Monday, 15 September 2014
15.09.2014 - 15.09.2014
The ship demonstrated that she does get effected by the weather although the effect was minimal it made for a lovely rocking motion during the night. I had to cut short my outdoor morning walk as I was twice almost blown off my feet in a single circuit of Deck 18. As an alternative I walked the length of the corridors on other decks. The longest in the diagrams is Deck 8, I counted over 330 paces one way.
Met Jenny in the Horizon Court for breakfast and watched the ship's wake stir up the waves. Went back to the cabin and collected our passports for a 'face to face' Inspection by UK Immigration Inspectors. We expected a daunting queue but with about 10 officers we were through in no time at all. The whole process was scheduled to take all day but was completed by lunch time - 3500 people processed in just over four hours.
Spent most of the morning reading our Kindles and wandering through the bargains in the shops. I found a heavy duty jacket at a marked down price and was compelled to buy it. With the additional 10% discount for Elite members it came to less than $50. Yes, I needed that jacket - NOT !! It may well be handy on our Alaska Cruise in 2015 :-)
Attended the Destination Lecture for the port of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Looks like there's plenty of interesting places. As the day progressed the seas became calmer and the ship returned to an almost stable state. The stability in the strong winds is most impressive. After lunch we went to the Theatre and realised we'd already seen the movie on the flight from Sydney to Copenhagen.
Jenny returned to the cabin and I took the camera for a walk to the Allegro Dining Room and captured some images. Located on Deck 6 Aft the Allegro Dining room provides traditional fixed seating dining at 18:00 (early seating) and 20:30 (late seating). Traditional dining is very popular with the more mature passengers and is regularly fully booked months in advance of the sailing date.
Great choices for dinner again, each and every dish sounds worth trying. It is very difficult to decide when faced with six or seven equally attractive alternatives. Finally I go with what sounds the most exotic. Tonight it was a seafood hotpot topped with puff pastry, hot, hearty and delicious. Off to the Theatre to listen to Nik Page a well regarded vocalist from London's West End. Some gave him a standing ovation, others didn't bother to applaud. I was caught somewhere in the middle.
The laundry service has been a bit overwhelmed and I'm out of clean underwear. Our ever obliging cabin steward has made a special trip to find one batch of the four in progress. Will have to pack some extra undies on the next trip or go back to washing our own. Choices, choices, choices ?!?!
Tomorrow we continue with another sea day heading for Scotland. A 23 hour day today as the clocks go forward an hour tonight.
There's a collage of some of the decorations in the Allegro Dinning Room at http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-09-15
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony