Updated: Nov 18, 2022
by Nina Sabin - Travel Blog
Today’s sea day was a lazy one. We started by watching a movie in bed. Since the ship was rocking and rolling we didn’t see any reason to get going early.
After the movie we decided to have a later breakfast in the dining room. The dining room serves breakfast for an hour from 8:30 - 9:30 am. There are two other places you can have breakfast as well. The Lido on deck nine is a buffet style and as we mentioned in our other blogs, room service is the other option which we love on shore days. We can eat early and be able to be one of the first off the ship to explore.
I took a stroll outside to get fresh air on the promenade deck. On sea days it is important for me to get fresh air at least once a day. I went around the promenade deck (on deck three) five times which is about a mile and a half.
It was a very rocky walk as the ship has been rocking and rolling all day due to the 10 foot waves and rainy weather. Even with the stabilizer you could still feel the movement. I wouldn’t want to be in small boat with these waves.
We have been wearing our anti-nausea bands to avoid sea sickness.
One of the staff made a funny comment while we were in the elevator. She said the ship was drunk. We thought that was a good description of our experience with the movement.
Today I started to think about how I am going to be able to get back into normal life mode. I won’t have someone to make my meals, serve us our meals, clean up the table after the meals, make my bed, clean our room and bathroom, do our laundry or leave cute little towel animals. This cruise is really spoiling us.
Speaking of laundry, I think in a previous blog I mentioned we get unlimited laundry. It was extra we paid for but it has been well worth the money for a 50 day cruise. We pretty much put our laundry in every day or every other day. We usually have about 15 to 20 items. They put a label with our room number on it on most of the items. Often we forget to remove it and discover something scratching us.
The captain did his noon Nautical Topic. Today was on Dynamic Positioning (DP), which he mentioned yesterday as we anchored to tender at Aitutaki, Cook Islands.
Dynamic positioning is a computer-controlled system to automatically maintain a vessel's position and heading by using its own propellers and thrusters.
Position reference sensors, combined with wind sensors, motion sensors and gyrocompasses provide information to the computer pertaining to the vessel's position and the magnitude and direction of environmental forces affecting its position.
The rest of the day was filled with reading; John has already finished three books, we watched a second movie in our cabin, a nap, and of course playing Bridge and Euchre with our Canadian friends. Sea days are actually growing on us.
The evening consisted of Gala Night when you go to dinner in semi- formal or formal wear. On Gala Nights the dining room serves special items such as shrimp cocktail, prime rib, and escargot. Sometimes they serve lobster too.
The evenings entertainment was the singing and dance team. We really enjoy there performances.
Tomorrow we will be at Vaitape, Bora Bora, French Polynesia. We are so excited as we have a ‘swimming with sharks and rays’ excursion planned. Once again we are praying for good weather.