Thursday, 18 February 2016
18.02.2016 - 18.02.2016
Last night was the roughest 12 hours we've spent on a ship. We've had short spells of rougher seas but not this severity for so long. We've been sailing East SouthEast for three days now and appear to have kept the maximum distance between us and the cyclone. Reports from the bridge have kept us aware of where it is relative to us. Although we ware over 500 nautical miles from the centre of the storm we are still experiencing the effects with 40 knot winds buffeting the ship.
Any walking on the open decks was out of the question. Even walking inside with handrails was a bit of a challenge. I managed to capture a short video clip showing the stern of the ship pitch through almost 30°, there wasn't anything worth while to take images of. There was also a problem holding the camera steady. Did the usual breakfast routine, just a bit later than usual.
I attended Lyn's talk in the Theatre, I'm pretty sure it was interesting but don't honestly know. I suspect I dropped off, hopefully without snoring, and woke up when she played her exit music. Visited the Horizon Court for lunch where I've been restricting my intake - a bit. I have a bowl of Asian soup consisting of noodles, some protein (prawns today), cabbage, slices of fish and a hot tasty broth. I then add a little seaweed and some sesame oil. It probably is no healthier than any of the other offerings but at least I can predict the meal size.
We're not watching the Movie of the Day as we've already seen it recently. Instead we found an action movie on the in-room TV. The November Man had enough action and suspense to keep me awake.
The passenger accessible decks on the ship have names. Don't know how they are derived but they are constant across all the ships in the fleet. Starting at the top :
Deck 15 - Sun - the Sanctuary, Topsiders Bar and the Sports Court
Deck 14 - Lido - Horizon Court, Terrace Grill and Sundowners Bar
Deck 12 - Riviera - some accommodation, Riviera Bar, the Pool, Fitness Centre and Spa facilities.
Deck 11 - Aloha - all accommodation
Deck 10 - Baja - all accommodation
Deck 9 - Caribe - all accommodation
Deck 8 - Dolphin - some accommodation, the Casino and the Pizzeria the Lifeboats and Tenders are stored externally.
Deck 7 - Promenade - Walking Deck, Theatre, Wheelhouse Bar, Crooners Bar, Shooting Stars, Vista Lounge, Art Gallery, Internet Cafe, Library, Kai Sushi and Photo Gallery
Deck 6 - Emerald - some accommodation, shops and Regency Dining Room
Deck 5 - Plaza - some accommodation, International Café, Guest Services, Atrium and Marquis Dining Room
Deck 4 - Fiesta - Medical Centre and Tender Embarkation.
The latest ships, Royal, Regal and Majestic have decks numbered to 19, the lower decks 4 to 12 have the same names, after that they've had to be a bit more creative and Lido has moved up to 16.
Off to the Dining Room where I tried the Pork Belly dish again. It is really very tasty but varies significantly from day to day. Tonight there was a good amount of meat and little fat.
Tonight's entertainment is the 'Ye Olde Pub Night' in the Vista Lounge with a simulcast in the Theatre. Jenny has an invitation to an event in the jewelry store, with a chance to win a gift. You have to be there to win. So we went along after dinner, there were two names called who were not present and missed out. The third name wasn't Jenny's though. The Vista Lounge was packed by the time we got there so we watched the show via simulcast in the Theatre. The show was great and although we missed out on all the participation, the camera gave us a better view of the action then if we'd been present.
Clocks go forward another hour tonight, with a few more to go. Just noticed the ship has turned to port and we're on an Easterly course to take us to Fremantle.
For today I've created a simple collage of some images of the Atrium viewed from Deck 5, 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