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Cruise Day Forty - 25th Day @ Sea

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The rough weather continues with wind speed across the deck exceeding 30 knots. Today's weather is forecast to continue for the next 48 to 72 hours. The swimming pools have been emptied and the upper decks closed to passengers. All deck furniture has been roped together and secured to the bulkheads. The sick bags are once again deployed in the stairwells and the public areas are less crowded than normal.

Very few up in the Horizon Court as we enjoyed what has become a routine breakfast. Filled in some time in the International Café while the braver passengers got up to see what was causing the bumps and thumps. The morning schedule was pretty much a repeat of yesterday. Here's what's on offer for this afternoon :
12:00 Slot Tournament in the Casino
12:15 Cricket Open Play on the Sports Court (weather permitting)
13:00 Movie of the Day in the Princess Theatre
13:00 Guitar Melodies in the Atrium
13:30 Ballroom Dance Class in the Vista Lounge
14:00 Burn Fat Faster in the Aerobics Studio
14:00 Texas Hold'Em in the Casino
14:00 Arts and Crafts in the Dining Room
14:15 Ukulele Class in the Shooting Stars night club
14:30 Line Dancing Class in the Vista Lounge
14:30 Paddle Tennis Open Play on the Sports Court (weather permitting)
15:00 Carpet Bowls in the Casino (interesting ?!!)
15:00 Ukulele Class in the Shooting Stars night club
15:00 Happy Hour Drinks in the Wheelhouse Bar
15:30 Jackpot Bingo in the Vista Lounge
15:30 Red Hatters Get-Together in the Dining Room
16:00 Friends of Dr Bob and Bill W in the Shooting Stars night club
16:00 New Vogue Dancers in the Wheelhouse Bar
16:15 Afternoon Trivia in the Vista Lounge
16:15 Water Volleyball in the Pool (not likely !!)
16:30 LGBT Get-Together at the Sundowners Bar
16:30 Evening Grooves on the Pool Deck (weather permitting)

The remaining activities are grouped under the heading "Enchanting Evening" - may be tomorrow. Most of the activities are of 45 to 60 minute duration. Most are hosted by the Cruise Director's staff while others are unhosted and rely on the participants to sort out what they want to do. In my limited experience they fall rather flat.

Out of that extensive list we attended the Movie of the Day, "Kramer vs Kramer" with Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. A movie we think we've seen but have only vague memories of. I thought the little boy almost stole the show. Once again a few wet tissues in the audience.

After the movie we returned to the cabin and I spent an hour or so typing up this blog. Dinner tonight in the dining room was excellent and Jenny particularly enjoyed the peanut butter ice cream. Tonight's entertainment is expected to attract a sell-out audience and the ship has decided to simulcast the show from the Theatre into the Vista Lounge. Their expectations were fully met, we made the decision to watch the show in the less crowded Vista Lounge. The artist tonight is one of the very best to have visited the ship. We were royally entertained by the sensational violin of Patrick Roberts, an incredible artist.

We continue to rock and roll our way across this stirred up ocean. The cyclone heads to the NorthWest and we run in the opposite direction to put as much space between us as possible.

For today I've created a simple collage of some images of the Horizon Court buffet, if you have time you can view it by following this link to the image for Today

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 08:20 Archived in Australia

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We've just had the Rockabilly Festival here in Ballarat but it sounds like you are out rocking it on the cruise. Hang on tight if it gets any rougher.
We have had to cancel our planned cruise to Indonesia as the Insurance companies won't cover my pre existing medical stuff. We are still going to do the Northern Explorer cruise. I am rather disappointed but can't afford to take the risk.
Love to you both

by littlesis44

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