of the fries were blown off the plate.
Not many people in the Horizon Court for dinner and no competition for window tables especially those facing forward. With the pitching motion of the ship it is a bit disconcerting to be seeing almost nothing but sky followed shortly by a view of nothing but white-capped waves. I find it best to only glance at it intermittently. There's no point testing fate.
So far we haven't felt queasy. When walking along the ship we find we're learning the Coral Princess Three Step, one step forward, one step to the side and one step backward. Takes a while to get anywhere. Went to the Theatre for ventriloquist Don Bryan's show. Nice mix of new material as he 'played with his dolls'. Some very funny quips.
This morning's sunrise are the only images captured today. You can view the collage by following this link to my main album.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony