Tuesday, 23 September 2014
23.09.2014 - 23.09.2014
Reflecting on the impact of the change of plans caused by the weather. There's the impact on the passengers, the impact on the ship and the crew and the impact on the port.
The impact on the passengers will vary from relief that they've been saved from possible danger, to acceptance that there's nothing that could be done, to profound disappointment and even irrational anger and blaming the captain, the company and everyone associated. It will be interesting to eavesdrop on the various discussions tomorrow.
The impact on the ship and crew is that all the scheduled activities, duty assignments and possible shore time will need to be rescheduled. The daily 'newsletter', the Patter will need to be recreated and reprinted once the new schedules are determined. Lots of work for many hardworking staff from the cruise director, to the print shop and the cabin stewards to make the delivery to close on 2000 cabins. There will be lots of work for the shore excursion staff answering questions and refunding fees. There will no doubt be a negative impact on the cruise line's reputation especially from first-time cruisers who are not familiar with the details of the contract.
The impact on St John's, Newfoundland will also be significant, the many tour coaches that will not be required, tour guides that will have no tours to guide and shopkeepers who will not have the expected horde of tourists spending money. The PR opportunity to welcome the largest ship to ever visit the city - the Captain was to have been made an honorary admiral !! There are no doubt other consequential effects that I can't imagine.
This morning the North Atlantic lived up to its reputation. Wild seas, powerful winds and rain forced me to abandon my planned walk on the open deck. The wind gusts were like a slap in the face but regardless the sun lounges were being set out on the decks, I can't imagine anyone using them today.
From rain, rough seas and near hurricane winds through periods of fog to interment sunshine. The sea remains rough and the winds very strong. As a member of the crew said "All part of the total experience". There's no obvious sign of people being sea-sick.
The latest information is that we're sailing directly to Halifax and we will have almost 24 hours in port. We're due to arrive about 19:00 on Wednesday and will sail again about 17:30 on Thursday.
Attended a most informative lecture by the Cruise Director providing an insight to life on board for a member of the crew. After a 45 minute talk she stayed around and answered question for another 30 minutes, best of these types of talks I've attended. So many great things about this ship, the facilities and the crew. Whilst totally different to the 'small ship' experience I can't find anything to be critical about on this cruise.
We've spent quite a bit of time in the public areas but I've heard very few negative remarks from anyone. I haven't found much in the way of photo opportunities and I'm struggling to find a suitable image to post today. There's a collage of the Vista Lounge on Deck 7 Aft. at http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-09-23
Clocks go back another 30 minutes overnight.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony