April 27, 2016

World Cruise 2016 Day 113

Day 113 – At sea in the North Atlantic. Temperatures remain a balmy 75 with humidity of 77%. Winds have subsided to a very light breeze, the seas are calm except for a 3 or 4 foot swell from the North. The skies are cloudy and we are expected to have rain showers this evening and tonight.

I didn't make it to the ball last night, the clocks are being moved back faster than this mature body can adapt. I was sound asleep long before it even started.

This morning I listened to a lecture on various telescopes being used to view the galaxies. Mike Raick had some spectacular images, courtesy of NASA.

This afternoon the Filipino crew members are putting on their "crew show" that was postponed several days ago, and tonight is the last performance of the singers and dancers.

The ship has definitely become more quiet as we approach our final two days. No walkers, few people by the pool, and the Crow's Nest almost empty during the day. I suspect many passengers are busy packing. It probably takes several days if you came with 5, 10, or 12 suitcases. I'm planning to do most of my packing Thursday, hopefully leaving Friday with nothing to do. Our luggage tags and customs forms are delivered to our stateroom this afternoon. As usual the customs form asks what countries I have visited prior to arriving in the US. I wonder how I list them all in the little space provided?

About 6 weeks ago I noticed we had a number of new crew members cooking in the Lido Restaurant, and also at the Dive Inn by the pool. I didn't pay a lot of attention but did think it was strange they were having to show one crew member how to crack eggs, and to another they were explaining that the waffle iron didn't need to be watched while the waffles were cooking, it would beep when they were done. Today I was able to confirm the rest of the story. About 50 crew members quit and walked off the ship when we docked in Hong Kong. Obviously HAL wasn't too particular about the qualifications of the quickly hired replacement workers.

There was a private party in the Crow's Nest tonight. It was a 30th (wedding?) anniversary party for Russel and Steven. I didn't know many of the attendees, but both the "dog" lady and the "doll" lady were in attendance.

After dinner I saw a clue as to why the ship is kind of quite today. Many passengers were walking around with partial bottles of wine. They bought wine packages on the ship, bought wine in foreign ports, and may have "won" some playing games. They need to finish them before they board their planes for home, so they sat in their rooms working on them. Just a guess, and not a problem I have.

The show tonight with the HAL Singers and Dancers was poorly attended. Those that didn't attend were smart, it was the worst vocal performance of this group since they joined the ship. The vocalists in the guest show were better.

Just before the show I had the opportunity to talk with Judy Carmichael and learned that she is doing a series of performances in the central Florida area starting in January. I'm not sure if I will be home, but will attend if I can.

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