Sunday, 8 April 2012
08.04.2012 - 08.04.2012
We were due to cross the equator at 0600, but we were over 30 nautical miles to the North according to Paul's GPS. We estimate the time is likely to be 0800 before we get there. Paul has been a constant; every morning he sits outside the Terrace Grill - cup of coffee, a heavy, large, old pair of binoculars, his GPS and the charts for this part of the ocean. His charts are marked with the course taken by previous cruises in the area. Each point on the trace is annotated with the date and time and the ship's speed. Depending on the scale of the chart he plots the position every half hour, every hour or every three hours.
After breakfast I attended William Robert's lecture covering the development of submarines from their earliest experiments to the end of WWII. He also branched out and provided details of the capture of Rabaul from the Germans in WWI by an Australian force.
While Jenny attended her craft group, I went along to Heather's talk on the two Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea and some comments on the problems facing the country. After her talk I asked her to translate the Japanese writing on the Happy Can of Coke we acquired in Yokohama. She asked to keep the can for a day or two and she'd see what she could work out.
After lunch, which also featured a BBQ outside the Terrace Grill, Jenny went off to watch a movie and I actually managed to get a few chapters read.
There were more Easter decorations in the dining room and a special greeting on the Menu from the senior ship's staff.
After dinner off to the Princess Theatre for a variety show featuring the vocalist Jennifer Ward and the three top members of the Cruise Director's staff. They all sang surprisingly well and all but upstaged the featured artist. As always the band was rock solid.
Rabaul tomorrow with a tour organised through a contact from Cruise Critic, could be interesting.