Tuesday, 10 April 2012
10.04.2012 - 10.04.2012
Up before the sun-rise which was less colourful than others we've experienced. Bit of weather about and the ship is moving up and down in the swell.
Heather's lecture provided an update on the topics previously covered and then gave us an introduction to the "Rape of Nankin". She provided an overview of the atrocities committed by the Japanese and equated them to in scale and brutality to the 'Holocaust' in Nazi Germany. One hell of an 'eye-opener'.
William Roberts took us through the final battles in the Pacific covering the invasion of Okinawa and the desperation of the Kamikaze or 'Divine Wind'. He provided some horrifying figures of the ratio of killed to captured on both sides of the conflict. There was only one Japanese captured for every 100 killed.
After lunch we sat in the Princess Theatre for a DVD presentation on the cruiser HMAS Diamantina part of the Naval History display in Brisbane. This was followed soon afterwards by a meeting with the senior Hotel Staff, the Hotel Director, the Food and Beverage Director and the Customer Services Director. Very interesting people and roles they play.
Finished off a busy afternoon in the theatre with a series of John Denver numbers from Trevor Knight who played it straight, no gimmicks, no attempted comedy just good singing and great choice of songs.
The dining room was very colourful tonight with all the waiters in 'Italian' striped shirts. Our two looked very cheeky and we had a good time.
After dinner was the International Crew Show. For a warm-up and to fill in the 45 minutes between the theatre filling and the show starting they handed out about 200 balloons. These were enthusiastically tossed around the theatre while the music included "The Wheels on the Bus", "Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes" and other kindergarten tunes. Quite a riot and as much fun as has been seen on board. The show featuring singers from various sections and one of the room-service waiters who did the metal rings magic routine. There were some very funny skits featuring the Cruise Director and his staff.