Saturday, 15 October 2016
15.10.2016 - 15.10.2016
It happens on these long voyages, I miss a day or two when I'm checking the itinerary. There were six sea days from Aqaba to Dubai, not five so the titles are wrong.
I'm somewhat recovered after yesterday's relapse, in fact I was well enough to notice that the Patter was forecasting a 05:08 sunrise for this morning being an extraordinary advance on yesterday when it occurred at 06:30. A 90 minute jump in sunrise time only occurs when the timezone has changed. So I rang the Front Desk and the conversation went like this at about 21:00 last night:
She : How may I help you ?
Me : Can you confirm the time for the sunrise tomorrow ?
She : It says in the Patter, it will be 05:08.
Me : I suspect it is incorrect, who inserts it in the Patter ?
She : The printer sir.
Me : But who provides the information to the printer ?
She : I don't know sir. Is there anything else sir ?
Me : No thank you, good night.
She : Thank you sir.
The sunrise, such as it was occurred at 06:10 give or take a minute. Had my regular breakfast and returned to the cabin to perform the weekly pill distribution, quite a task with the addition two prescriptions from yesterday's visit. Jenny is off to the Knit and Natter and I'm attending a series of lectures.
Lyndon Jolly provided an interesting background to the spread of mankind and the origins of the Middle East. Peter Anderson provided an interesting talk on the magnitude and frequency of asteroid impacts and the massive craters that are still visible today.
Had lunch back in the cabin with Jenny and found that she had a acquired an early Birthday Present. A beautiful gold and diamond necklace. She allowed me to finish my lunch so that I wouldn't choke on the price. It wasn't as bad as I'd expected and the discounts came to well over 50%.
I returned to the theatre for a talk by Evon Anderson tracing the evolution of the great ocean liners of the past to the cruise ships of today. Lots of interesting facts and wonderful old images.
Relaxing afternoon and dressed for dinner. We had also booked an appointment with the Future Cruise Consultant for 18:30 so we asked the waiters for a Quick service. No problem Senor !! We assisted by ordering the same main course and same dessert. We had our coffee just after 18:10, not bad for a 17:30 start. We've booked a cruise for April 2018, 35 days from Singapore to Vancouver with 20 ports of call aboard the Golden Princess.
At 19:15 we joined the long queue for the Captain's Circle cocktail party. The three winners of most cruised passengers had done fewer than we've hear of in the past, high number of cruises but relatively few nights at sea.
I've enjoyed a relatively good day and feel lots better than I have done for days.
Not a lot of colour but a good bit of drama at the time when the sunrise was well advanced, you can view my photo by following this link to the image of the Early Morning Cloud
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony.