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At Sea - Bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia

Wednesday, 24 September 2014


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The sea has calmed but the wind is still very strong and when combined with the 18 knots of the ship's speed made it impossible to walk around Deck 18 this morning. As an alternative I walked some of the accommodation decks and admired the many printed photographs that decorate the walls of the corridors.

There are a total of seven passenger accommodation decks, I walked the port and starboard corridors of four of them. I counted over 150 photographs on each deck. If the numbers extrapolate there would be over 1000 images all up. Each image is an amazing view of an animal, people, buildings, ruins, landscape or amazing sunrises and sunsets. Unfortunately there is no location information, sometimes the name of the photographer and always the name of a ship that sailed to that location at some time.

Having worked out that statistic it occurred to me that there were other numbers that might interest readers.

Ship sizes are expressed in tons but I'm uncertain what that represents. Is it the cubic capacity? The displacement weight?? Some other calculation ??? one day I'll find someone to explain it. Anyway for this ship it is 141,000. The length is 1,083 feet or about 300 meters, height is 217 feet or about 70 meters.

There are 1780 guest cabins, at dual occupancy that is 3560 people. Some staterooms have upper bunks and some of the suites have extra beds. These add an additional 780 passengers resulting in a massive total of 4340 passengers- that would be an unlikely but theoretically possible number.

I don't know the number of crew that are aboard to look after all of us but my guess is that it would be about 1500 so that the captain has responsibility for about 5000 lives and US$ 750 million worth of ship (build cost).

There has been some concern expressed that we haven't had the best of weather, we have no expectation of balmy temperatures or calm seas and sunny days. We would never have booked this cruise if that was a priority. Cruises in the Pacific, either side of the equator or the Caribbean Islands are the destinations for sun and warm days. So when I mention the weather it is more as an excuse for less than optimum conditions for my photography.

The winds dropped as we continued West to Nova Scotia and there was sunshine for most of the afternoon. Temperatures were still relatively cool on the open deck.

The ship arrived in Halifax at about 18:30 and we were secured by about 19:30. We joined thousands of passengers who went ashore and walked along the boardwalk along the waterfront. Some bars and restaurants were still open and the liquor store was doing a brisk trade. Some passengers buy wine ashore and are permitted to bring one bottle each aboard for consumption in their stateroom. The on-board dinning rooms don't permit BYO wine.

On returning to the terminal building I was amazed at the number of people who were gathered there each with a smart phone or a tablet. The Port Authority provides FREE WiFi !!

I haven't found much in the way of photo opportunities and I'm struggling to find a suitable image to post today. At the 11th hour I resorted to visiting Deck 17 Forward for an image of the 'Retreat' area see it at http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-09-24

Full day ashore in Halifax tomorrow.

Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 17:55 Archived in Canada

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I had gotten the idea from your blog that this was a good sized ship - but when I translate that into 3 football fields - yikes! That's one major operation. Glad you got to see some sun - understand what you meant by weather priorities, but I'm sure it would be nice to catch a pretty sunrise at sea. Enjoy your land day tomorrow.

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