Tuesday, 18 March 2014
18.03.2014 - 18.03.2014
Managed to capture a view of the sunrise this morning from the top deck of the ship. The sea was calm and there were no clouds to speak of so it is quite a simple image. Joined Jenny for some breakfast and returned to the cabin for a quick shower and a change of clothes. Found the Future Cruises Desk and booked the first part of our planned September 2015 Alaska Land and Sea Tour/Cruise. We hope to link that with a re-positioning cruise through the Panama Canal to Ft Lauderdale.
Attended the Port Lecture in the Cabaret Lounge where Deb presented the highlights of Brisbane. She was followed some time later by Lesa Moore who presented a well argued lecture on the causes of Global Warming. She pointed out that the Northern Polar region was warming faster than Antarctica. There is also a reduction in the temperature difference between the Equator and the North Pole causing the Northern Jet-stream to slow down.
Enjoyed lunch in the aft open section on Deck 9 at the Panorama Buffet, very pleasant with views of other ships towards the horizon. Back to the cabin to catch up with some sleep and prepare for the formal night. I managed to write some of this and read a few pages before nodding off for an hour or two.
First order of business this evening was the Captain's Welcome Party, on previous cruises this has taken the form of a champagne fountain in the atrium with passengers hanging off the stairways. As with a number of other things, the Ocean Princess does it a different way, we're invited into the Cabaret Lounge where the Captain greeted each of us, shook hands and shared a word or two. Very classy. We are all seated and served with cocktails and canapés, the top level staff are introduced by the Cruise Director and then the Captain took the floor. He chatted, joked and created a very relaxed party atmosphere. Another plus for this little ship.
Another excellent dinner and stop in the cabin on the way to this evening's entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge. Another Plus for this little ship, everything is close to everything else and it takes little to no time to walk from one venue to another. So far this cruise we haven't used the lifts.
The live entertainment was provided by "Livewire", a male guitarist and a female violinist. They performed many Celtic tunes in honour of St Patrick's day and mixed in a number of very energetic duos. It certainly topped off a very busy evening.
I'll try to upload these notes and today's images.
Brisbane tomorrow so we set the clock back one hour.
This link should take you to today's images on my 365 Project http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-03-18
Cheers .. Tony