Monday, 28 September 2015
28.09.2015 - 28.09.2015
Woke up this morning to a generally calm sea after some significant pitching of the ship overnight. Tried to go to the outside decks to see if there was a sunrise. All external decks were still closed. All of the deck furniture had been lashed down and all the pools drained. I've never seen the pool deck stripped naked like that. A fine misty rain added to the desolate feel of the ship. By 07:00 the deck crew were hard at it to tart-up the old lady.
Today's activities are somewhat limited in my sphere of interest with a destination presentation by Bill Keene. He attracts a full-house and he again provided an excellent coverage of Costa Rica in general and our destination of Puntarenas in particular. After seeing his images we reviewed our booked shore excursion and were happy to stick with what we've booked. We booked these excursions with the option to cancel as we came closer to the port.
A brief light lunch and I attended a short talk by Bruce Vancil as he quickly covered the 'short' history of the Los Angeles Steamship Company which sailed a variety of ships between Los angeles and Honolulu. The demise of this company was hastened by the introduction of regular air travel in the late 1960s.
Called in at the Future Cruises desk to cancel one of our cruises booked for next year. We've decided to cancel the mid-year cruise out of Perth and instead add some extra time in Europe before we sail on the Emerald Princess from Southampton in September next year. Been talking to an American and he mentioned some of the WWII historic sites and Jenny has expressed interest in visiting Amsterdam again. We've also considered some coach tours in Britain while we are there. Sorry I digress, he can't change the booking because it was booked in Australia, seems strange.
It is a formal night but we can't be bothered getting all dressed up. We did change out of our day-time gear and had dinner on the Horizon Court. I finished up with a bewildering array of flavours on my plate. Certainly gave the old taste buds a bit of a thrill. Young Cris, the young pastry chef, insisted I try a chocolate cake pie, WOW !!
Joined an almost full house in the Theatre for almost an hour of quick-fire quips from Scott Wyler. He managed to hit on every ethnic group and subjects from politics to sex. Very funny even if one or two of the names of local celebrities went over my head. His best lines were aimed at 'dumb Americans' when he asked an older chap if he liked last night's ventriloquist, the old guy said he didn't think much of the man but the manakin was very funny. Go figure.
Another sea day tomorrow and a full set of enrichment lectures.
This morning's image of the naked pool deck made quite an impression. 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