Friday, 12 September 2014
12.09.2014 - 12.09.2014
A bit of a miserable morning with a moist mist shrouding the horizon. About 45 minutes before sunrise we passed within sight of some of the North Atlantic oil platforms. They look quite spectacular all lit up.
Met up with Jenny for breakfast and afterwards planned our day. Decided on a lecture by Susan Dolan on the topic of "The Internet, Google & How It All Began". It soon became obvious that she was more a 'spin doctor' rather than an IT Professional. I stuck it out for about 20 minutes and decide to find something else to do.
Found Jenny in the Princess Live Studio and stayed there for the recording of tomorrow's Wake Show. The Wake Show is a daily program that runs for about 30 minutes and provides some pointers to the events of the day. The presenters are the Cruise Director and her Deputy. On these 'Sea Days' they invite a live audience to add some life to what can at other times be a bit of a boring dialogue.
Headed off to the Princess Theatre to attend the Port Lecture for Reykjavik. If nothing else Loie Lennon has some interesting images of the destination.
Up to Deck 16 for lunch and I returned to the Theatre to check out Alan Schreider who will be presenting a series of lectures on investing, the bond market and wealth creation. From what I heard it is all based on the US Market and way too late for me to get involved.
Took some photos of Deck 7 and the Atrium which was being used to teach some form of ballroom dancing. The various lounges that ring the three levels of the Atrium were well patronised by people relaxing and indulging in private entertainment. It is difficult to tell what the many tablets and like devices are being used for. Reading books, playing games, crossword puzzles and browsing the Internet to name a few. I'm convinced some of them were nodding off.
Filled in the afternoon reading and then prepared for the formal night. All the fiddly buttons, hooks and other bits that make up the complete outfit takes almost an hour to get right. I think we both looked pretty good for a couple of oldies.
Enjoyed a lovely dinner again and afterwards walked down the corridor on Deck 11. Each corridor has a set of mounted photographs of places and people from around the world. We only saw the Port side between the Aft and Forward stair-wells. We're going to try visiting the other decks and do both sides. The photos are inspirational.
The ship has sailed into a thick fog as I write this and the ship's main horn has sounded a number of times. With the wide-screen Samsung TV tuned to the Bridge Web Cam we experience a virtual window to the outside.
Tomorrow is the second of two sea days on our way to Reykjavik, Iceland.
There's an image of Crooners, Deck 7, Port Side, Midship at http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-09-12
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony