Day 1 – 24th February 2013
No kinesis today despite the fact that it is a sea day as we should have been at Thursday Island and the Spa staff had been given the day off.
The day started well it was hot and balmy at twelve noon but then the rains came down.
We lunched with Vitor, the hotel director at The Patio Grill and chatted about our previous sailings with him and future ones to come.
The ship is running an Oscars competition where guests have to predict the winners of the twenty four categories – Vance and I have both entered…fingers crossed.
At 4pm Vance went off for a massage and at 4:30pm I went looking for Thursday Island. There were so many little islands out there it was impossible to tell which one was which…but I know it was out there somewhere!!
Dinner was at The Patio Grill then it was off to see the flamenco guitarist Matthew Fagan who was brilliant.
Clocks went back one hour again tonight as we are now heading due west towards Komodo Island.
Techie bits: On the 24th of February 7:30am we were:
12° south and 143° east
Travelling on a compass course 329°
Speed = 18.5 knots
Wind speed = 8 knots from north west
Air temperature = 27°c (81°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 12993
Depth = 23 metres
Sunrise = 6:27am Sunset = 6:51pm
Day 2 – 25th February 2013
Today we are cruising The Torres Strait, a body of water that lies between Australia and the island of New Guinea. The strait links The Coral Sea to the east with The Arafura Sea in the west. Although it is an important international sea lane it is very shallow and the maze of reefs and islands can make it hazardous to navigate. Drive carefully Captain!!
We woke up to thunder, lightning and rain – we have a storm. Brilliant, I love storms!!
We went to kinesis this morning but found it quite difficult as the ship was rolling and pitching but Craig said it’s good for the core muscles…yeh right!! but we survived a really hard workout.
The Internet is so slow this morning I guess everyone (me included) is using it rather than being up on deck. I managed to complete one day of the blog and spent an hour doing my online competitions…hope I win something…another cruise perhaps?
The Oscars are being screened live in The Grand Salon all day – guess that will entertain some people at least!! and we will get to know the results of the Seabourn Oscars competition…I just wish I could remember who I put down for each award…
Tonight was formal so we were down in the main dining room partaking of chef Thorsten’s special menu. We both had the lobster thermidor which was fabulous.
Earlier in the day Vance had asked if we could carry forward some of our remaining ship board credit (the amount remaining being mainly due to cancelled tours) to our next cruise but have just received the official answer…NO…a pity but I guess I will now have to go on a spending spree in the ship’s boutique and the Spa.
Techie bits: On the 25th of February 7:25am we were:
11° south and 138° east
Travelling on a compass course 268°
Speed = 18 knots
Wind speed = 25 knots from south
Air temperature = 24°c (75°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 13421
Depth = 48 metres
Sunrise = 5:51am Sunset = 6:12pm
Day 3 – 26th February 2013
Started our day with kinesis at 8am… we really enjoy it but for some reason it’s not getting any easier.
It was a hot and balmy start to the day, by 8:30am the temperature was up to 86f. While at breakfast we met the Captain who told us that there was storm coming in but he was intending to slow the ship down so that tonight’s epicurean event on deck could go ahead. So after breakfast being forewarned it was up to the pool for some early morning sun.
Lunch today was on The Colonnade with fabulous belly of port & crackling…with a salad of course – must watch those calories.
After lunch we grabbed two sun beds – half in & half out of the sun – so that we could have an afternoon siesta but tan our legs at the same time.
We went to our suite to change for the pool but when we got back up to the pool deck the heavens opened and there was a tremendous storm. This was about 2pm… so Captain I guess that mother nature is still in control.
When the storm broke there were people in the pool but they decided to stay as they were wet already. I rushed out to get pictures for the blog and I got soaked…that’s dedication for you!!
At 6:25pm the apparent wind speed was forty four knots (our speeds was 13.4kts and the head wind was 32kts) but it was still 81f…if you have to have a storm have a warm one.
Unfortunately the epicurean evening was cancelled, so after dinner in the main restaurant we popped into the show in The Grand Salon. The singer was Stephen Bayliss all the way from Preston, Lancashire in the UK who sang covers of songs by Tony Benett, Barry White and Michael Buble among others. I really enjoyed it until Stephen started singing an old Tom Jones number…but that’s a personal dislike…but I think most guests really enjoyed his smooth baritone voice and he received two standing ovations. Well done Stephen as this is a hard crowd to please!!
Clocks back one more hour tonight. I think we are now eight hours in front of UK time.
Techie bits: On the 26th of February 7:20am we were:
10° south and 130° east
Travelling on a compass course 269°
Speed = 18 knots
Wind speed = 6 knots from north west
Air temperature = 29°c (84°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 13843
Depth = 54 metres
Sunrise = 6:20am Sunset = 6:40pm
Day 4 – 27th February 2013
Today we entered the Savu Sea which is a small sea within Indonesia. The Savu Sea is about 3500 metres in depth and spans about 600 kilometres from west to east 200 kilometres from north to south.
Kinesis again this morning so that’s three days in a row…am I getting fit?…it doesn’t feel like it!!
Guess who won the Oscars competition???? me, me, me!! oh and Vance and Paul, one of our other British friends, also came first. We all had eighteen points out of a possible twenty four but amazingly we all had different answers for the ones we got wrong.
Handre arranged a photo call in The Club where Seabourn were holding an afternoon tea dance. I received a fabulous pair of pearl earrings kindly donated by Wayne Revely from The Australian Opal Cutters and we all received a bag of Seabourn goodies and a Spa Massage donated by Vincent the Spa manager.
At 5:30pm I popped up to the Spa for a manicure – yes I’ve grown my nails yet again…it only seems to happen on these cruises. Note to self…I must cruise more often!!
Then it was dinner in the main restaurant, show time with the Seabourn singers before we all retired to The Club for the late night Open Mike (or mic?!?) event.
The listing in the daily Seabourn Herald said “if someone has something to funny to share they are more than welcome to take to the mic in this fun late night activity but please note if you are easily offended we recommend that you don’t attend”
John Daniel, the resident pianist from The Observation Bar, opened the evening with a fantastic play on words of ‘My Way’. Handre then told a few jokes before handing over to the guests.
Bob opened for the guests by playing the piano and telling a few good jokes…then Vance told a joke that lowered the tone and opened the flood gates. What a fantastic evening…a great success. Thanks Handre as we know that it’s not really your thing but you were great and everybody really enjoyed the evening.
Techie bits: On the 27th of February 7:30am we were:
11° south and 124° east
Travelling on a compass course 290°
Speed = 14 knots
Wind speed = 22 knots from north west
Air temperature = 29°c (84°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 14204
Depth = 1410 metres
Sunrise = 5:44am Sunset = 6:03pm