The first of 8 relaxing sea days from Los Angeles to our first stop in the Marquesas Island at Nuku Hiva. Judi & I really enjoy the seas days, especially at the beginning of a cruise, as it provides an opportunity to establish a routine, get to know the crew and fellow passengers and just spend some time walking the decks, or reading. We enjoyed a most relaxing day aboard the Viking Sun.
Temperature: 15 C/59F
Wind/Weather: Partly cloudy with good swell running.
Clox: No change (Z-8)
We departed L/A about an hour late at 19:00. On clearing the harbour and dropping the pilot, a SW’ly course was set at about 17 kts.
Expecting NE trades with following winds & seas, we started experiencing a little rolling about 02:00. Going for my walk I noted a confused sea, with a good swell from a couple of points fwd of the beam and NNW’ly wind of 15-20 kts from abaft the beam. The wind freshened to 25 kts around Noon and veered to N’ly.
Ship was a little lively throughout the day.
My day started at 06:00 when I went for a walk. With Deck 2 (Prom Dk) closed due to the wind, I strolled around decks 8 & 9 for an hour. Little nippy, but most enjoyable. For breakfast we shared a table with one of the ladies completing the full 245-day cruise, having a most interesting chat with her.
After breakfast, I attended the history of Polynesian migration from the resident historian, who was a Wing Commander in the RAF. Excellent presentation, so I will be attending his future lectures. Judi found a quiet spot in the Atrium, where she enjoyed a couple of teas and chatted with various people.
Following the Noon announcement we attended the daily trivia, creating a team of 6 players. With our first answers, we would have scored a winning 11/15, but changed 4 answers on the 2nd reading of the questions. Motto – go with your first choice.
In the afternoon, we chilled in the cabin, while I worked on yesterday’s post and Judi her journal. At 16:00, I attended another interesting lecture from an author outlining the remuneration in the publishing industry.
For dinner we were joined by fellow bloggers MonaLiza & Steve. Excellent company and a great meal with Beef Wellington and Lobster.
After dinner we headed up to Explorers Lounge for a drink before attending the welcome aboard show in the Theatre. Started with the resident band & singers performing for 1/2 hr, followed by the introduction of the Captain & Senior Officers. All 12 lecturers, yes 12 of them, stepped up to the stage where they formally introduced themselves. To complete the show we enjoyed an A/Cruise Director singing, a classical duo and finally the ship’s 4 vocalists. An excellent end to our first day.
As another day closes, we bid you farewell, till tomorrow and hope for fair skies and following seas.