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Published: March 14th 2012
<strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Wednesday 14th
Sorry to rub it in but this has been yet another day of indulgent rest and relaxation. A long chatty breakfast led to us being, yet again, the last people out of the restaurant. A lovely lady who dined with us has to leave the ship tomorrow as her husband had a heart attack on board yesterday so he’s being air lifted back to Australia. What a sad thing to cause the curtailment of such a wonderful holiday.
We have had a much happier day including another excellent maritime lecture; this time on that perpetual subject of fascination – the Titanic. They re-assessed the sinking a few years ago using modern computer technology. They established that the total square footage of the damage done to the hull amounted to just over one square meter. The hole gauged by the iceberg was only 4 to 5 inches high but it was very long and flooded one too many of the watertight compartments. They also learnt that if the ship had hit the iceberg head on, it would not have sunk. All fascinating stuff.
Later we went to a champagne bash at the art gallery as they had a very good exhibition of Rolf Harris artwork. We’ve never seen so much of his work in one place and it was fascinating to look at. Not surprisingly, we didn’t buy a thing.
This afternoon we swam and enjoyed the fun and games of waves inside the swimming pool again. The Queen Mary 2 is so much bigger than the Elizabeth and it seems to swallow up any choppiness in the sea much more effectively … but not completely. Which is good because those waves are really good fun.
Tomorrow we land in Saipan in the Marianas Islands. Apart from some seriously gruesome World War II stories, this area is most famous for the Marianas Trench which is the deepest water on the planet. If you dropped anything overboard, you’d never get it back from here because the water is 6 miles deep. I find that dimension staggering. That’s Richard and my journey to the bank from home which takes us about half an hour in traffic. To stand that distance on its head and float boats on the top just blows my mind. Amazing. I think I need dinner and a drink now just to recover!
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