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Day Thirty Eight - At Sea Off Panama

Friday, 2 October 2015

My arrival on Dec 15 this morning was greeted by remnant storms on the Southern horizon. Large banks of cloud masked any visibility of the sunrise. Although dramatic, the billowing clouds were difficult to capture and the results were mediocre at best.

First activity for me was again a presentation in the Theatre. Bill Keene presented his overview of the next port of call being Cartagena, Columbia. All always his presentation was informative, technically excellent and delivered with a sprinkling of humour. The audience numbers were down a bit, no doubt due to the loss of an hour overnight. Spent some time on the open deck trying to capture the different ships that pass us most of them a long way off.

After lunch there was a presentation by Bruce Vancil, his topic being the collecting, presentation and trade in ship memorabilia. His passion is 'Steam' ships but it doesn't stop him from collecting other nautical items. He provided an insight to the lengths some 'ship nerds' will go to obtain and display their collections.

Stayed in the Theatre for the screening of "Far from the Madding Crowd". A period 'chick flick' that could have been over and done with in the first 15 minutes if only she'd said YES!! The final outcome was totally predictable, the path along the way took some interesting twists and turns. Not a total waste of two hours.

We went up to Deck 7 to see what the setting sun could produce. The lead up to the actual event provided some amazing patterns in the clouds. We also spotted a small patrol vessel which we later identified as belonging to the Fisheries Agency of Japan, no idea what it was doing here on the other side of the Pacific.

Enjoyed dinner in the Horizon Court and Jenny remarked that we'd never previously eaten so many deserts. One or two at lunch and the same in the evening. I put it all down to the winning smile and personality of the young pastry chef Cris.

We continue on an almost Easterly course for our appointment with the Panama Canal tomorrow morning.

For today's image I cobbled together a collage showing four different vessels encountered today. 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

Posted by greynomadm 18:21 Archived in Panama

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