Day 71 – At Sea – July 31st, 2015

Charleston, USA to Curacao, NA

A day of changes, particularly regarding the weather and entertainment. The day started out with clear skies, but with the ship rocking and rolling in the gale force E’ly winds. By late afternoon it was completely overcast, although the wind did ease off to about 25 kts.

Temperature: High 30C/86F, Low 27C/81F

Wind/Weather: E’ly winds at 35 kts, easing to 25 kts. Overcast by late afternoon.

Sunrise/Sunset: 06:36/19:14

Clox: Z-4 (no change)

 

Navigation

Throughout the day Sea Princess maintained a SE’ly course through the Caribbean Sea, at a speed of 17 knots.

 

Activities

We both slept in this morning, so I missed my morning stroll around the Promenade Deck. Judi slept soundly until after 09:00 and with Zumba quickly approaching, I ran up to Horizon for a quick breakfast on my own. At Zumba, our instructor Sarah was wired with a microphone for the first time and was obviously uncomfortable. Apparently somebody complained they can’t hear her. We have had the same crowd since Sydney, without complaint, so we suspect a newbie that joined in New York or Charleston. Having the instructor working out hard and wearing a microphone isn’t appealing, so as regular attendees we made our feelings known that we don’t want any change.

After Zumba, Judi fancied a dip in the pool, so we headed up to the Lido deck finding a couple of loungers in the shade. The gale force winds were causing a fair bit of movement, especially in the pools, so swimming today wasn’t recommended. Therefore, we lay in the shade and read for a couple of hours in the fresh air. Another change is that we didn’t bother changing for lunch in the dining room, so we just grabbed a quick bite in Horizon.

Yet again the afternoon schedule had nothing of interest, so we spent a quiet afternoon in the cabin and sitting on the balcony, just watching the ship pounding through the lively Caribbean seas. I have finally got caught up with working on photographs, just in time to take a couple hundred more in Curacao tomorrow.

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Above was my main course this evening, sliced Turkey breast, which as usual was well presented on the plate. The turkey slices were reasonably hot, but the vegetables and potatoes, obviously sit around waiting for plating, as they again were almost stone cold. None of the desserts were appealing, so a fruit plate was the healthy option.

The post dinner entertainment was a repeat show from singer impressionist Paul Tanner. Only VIV and I attended his previous show and we provided positive reports, so almost everyone headed to the Princess Theatre after dinner. Wow, what a difference in 2 shows. While the previous one was enjoyable, this one was terrible and he spent a large portion of the show in the theatre. We have seen many of the entertainers leave the stage, but they just walk across the front or up and down the alleyways. Not this chap, we was walking through between the seats, hugging guys and kissing them on top of the head. He also focussed on 1 passenger that bordered on harassment. All I can say it he is extremely lucky that nobody knocked him out cold. This will definitely be included in the post cruise comments.

 

As another day closes, we bid you farewell, till tomorrow and hope for fair skies and following seas.

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