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September 20th 2018
Published: September 21st 2018
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Well, today started off well enough, although our day’s plans for Dartmouth were canceled because of expected rough weather - lovely brekky in La Terrazza. On this ship it’s on the same deck as our suite, which is handy.
After breakfast Tom went to the enrichment lecture, being given by an Aussie professor. I already felt enriched so I went down to the panorama lounge for a spot of quiet reading. We met up again for lunch at La Terrazza and by now the seas were getting a little choppy.
Just before lunch they announced that our three ports of call on the west coast of Ireland were canceled due to the storm Ali, and that after Cork we would travel to Dublin and Belfast instead. They have credited our accounts with the cancelled excursions and are offering excursions in Dublin and Belfast instead. Two people on the west coast of Ireland have been killed because of this storm, and an Oceania cruise liner, the Nautica, has broken loose from its moorings in Greenock, Scotland, and had to be retrieved and held by tugs. 500 people were temporarily evacuated from it.
After lunch we just watched movies, read and slept. The weather by now was really wild, the seas heavy and white bags are tucked into handrails along the corridors. Our poor little ship was being battered by big waves (not on our side thank heavens) and she just kept on chugging through it.
We didn’t feel up to dressing for dinner and just ordered a pizza to our suite. Tom decided then that he didn’t want to eat dinner. I ate half the pizza - a delicious authentic Italian pizza on an Italian ship with Italian staff (and Indian and Philippinos)
By the Way - the Thames was a really busy working river with boats pushing barges of shipping containers and soil up the river, not to mention all of the tourist cruises.


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