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At Sea to Airlie Beach

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Woke up at a more sensible time this morning and walked a number of circuits on Deck 10 while searching for the sunrise. There were almost horizon to horizon clouds so nothing as spectacular as yesterday. Enjoyed an Al Fresco breakfast and then returned to the cabin to prepare for this morning's activities. To fill in some time I read for a while in the Club Bar which is adjacent to the Club Restaurant and watched all the people going in to have breakfast in the dining room. A quick estimate by the head waiter indicated 150 to 200 people which is almost 1/3 the total passengers. It struck me as an unusually high turnout. In the over 150 nights we've sailed I think we've only had breakfast in the dining room once or twice.

First lecture today was the Airlie Beach port lecture which left me with the distinct feeling that the main attraction of this port is the Whitsunday Islands and other cruises to the Barrier Reef. The ship's Shore Excursions offer tours starting at $160 to over $250, a lot of money when the weather is marginal and I don't do swimming anyway.

Next lecture was a Grand Tour of the Solar System including many of the NASA images and video captures. Lesa Moore has a great talent and vast knowledge to make her presentations most enjoyable.

Up to Deck 9 for an Al Fresco lunch where we watched the white-caps on the waves. The sky is still totally overcast and the wind is causing the ship to pitch and roll a little. Spent an interesting hour or so watching and listening to Peter Headley as he presented photographs taken around the world between 1838 to 1880. Amazing images.

Went up to the Bistro on Deck 9 for a hot drink and to watch the wild waves and rain that has enveloped the ship. There are very few people about. An hour or two back in the cabin to catch up on breaking news regarding the Malaysian Airlines missing aircraft. That mystery deepens as time passes.
At the risk of repeating myself- we had another excellent dinner tonight. On return to the cabin we found our freshly laundered clothes, first time we've used the service. Not only were the clothes all there - no losses, all the shirts and even a pair of shorts were on individual hangers and it was free because we are at the Elite level.

We're not going to the production show tonight, I'm going to do battle with the Internet connection and see if I can get through.

Airlie Beach tomorrow and it will depend on the weather as to whether we go ashore or not, been here twice in recent times and there isn't much to see. Might just take the tender for the enjoyment of the ride.

This link should take you to today's image on my 365 Project http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-03-20
Cheers .. Tony

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