Monday, 22 September 2014
22.09.2014 - 22.09.2014
Strong winds and a steep swell caused the ship's speed to be reduced during the night. According to the captain's report the swell was up to 5 meters with a combined wind speed of over 60 knots. We are on a Westerly course having sailed well South to avoid a storm centre to the North.
The sky was clear when I made it up to Deck 18 this morning. I didn't last very long, being almost blown off my feet a number of times. I retired to Deck 16 Aft to join a few other sun worshippers to await the sunrise. I was happy to snap some shots and tried to introduce some interest with some silhouettes of my fellow sun worshippers. Didn't really come off as planned.
After breakfast with Jenny we retired to our preferred refuge in Club 6 on Deck 6. Jenny went off at 10:00 to look for bargains in the Market Stalls set up in the Symphony Dinning Room. I'm impressed by the degree of her restraint, just a $10 small bag. Just before 12:00 we picked up a light lunch from the International Café on Deck 5 and took it back to the cabin.
Went to the Theatre for the mid-day movie "American Hustle", we lasted about 25 minutes and gave up. Back to reading the Kindle and writing this blog. Always something to do.
An announcement from the bridge has warned us of worsening weather conditions, there's even a hint that we may not be able to enter our next port of St John's. There will be many disappointed passengers but there's nothing that can be done about the weather.
What a difference a few hours can make. We went off to dinner at 17:00 and then on to the show in the Theatre at 19:00. Before the show started the captain announced that St John's was closed due to deteriorating weather conditions and we would not be calling in there. The groan of disappointment in the Theatre was palpable but generally accepted as the captain promised to find an alternative port to visit but there are few options.
The 'show' by Illusionist David Cats defies description. He captivated us for the full 45 minutes in a seamless sequence of slight of hand card 'tricks', digital illusions and elaborate props mixed with witty humour, light and sound effects. It is without doubt the most impressive live 'show' I have ever experienced.
Back in the cabin and the ship's change of direction is already showing on the tracking screen we are heading South West at a reduced speed. With another 30 minutes change in time zones we decided to venture out for a late show in Princess Live !! It was a crazy melodrama where we were expected to deduce who killed the victim, how and why. It topped off an interesting evening and we've no idea where we'll be tomorrow.
So we're in for an unexpected sea day and an undetermined destination.
There's an image of today's sunrise at http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-09-22
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony