Friday, 21 March 2014
21.03.2014 - 21.03.2014
The day started off wet and stayed that way all day. We decided against going ashore and after breakfast spent some time in the Tahitian Lounge reading and watching the rain dripping down the windows. We went off to the Buffet for a hot drink and struck up a conversation with a lady in some form of uniform. Turns out she's the representative for the local Port Agent responsible for the coordination between the local authorities and the ship's staff. We have seen the small entry in the daily Patter that provides contact details for problems while ashore, she's the other end of that communications link. She spends the day aboard the ship and deals with any problems that may arise. A most interesting hour and a great insight to an aspect of the industry we were unaware of.
Spent most of the day curled up with our Kindles there being very few photo opportunities and no on-board activities as it is a 'port day'. There was a brief break in the rain late in the afternoon and I took some photos of the catamarans that provided the tender service for those hardy souls that went ashore. These 'cats' can carry about 200 people in air conditioned comfort but appeared to have less than 50 each trip I witnessed.
We decided to try the 'Elite and Suite' special Cocktails and Hors d' Oeuvres offering before dinner. The Hors d' Oeuvres were enjoyable and we didn't bother with the cocktails. We may not do that again.
A great dinner and Martin, our waiter, twisted my arm to try a desert comprising a chocolate cookie, topped with ice cream and swimming in chocolate sauce, decadent and delicious. After dinner we went to the Cabaret Lounge to listen to the outrageous Diane Cousins described as "power house voice and squeaky clean comedy" most accurate and appropriate. Fantastic.
Back to the cabin to find a note from the Shore Excursions desk, Cancellation of the Komodo Island Tour !! Jenny was ready to rip into someone - then she read on further. We've been transferred to a slightly later time - there were not enough booked on the early tour. All is well and someone's life has been spared.
Three sea days as we make our way North through the Barrier Reef and then West through the Torres Strait on our way to Darwin.
Despite the lack of photo ops this link should take you to today's image on my 365 Project http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-03-21
Cheers .. Tony