Monday 18th February 2013
At sea today, it’s 8am and…it’s raining so off to kinesis for another Craig torture session.
9am…it’s still raining…10am…and it’s still raining…11am and the sun’s finally out so we went up on deck for a coffee.
I left Vance taking some sun and popped back to our suite to catch up on my emails. Just made it back to poolside for our twelve noon beers with Irene, Alan & Vance.
Just after twelve Sarah joined us and we all stayed at The Patio Grill for lunch, a few glasses of Pinot Grigio and a lot of laughs…mostly due to Bob who kept walking by and telling us really funny jokes – or was it the wine? – no they definitely were funny. We really need another ‘Open Mike’ night like last year as there are so many natural comedians on board…hope you are reading this Handre!!
Before we knew it…it was 3pm…we had been there for three hours so it was down to the suite for a quick (two hour!!) snooze…where does the time go on this cruise?
Weather is still ‘gringly’ – a Bristol word for horrible – and the ship is rocking and rolling like a bucking bronco again as we are travelling at sixteen knot into a headwind of thirty knots…and yes it’s raining again.
Although tipping is not expected on Seabourn ships today we gave a donation to the staff welfare fund as a token of our appreciation of how well the staff and crew look after us. Donations to this fund sponsor many activities both aboard and on shore for all the sailing crew. This can include crew barbeques and purchases of items like board games, mountain bikes and other items to enrich their lifestyle on board…our thanks to ALL the Seabourn crew.
Clocks go back one hour tonight. I’ve lost track of what time it is in the UK but I think we are now 10 hours ahead.
Techie bits: On the 18th of February 7:30am we were:
31° south and 153° east
Travelling on a compass course 14°
Speed = 16 knots
Wind speed = 2 knots from south east
Air temperature = 21°c (70°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 11594
Depth = 88 metres
Sunrise = 6:28am Sunset = 7:33pm
Tuesday 19th February 2013
Oh what a night!! (as the song goes)…I hardly slept even here midships on deck five as the ship was rolling us around all night (but Vance slept like a baby…as usual) – heaven knows what it must have been like on the higher decks or in the forward suites…and the poor crew!!
So the day went like this – kinesis, breakfast, coffee, noon beers, British lunch at The Colonnade (I had steak & ale pie with chips…naughty but nice), then a snooze…zzzzz
Oh yes at 10am I rang my sister who is on holiday in Mexico to wish her a happy birthday. It was 6pm on the 18th of February there – seems strange to wish someone a happy birthday the day after – of course it was the correct day for her though.
The sun came out late in the afternoon so after my snooze it was up to the pool for a swim and Bacardi & cokes.
Formal tonight so we ate in the main dining room where I chose Moroccan chickpea soup followed by vegetable korma while Vance had a starter portion of the korma then the slow braised lamb shank – of course accompanied by a very nice Chablis then a Douro, a rich red wine from Portugal. Needless to say we finished off with a cheese plate and a glass of port.
After that we took an early night as we want to have a whole day ashore tomorrow at Hamilton Island…zzzzz
Techie bits: On the 19th of February 7am we were:
24° south and 153° east
Travelling on a compass course 319°
Speed = 14 knots
Wind speed = 30 knots from south
Air temperature = 24°c (75°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 12001
Depth = 120 metres
Sunrise = 5:35am Sunset = 6:24pm