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Fourth Sea Day

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Another day sailing across the Mediterranean with an interesting sunrise to start the day. Routine breakfast followed by a pair of lectures by our two resident experts. Peter again showed a bewildering array of deep space images under the general heading of 'Beyond Our Galaxy'. His wife Evon followed soon after with her topic of Rommel, Montgomery and Patton. Rommel didn't feature much in the European battles and eventually committed suicide to protect his wife and son. Paton and Montgomery battled each other with greater intensity than they did the Enemy. A lot of politics on the battlefield.

A quick lunch, a wander around the ship and a quiet read of the Kindle. Battled the Internet for a while and gave up in frustration. I'm beginning to suspect the delay is in my connection to the on board server from inside the cabin. No doubt the satellite link also slows things down. Will try something different when we're in port tomorrow.

Great dinner, my steak covered 75% of the plate. After the meal I went off to capture the sunset and Jenny reserved me a seat in the Theatre where we were once again treated to an excellent performance by the incredible voice of Phillip Browne. After the show tried again to transfer some money to the Euro account of our Global Currency Card. 10 precious minutes later the connection timed out and I'd achieved nothing. Quickly tossed on some clothes and ducked down to the Internet Cafe. Did the job in less than 4 minutes.

There's no specific photo to point to, if you want to see the latest, view my project by following this link to the main album.

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

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Third Sea Day

Saturday, 1 October 2016

The sky is clear but there is a low sea haze as we sail into the Mediterranean Sea reducing visibility. We were within 5 nautical miles of the North African coast but the land was not visible. For most of the day we sailed in company with merchant vessels of various configuration and size. With our ship sailing at about 20 knots they were all overtaken quickly.

Our day settled into a regular sea day routine. Jenny spent most of the day with her craft ladies and I attended my lectures. In between there was lunch and finally dinner. With sunset due at 19:45 I decided to try and capture some images rather than watch the stage show. The sunset produced some impressive images as the haze dispersed the light but made it difficult to focus.

Some more futile attempts to connect to the Internet only to find that it is unworkably slow. I can manage the simple text of this journal but attempts to upload images were unsuccessful.

The lectures today were an overview of Messina by the 'Destination Expert' Lydon Jolley. Followed by Peter Anderson on the topic of Flying Saucers and Alien Visits. After lunch Evon Anderson provided a detailed background on the famous generals of WWII. Rommel, Montgomery and Patton, they each had their flaws and character defects.

There's no specific photo to point to, if you want to see the latest, view my project by following this link to the main album.

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

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Second Sea Day

Friday, 30 September 2016

Another overcast morning and a constant battle with the Internet connection. That set me up with a negative attitude for the morning. My postings to this journal and my picture project are likely to be sporadic for the remainder of the trip.

Up to the Horizon Court for our regular breakfast. We are both trying to limit the intake of calories as we're not doing the walking that perhaps we should. I've also stopped wearing the FitBit because I can't adjust the time due to the flakey Internet. So many things in the electronic sphere appear to be dependant on a constant Internet connection, I just can't achieve that.

Jenny has found a group of ladies who are involved in a range of handicraft projects and she's happily spending time with them. Meanwhile I attended another talk on the objects in outer space. Unimaginable distances away and equally unbelievable sizes.

The Captain made an announcement to explain an unusual manoeuvre during the night. Something we were both totally unaware of. At about midnight he had to divert the ship towards the Spanish coast to rendezvous with a Medical Evacuation helicopter. He was then required to retrace his steps to the traffic controlled canals.

A snack lunch from the International cafe and meet up with Jenny in the cabin. Checked my electric razor to find that it hasn't charged. Looks like I'll have to buy a disposable so that I can look presentable for Formal Night. Over $2 for a single razor is a bit steep though. Between phones, watches and now electric razors life is becoming just too complicated.

Back to the theatre for the last half of the Winston Churchill story. It covered the war years and once again the commentary, from senior people of the time, was less than faltering. Wandered the ship looking for some photo opportunities but failed to find anything spectacular. Back at the cabin I dug out the tuxedo and took the dress shirt to the laundromat for a touch-up with the iron.

Down to the Michelangelo Dining Room for a delicious meal and then off to the theatre for tonight's musical magic spectacular. With just over 30 minutes to show time it was announced that due to 'technical and safety' issues the advertised show would not be staged. The replacement act was being organised.

At show time they dragged the guest comedian, Josh Daniels onto the stage. Story was that he hadn't even finished his meal. His act was OK with some very funny interludes but many of his jokes were old and if we'd had anything better to do we'd have left.

There's no specific photo to point to, if you want to see the latest, view my project following this link to the main album.

Wishing you good health and safe travel.

Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

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First Sea Day

Thursday, 29 September 2016

After the best night's sleep in a long while we woke to a dull, overcast sky with a light swell to keep the ship in motion. Breakfast in the Horizon Court and while Jenny attended a health seminar I spent time in the Wheelhouse Bar writing up yesterday's report. After a light snack at the International Cafe I visited the Future Cruises Desk and paid for two cruises. Still the best $100 spend.

Settled into the Princess Theatre for two lectures and the afternoon movie. The first topic examined the Solar System, presented by Peter Anderson. Much of his photographic material was captured by his back-yard telescope. He has an impressive set-up outside Brisbane. The next speaker was his wife Evon Anderson, a historian, revealing some of the less known facts about Winston Churchill, not a very nice person from many accounts.

Stayed for the afternoon movie, a weird, violent film "The Nice Guys" starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. I stayed to the end, Jenny left not long after it started. I still don't understand what the plot was or who the real villains were. Lots of shooting, drinking, scantily clad women, mumbled dialogue and gratuitous violence.

A pleasant dinner and back to the cabin to start writing this report. Rounded off the day with a show in the Princess Theatre. We were royally entertained by Phillip Browne a star of many West End shows including his debut appearance in the Lion King. His voice was enormous and richly deserved the audience's ovations.

Clocks go forward an hour tonight as we sail in a South Easterly direction.

Best I can come up with is a picture of our stateroom view it by following this link to the image for Today

Wishing you good health and safe travel.

Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

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Boarded the Emerald Princess

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Time dragged again this morning. Checked the room multiple times to make sure that nothing is left behind. Watched some TV and dragged our bags down to reception. Quick goodbyes to the regular staff, phone call for a taxi which arrived promptly and we were on our way to the dock.

There were porters everywhere ready to start our luggage on its way to our cabin. We were ushered to a short queue for check-in. Some confusion, we've been upgraded ?? Yes we know about that, we went from an Inside Cabin on Deck 5 to an Ocean-view Cabin also on Deck 5. No sir, there's been a further upgrade you are now on Deck 12. Sure hope that it is in fact an upgrade. There have been stories of people finding that their upgrade has not improved things at all. There are so many categories with variables like location, forward, midship or aft. Then there is proximity to the lifts and the deck level relative to the significant facilities. Anyway we are now in Aloha 325.

Next the dreaded 'Security Check' where I had to remove my belt, watch and shoes !! Even the airport was not that strict. Found our cabin, big surprise, for the first time in our many cruises we've been upgraded to a Veranda Stateroom. Quite an upgrade we paid for an Inside and wind up with a Veranda. The cabin is very nice and the layout is a bit awkward in terms of usable space. The balcony is of no practical use when there's rain and cold winds.

We reacquainted ourselves with the location and layout of the Horizon Court Buffet. Back at our cabin we were introduced to our cabin steward who will be with us until Fremantle. Looked out of our balcony again to observe the shipping entering and leaving the port. Time for the Passenger Emergency Drill. Our Muster Station is the Wheelhouse Bar on Deck 7. Afterwards I checked on the cabin where our luggage may have been delivered P207, but there is nothing there.

Returned to A325 and find two of our three cases outside the door. Started the 'once only' task of unpacking and finding where to stow what. Start working on establishing our connection to the Internet and their simplistic instructions don't appear to work for me. Put that aside and visit the Horizon Court for a simple evening meal. Battle with the 'connection' issues. Frustrated and off to the Internet Cafe where all is explained. The simplistic instructions were intended for people who use data over their mobile phone plan. Step one and two should have been ignored by me. Easy when it is explained.

Off to the Princess Theatre for the 'Welcome' show. Back up to A325 and find case three of three has arrived. There's a notice that we had failed to register at the Passenger Emergency Drill. It was addressed to the cabin rather then us by name so there is obviously something not quite right with our record. Down to the Customer Services and explain what I think has happened. Long discussion with a senior person and I'm told it is all rectified. We'll see how this glitch manifests itself further down the track.

Rather tired by now so didn't take long to drop off. Ship is rocking gently and it is good to be aboard again. Have written this the next day and will post later.

No real opportunity for photos so I've used one of Monday's images of Salisbury to fill the gap, view it by following this link to the image for Today

Wishing you good health and safe travel.

Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

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