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Published: March 8th 2014
This morning we woke up to the sound of the ship’s horn booming about 6:20. We’re not sure why they did that, but it was a very effective alarm clock. It did follow a good night’s sleep though, so we declare ourselves fully adjusted to the time zone changes.
We rested a little longer and then got up for a fresh day at sea. We went to the Regency Dining Room for their sit-down breakfast, instead of the buffet we will probably have during most of our days in port. Janet had found out on the last day of our Baltic cruise that she could have ordered Eggs Benedict any day in the dining room and she didn’t have to wait for it to appear as the “special” on the morning menu. It turns out to be today’s special anyway, but she was very happy to have it. David had pancakes, eggs, and bacon (something like a Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast). We also ordered juice. When they brought David’s tomato juice, the server tripped and spilled it all down the back of the lady sitting next to him – very chilling to her!
while sailing under a sunny day
Janet went to a session of the Knitters and Natters. This is a group of about a dozen needle workers who pull out their stitching and chat about whatever comes to mind. They have done this on the last several cruises, and it lets her make some progress on her current project. Meanwhile David went to a presentation on a couple of our up-coming cruise ports. Unfortunately the leader was not a very dynamic speaker and the pictures were a little blurry when enlarged enough to project on the screen.
At 11:30 there was a “book club” meeting. This was when they passed out copies of a novel to everyone (including Janet). The group will have the whole trip to read the book and then will gather and discuss the novel on the last day of the cruise. This is a lot like her monthly mystery book club at home, but it will give her one more book to relax and read during the next couple of weeks.
Then we went up to the Horizon Court buffet for lunch. There is always a wide variety of choices and we did a good job of
finding plenty to enjoy. After lunch David went back to the second presentation on our ports of call, but he fell asleep during the session and came back to the cabin to finish his nap. Rough Life!
David had been able to muddle along on the internet last night to send the blog, but it was a little hit-and-miss to get all the connections accomplished. So we stopped at the Internet Café for some help. The manager said to bring our laptop and he helped streamline the process, so now it is much easier. We also learned how to send “internet postcards”, so maybe we will start sending a few of those too.
At 3:30 we went to the Regency Room and had High Tea. Janet was really happy to get some hot tea since she usually drinks a whole pot by noon and hadn’t had any since breakfast today. They also served scones and jelly & clotted cream, finger sandwiches, cakes and cookies. David enjoyed the food but he isn’t a tea drinker, so on future days he may not go with her.
We have been holding off a few
days before starting to brag about how great the weather has been since we arrived. Just saying that will probably change things for us, but the weather has been very pleasant. Everything was green and flowering in Sydney, the temperatures have been in the hish 70s, and most of the time it was sunny. While cruising today the low was 72 and the high was 75, with fairly gentle seas and slight wind (except for the 19 knots speed of the ship). We wanted to allow a few days for the snow and ice to hopefully melt at home before we started telling you about the great weather here. OK, the period for being nice is over – it’s great here!
This evening at dinner there again were just the 6 of us at the table for 10. We both had the shrimp cocktail as appetizers. David had the bean soup and Janet had a citrus lemon tea smoothie. For her entrée, Janet had roast chicken and David had the Japanese style Pork Cutlet. Janet had mocha ice cream with chocolate syrup and David had the Bourbon chocolate tart. Everything was good, but the Japanese style cutlet
Musicians in Grand Piazza
entertaining before dinner
came with some strange side dishes.
Tonight the Movie-under-the Stars was Gravity. We went up right after dinner and saw the first 2/3 of the movie. Then something broke and they never got the film restarted. So we don’t know how it ends – at least not until we watch it on the stateroom TV sometime tomorrow afternoon.
There is a late show in the Princess Theater which David now that there’s been a premature ending of the movie. This is an instrumentalist named Joey Fimmano, who is supposed to be renown in Australia as an award winning entertainer. Hopefully this will work out at least.
We lose another hour from the clock again tonight, but they we will be on the same time as all of New Zealand.
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