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Off the Queensland Coast

Thursday, 12 April 2012

A lively start to the morning with the ship heading into a strong Southerly wind and rising seas. Less than 24 hours to Brisbane when over 200 passengers will leave the ship.
The main pool has been emptied as the ship's motion was creating tsunami style waves which were blown all over the deck. Jenny is trying to write a note and her normally pristine script has a few wobbles in it.
Activities aboard are on the decline as the cruise comes to an end. There are a number of people I've spoken to who felt that the last two weeks were just too long. My own take on the cruise is that the first two weeks were full of new things aboard the ship and people were quite busy. The next two weeks were busy because of our almost consecutive port days. The final two weeks were almost boring with only three port days and people are starting to think of all the tasks facing them on the home front. I believe an academic study of the optimum cruise length should be undertaken, I would be prepared to conduct such a study !!
Another possible study would be to compare the weight gain of cattle in a feed-lot relative to passengers on a cruise ship. These ships are just floating feed-lots for humans !!
First up this morning was the Culinary Demonstration in the Vista Lounge, the Executive Chef and the Maitre d'Hotel cooked up two dishes and then the Pastry Chef knocked up a desert. After the demonstration we were invited to walk through the galley. Miles and miles of stainless steel.
Just before lunch I attended a lecture by Trevor Knight on the 'Wisdom of Horses'. He had a number of interesting stories that demonstrated the loving bond between horses and man. He has been a keen and successful Endurance Rider and horse breeder. Very entertaining and informative.
Nothing specific after lunch, Jenny went off to see the Princess Pop Choir, she also saw the Line Dance Review. Just as she was returning from the Vista Lounge I was invited by Heather and Bret to join them for afternoon tea. We showed off our special pictures and even had one of the staff leaning over to watch.
Handed our 'gratuity' to Rex and Jeffrey and enjoyed another excellent evening meal. Jeffrey managed to dress up a tapioca pudding to an attractive desert which didn't taste too bad either.
Tonight we attended a show by comedienne "Maggie" in the Vista Lounge. She sang, not too badly, she danced, like Dame Edna and tried very hard to be funny. We sat through it in the forlorn hope that she'd get better.
We're about 10 hours out of Brisbane and the seas are getting quite rough. The ship is moving quite a bit but it isn't particularly unpleasant. I feel the ship rocking me to sleep as I type this.

Posted by greynomadm 21:14 Archived in Australia

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Hey mate. I'd happily collaborate on either of those studies...or my own "The psychological impact of 9 months at sea". Interviewing staff while at sea - why didn't I think of this sooner!!!!

On a more serious note, text me when you get to Brissy ...and I'll give you a call...I have some pretty fricking exciting news about my own humble research :-)

Love ya

Nat

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