Monday, 18 January 2016
18.01.2016 - 18.01.2016
Arrived on Deck 14 to find that we were sailing in an envelope of grey. Despite this less than promising start, the sun put in a belated appearance and I managed to capture a slice of colour. Grabbed a quick breakfast and rejoined Jenny in the cabin. She's ordered a Room Service breakfast and was quite anxious at what she thought was a late delivery, turns out her watch was out by an hour.
Jenny reported to the Medical Centre at 10:00 and passed the health check, she's officially released from confinement. She still has a lingering cough but some cough mixture should take care of that.
Lyn Hurry talked about the further four Ages Of Man and shared her passion of poetry claiming that "if you can write good poetry you can write anything". While we were in the Theatre there was an announcement from the Front Desk which we heard but didn't understand. I suspected it was to do with the processing through Indian Immigration.
Our scheduled time was 13:30 and although it was only 11:30 we took a chance that we'd be allowed through. No queue so no questions asked. A Princess staff member checked that we had the requisite items of documentation. In front of two officials we handed over our passport with entry visa, the Indian Arrival card and the Shore Pass. Each document was duly stamped with two official stamps, the Shore Pass and the Passport returned to us. Next the passport was collected by Princess staff and a receipt issued. Another Indian Official to check that the Shore Pass had been correctly authorised and again stamped it. Finally our Cruise Card was scanned to record that we had been processed. It all proceeded quite smoothly and were through in less that 5 minutes.
Took Jenny up to Deck 14 and out onto the deck, her first taste of open air and view of the sea for the past two days. Had our lunch in the Horizon Court and returned to the cabin with the intention of taking in the Movie of the Day. Jenny decided she would rather take a nap so I went to the Theatre and sat through "An American in Paris" with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. It is no doubt a classic, great music, amazing dance routines, wonderful costumes and elaborate sets but it bored me to sleep. Amazing to think that people paid good money to see it in its heyday.
Back to the cabin to scribble these notes and prepare for the evening. I would like to see if there's a visible sunset and snatch a bite at the Horizon before heading off to the show.
As with plans generally, things have a habit of happening despite them. We didn't have the bite before the show. The Theatre was filling fast at least 45 minutes before the phenomenal Maggie Scott had us roaring with laughter. She cracks joke, she sings with volume and passion and displayed an unexpected dexterity on the keyboard. An amazing entertainer who richly deserved the standing ovation at the end of the show.
We finally made it to the Horizon Court for a belated meal. The food was less than spectacular and a few of the things I tried were disappointing. At least the soup was hot and tasty.
Chennai, India tomorrow, our first visit to India and looking forward to the experience. I've uploaded the best of this morning's sunrise images, 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