Saturday, 13 September 2014
13.09.2014 - 13.09.2014
The calm seas continue and last night's fog has dissipated. We've sailed across the North of Scotland and the temperature is quite cool and there's a solid overcast. Sunrise was due at 06:57 but there was no sign of it. There were a few other hardy souls pounding the walking track but we were outnumbered by the deckhands swabbing the decks. Every morning they mop and wipe every external horizontal surface. At about the same time the dozens of 'pool attendants' set out the hundreds of sun lounges. Each precisely positioned and meticulously lined up, then at about midnight they are all stacked up and lashed down. Overnight the decks are washed down and before daybreak the whole process starts again. They do this every day for nine months without a break. So much for the 'romance' of working on a cruise ship.
We sat for a while in Crooners on Deck 7 reading and watching the small waves developing out to sea. The overcast had reduced to scattered clouds which is a positive indication that tomorrow could be a great day. At 10:30 I went back to the Princess Live! TV Studio to watch the recording of the Wake Show again. It is interesting to see the workings of a TV Studio even though it is only a miniature version. Went on to the Theatre to attend the Port Lecture for the visit to Greenock, the port for Glasgow.
Lunch today featured seafood and sushi, two of my favourite food types. It took a lot of restraint to limit my portions. Green-lipped New Zealand mussels, peeled prawns and smoked salmon in abundance. Delicious !! Great excitement in the Horizon Court with the sighting of some whale spouts to starboard. Someone even claimed to have have seen tail flukes.
After that excellent lunch I attended a lecture by Alan Schreiber again, today's topic was the Sub-Prime Debacle. He provided an understandable insight to what cause the meltdown and the ramifications. He made mention of the fact that the banks in Australia were far better regulated and didn't delve into these Sub-Prime mortgages.
Back to the cabin and watched a movie on the TV. The ship has developed some motion at last, we were beginning to wonder if she ever rocked at all. She's a very big ship and appears to handle the sea conditions very well. I'm told the crossing from Ireland to Canada will be the true test though.
There was an interesting item on the dinner menu, 'Frogs Legs', yes I HAD to try them. It certainly wasn't a big meal and there were these tiny bones and not a lot of meat.
Attended the final Al Katz show tonight, for the first time he didn't mention Mississippi but he did tell a story about a masked young man in South Carolina who held up the local liquor store. On his way out he demanded a bottle of bourbon. The storekeeper said he couldn't serve him without proof of age. So our 'hero' pulled out his driver's license !!!
Clocks go back another hour tonight giving us another 25 hour day, my body-clock it becoming confused. Tomorrow we're in Reykjavik, Iceland.
There's an image of Princess Live! Studio, Deck 7, Midship at http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-09-13
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony