Tuesday, 29 September 2015
29.09.2015 - 29.09.2015
Sunrise was due at 05:48, I was there but massive clouds blocked the sun from showing through. It appears that the region is experiencing a number of tropical storms. The ship is showing little sign of the slight sea and the wind across the deck is not uncomfortable. There is a full set of enrichment lectures scheduled so we should be kept fully occupied throughout the day.
Starting before 10:00 we selected our 'regular' seats in the Theatre in readiness for the technical presentation by the First Engineering Officer. All the hidden features that make the ship work were covered. From the massive diesel engines that drive the alternators to generate the power to drive the propulsion system. Sounds complicated but electric motors turn the main propellors and the side thruster. The ship also has a gas turbine which is used when the ship is operating in a location where there are restrictions on exhaust emissions. Masses of information.
Stayed in our seats for the Shore Excursion presentation on Cartagena and Aruba. The main aim is to sell ship's tours but along the way we were shown a number of highlights for these two destinations. We have tours booked and see no reason to cancel or change them.
A very short break and Bruce Vancil launched his presentation on what sank the Titanic. It appears that there are a number of theories which have had followers at certain times but Bruce is convinced that detailed analysis by credible experts has determined that the entry of water into places it was not intended is what sunk the ship. A number of design faults as well as timing circumstances all contributed to the disaster.
Another short break and Bill Keene spoke at some length to another 'full house' audience. A captivating hour of diagrams, images and figures that described the need for the additional lanes in the Panama Canal. A massive operation employing about 33,000 workers and costing billions of dollars. Given the size of the project it is surprising that it is within 10% of budget and mere months behind schedule on completion. It is expected the the extra lane will be operational early in 2016. His show finished a mere 10 minutes before the Afternoon Movie started, the full house trying to exit while the movie crowd tried to get in caused quite a chaotic tangle on the stairways.
Yes we stayed for the Afternoon Movie. Starring Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson - The Longest Ride was a captivating movie and we were pleased to have stayed there but it amounted to about seven hours in the Theatre and no lunch!!
On our way back to the cabin we were struck by the potential for a great sunset. I went down and collected the camera. Jenny joined me at the stern of the ship on Deck 7 for almost 40 minutes as the sun, the clouds and the sea provided an incredible show. I captured over 60 images with many of them suitable for enlarging, framing and hanging on the wall. Yes I was excited. To add some spice to the sunset we watched a large pod of dolphins cavorting in our wake.
Finally made our way to the Horizon Court for a light dinner before returning to the Theatre for an entertaining show by Glenn Smith and the Coral Princess Orchestra. The show consisted of a free-flowing collection of music from blues to rock'n'roll with the musicians obviously enjoying themselves.
Tomorrow is a tendered port, San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua.
Today's images is one of this evening's sunset, hope you like it. 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