Friday, 19 February 2016
19.02.2016 - 19.02.2016
The wind across the deck was still very strong when I went out on Deck 14. The swell has moderated and overnight calmed down to that gentle rocking that puts you to sleep. There were a surprising number of people up and about by 08:00. I should have realised that with almost half the passengers being seasoned sailors, these conditions were no challenge. There are 748 Elite Status passengers, Elite Status indicates 150 or more days on a Princess ship so that's a lot of sea miles under their belts.
My photographic attempts failed to capture anything of note. Looking back on some sunrises I've captured over the years, they were mainly taken on the beach in Moruya, nothing I've seen since comes close. Looks like I'll have to find another favourite subject as we settle into life in Canberra.
The morning schedule has been changed with Lyn's talk moved to 13:00 so I was at a loose end until after lunch. Lynn's topic today focused the Scott's Tongue and the Irish Brogue and how both languages have almost become extinct. She also traced the migration of these Celtic people to all parts of the British Empire often as soldiers of the crown.
I stayed in the Theatre for the 14:15 Movie of the Day, dusted off from the archives a B&W "Grand Hotel" with Greta Garbo and John Barrymore. It was an unlikely melodrama with each character larger than life and some scenes that must have seemed risqué at the time. It neatly filled in a couple of hours before dinner. Jen and I both chose the same main course and were very happy with the meal. It was "Italian Night" and all the waiter dressed in striped tee shirts and a menu that reflected the theme.
Off to the Theatre for tonight's entertainment in the form of multi-instrumentalist Andy Joy. His upbeat performance managed to involve most of the audience, a rare achievement. His segment honouring the late Peter Allen was excellent, in my opinion better than the original.
Clocks go forward another hour overnight and the captain has forecast a continuation of current conditions. I'll have no trouble getting to sleep.
Over the past few days I've posted some collages of the ship's interiors taken before anyone else was up and about. To show that life exists on board I took some shots of a few popular meeting places with people in them. I've stuck together a simple collage, 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