Monday, 22 February 2016
22.02.2016 - 22.02.2016
A calm sea and slight swell made it quite comfortable to walk some laps on Deck 14. The temperature was down a few degrees from yesterday and the wind across the deck was not much more than that caused by the speed of the ship. Heavy clouds on the horizon blocked any sight of the rising sun.
The morning routine was not varied significantly and I wound up in the Theatre for Lynn's final talk. Today's subject being the etiquette and suggested format for a "Toast", the most obvious rule being to make it appropriate for the occasion and not to stray into another direction. She correctly suggested that we'd all suffered long winded boring speeches.
A final lunch in the Horizon Court and farewells to staff member we'd grown accustomed to. Next item on the agenda was the final performance of the Sun Princess Pop Choir in the Vista Lounge. Somewhere between 70 and 80 passengers have been learning songs and rehearing for this one off performance. The lounge was a perfect setting and the event attracted a full house. The choir received well deserved enthusiastic ovations. Despite less than optimum conditions I managed to capture some shots.
Back to the cabin to start the dreaded task of packing for our departure tomorrow. Deciding what to keep or throw out in the way of maps, brochures and information leaflets is always a challenge and paper weighs so much. By the time we were ready for dinner we had completed the task and had changed into the clothes we'll wear until we reach home.
Enjoyed our dinner again and bid a bittersweet farewell to Conrad, Rene and the Head Waiter who has often stopped for a quick chat. After dinner headed for the Theatre for tonight's entertainment. Missing from some previous cruises we're looking forward to the Crew Show. With at least 30 minutes to show time the Theatre was packed. To keep us amused the staff handed out balloons and in no time there were dozens being punched back and forth. Amazing how much fun can be derived from a $1.50 packet of balloons.
Overall the show was fantastic, we started with the carpenter why sang a brilliant song, next was a technician from the engine room with another beautifully presented song. A Hawaiian lady danced to a hilariously funny sound track and a little waitress made an excellent fist of Whitney Houston's "I will always love you". This was followed by a cook who performed a Michael Jackson number complete with all the dance moves. Finally, the Cruise Director's staff staged that old chestnut "If I was not upon the sea" which left the audience in gales of laughter. One of the better shows for the whole cruise.
Returned to the cabin to post this last entry on an Internet connection that is under pressure from the many users using up their last free minutes or contacting family and friends or confirming travel arrangement. If I don't get it posted today, I'll upload it when I get home. This is our last night at sea as we dock in Fremantle in the morning.
For this last day I've created a simple collage of the Pop Choir performance in the Vista Lounge, 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