Published: January 13th 2012January 12th 2012
powering along at 17 knots
After our massive day yesterday we slept in until 9am and I think so did most other people, as breakfast was really crowded. We sat with a couple from Sydney, no free tables at all. She has cruised before and like us they had a busy day yesterday.
The coffee machines serve disgusting coffee, thank god for the 2 cafes, small price but big pleasure.
Laundry day today, there is quite a large one on level 10 with normal prices of $3 per load and $2 per dry. There is also a pull out line in your shower for hanging smalls.
Back to the coffee machine saga. So far we have tried; strong white, strong black and normal black with add your own real milk, and normal white with milk and all have been declared revolting. Seems like it will have to be paid cafe coffee until we can buy a small jar of freeze dried on our shore excursion.
At the start and end of this cruise are the 2 days and nights of total sea, so there is a much to do on board to keep people active and happy.
In the small library
People walked around this for exercise and there was a boot camp which used this each morning
are various paperbacks and some hard covers to borrow, Internet facilities and board games. We borrowed a scrabble set, bought a coffee and sat up on the pool deck and played a games together. Ok Martin flogged me by using the likes of the word degauze and then to rub it in added re to the start for a triple word score. I wanted to put the word skiter in as in one who skites but no, this was disallowed.
Parle vous Francais? Well we can, sort of, with French lessons today. Scooter the events co-ordinator from Vancouver gave us an half hour of basic words and phrases for our use in Noumea, and I had a go at my basic school girl French on a couple who come from New Caledonia who are on this cruise. Not too sure why they have chosen to cruise to their own country.
We also played Pictionary, Movie trivia, and watched a game of Liar. Think we are a little bit slower than yesterday, we enjoy walking around, have a drink here, ice-cream there, chat to this person here, and as odd as it seems you start to recognize people and
The hypnotist was really good
see the same people all the time.
Shared dining can be great and tonight we had the company of young brother and sister from Mudgee and an older couple from Hamilton New Zealand. Nearby was a large group of people from Armenia who entertained us with dancing and singing. Had a great chat with the bar manager in the mix bar who was an English speaking Canadian who preferred living in Italy.
The crew are extremely attentive and go that extra mile, one of waiters entertained us with toothpick challenges at the end of the meal and tonight when we got back to our room our room cleaner Lilian had turned down our beds and left the new towels modeled as an elephant.
Tonight's show was a hypnotist, people were so willing be on stage, many come back for the 2nd show.
Tomorrow is our first shore excursion, Isle of Pines which is at the bottom of New Caledonia, so the alarm is set for an early breakfast and hopefully an early tender to take us ashore.
There are more photos below