Saturday, 14 April 2012
14.04.2012 - 14.04.2012
The sun-rise this morning was again unremarkable as there were dark clouds along the Eastern horizon. On checking in with Paul I discovered we were only just South of the Gold Coast despite being under way for almost 12 hours. It transpires that part way through the passage out of Morton Bay the ship went about and sailed back towards Brisbane to disembark a medical emergency. We were met by a shore-based launch, evacuated the passenger and then went about again to pick up where we'd left off.
At the time we were making good time, sailing at 18 knots. There is a distinct possibility that we'll be late arriving in Sydney. Breakfast was followed by William Roberts' lecture where he presented the various strategic errors made by both sides and how these influenced the outcome of the war.
Nothing of specific interest before lunch so I packed the bulk of my bag, there seems to be significantly more gear than when we packed in Moruya. Up to the Horizon Court for the display of the pastry cook's endeavours; cakes and sweet creations of every description in a rainbow of colours. Just amazing what these talented people produce.
After lunch we went to the Theatre where the entertainment 'crew' explained what they do and we were shown the 'dressing rooms' in the wings of the stage. It must be absolute chaos there during a production number.
Back to the cabin to complete the packing and sorting of gear and checking of drawers. Jenny is off to attend a lecture by Trevor Knight while I complete this penultimate blog entry. Turns out that Trevor has a sore throat so his talk was called off. By about 1700 we're all sorted out and the luggage is parked outside for collection.
Off to the dinning room for our 'last supper'. Top meal again and culminated with the Baked Alaska Parade by the waiters. Lights were turned off so the camera didn't capture a lot of it.
Off to the final show featuring a trio of operatic singers called Encore, two sisters and a good looking young bloke. They sang some beautiful songs and received a standing ovation, one of the best shows on the trip.
My final blog from the beautiful Sea Princess. When we berth in Sydney tomorrow we will have sailed a total of 8601 Nautical Miles (1 NM = 1.85 Km).