Wednesday, 11 April 2012
11.04.2012 - 11.04.2012
Another unremarkable start to a sea day with a strong breeze and slight seas - you could actually feel the ship moving.
The first lecture was by Alun Thompson one of the Third Officers who gave an extensive explanation of the many aspects of the Deck Department. In particular he stressed the fact that all essential items are duplicated and depending on traffic there could be up to six or seven people on the bridge with all aspects of navigation being double checked. When asked he avoided comment on the Costa Concordia accident except to say that the extent of the damage went beyond what the ship was designed to survive.
Jenny organised a "Thank You" envelope for the couple who have conducted the craft sessions that she's attended every sea day.
Lindsay delivered her usual slick port lecture covering many aspects of Brisbane and the surrounding tourist destinations.
After lunch I returned to the Princess Theatre for the matinée movie "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" a very involved plot with frequent back flashes and occasional foreign language sections making it very difficult to follow. I'm glad I didn't pay to see it.
Maddie and Hennie have invited us to a get together in the Premier Cru Bar. They had invited about a dozen of the people who had made a difference to their cruise, drinks and nibbles organised by them.
The last formal night and lobster tails were on the menu, I chose to order roast pheasant instead. Jeffrey concocted another "Special" desert, he enjoys himself far too much. After dinner there was a Captain's Farewell Cocktail Party in the atrium area, not a lot of room with most of the 2000 passengers crowded into that space.
Received our disembarkation instructions and we were allocated an 0830 assembly time, fortunately I was able to have that brought forward to an 0730 time slot. The times are when we meet, there is no indication as to when we get off.
No show for us tonight, neither do much for either of us.