Monday, 25 January 2016
25.01.2016 - 25.01.2016
We appear to be sailing away from the hazy weather we've experienced since Singapore. The sky was clearer this morning while I roamed Deck 14. The sunrise was not a class worthy of posting. On my way up from Deck 5 to Deck 14 I captured a few images of the atrium which occupies a space from Deck 5 to Deck 8 Midship. Looks quite opulent at 05:30 before there are people to clutter up the space.
Joined Jenny in the Horizon Court just before 07:00 for what's become a routine breakfast after which we readied the cabin for Romulo, our cabin steward, to wave his magic wand and make it look good again. Spent some time in part of the Casino where there were three large screen TV screens showing the Australian Open from Melbourne. Jenny watched the tennis and read my Kindle.
With about an hour to go to the Lyn Hurry talk we wandered forward to the Theatre and joined a regular group of early-birds who sit quietly reading hard-copy and electronic books. The Theatre provides a quieter space than the bars and lounges where there are inevitably people talking in raised voices. One group starts and before long others try to talk over the top of them.
Lyn talked about many of the aspects of the famous Mutiny on the Bounty including some of the mysteries and unexplained events that occurred at that time. Up to the Horizon Court for lunch and to hear the Captain's 12:00 announcement. It appears we crossed the Equator back into the Southern Hemisphere at 09:00 this morning, didn't feel the bump or notice the line 8-)
After lunch Tony returned to the Theatre to watch the movie Mad Max - Fury Road. It is the only film in this series I've seen and it leaves me confused and somewhat bewildered. There's a hint of a story line but it is not much more than collection of improbable machines and bizarre characters performing unlikely feats. Jenny chose the better option and went to the Vista Lounge for the Passenger's Talent Show.
Dinner in the dining room, the lamb shank was delicious. Arrived at the Theatre well ahead of time. Because the early and late show were scheduled one after the other there were people queued up halfway back to the stairwell. The congestion became worse when the early show crowd tried to exit into the face of the late show attendees. Decided that a repeat performance of Jacques Renay was not worth the hassle.
Returned to the cabin and filled out the forms for Mozambique Visa, it will cost US$25 each but we're unlikely to ever return here. There has also been a change to the shuttle service for Maputo. We are now scheduled as Group A into town at about 08:30, back to the ship at 12:15.
Great Australia Day Celebrations planned for tomorrow. Face Painting, Pie Eating Contest, Thong Trowing Competition and an Aussie Day BBQ. Bloody disgusting!! I think it is insulting that this is the level of entertainment considered appropriate.
I've created a collage of the Atrium area, 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