Saturday, 31 March 2012
31.03.2012 - 31.03.2012
The weather has deteriorated overnight and the ship is quite lively. Temperature is about 18 °C but with a 50 knot wind and 25 foot high waves. As we sail on a NorthEast bearing the temperature continues to drop.
Heater's lecture was cancelled this morning because heater is under the weather. Spent some time talking with Paul about a previous cruise which sailed around Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal. The ship had about 200 WWII veterans aboard and a wreath laying ceremony was conducted at both islands. By the time the ship returned to San Francisco about 15 of the old guys had died. As Paul said, last respects paid, job done.
As you'd expect, William Roberts was not effected by the rough seas and took off from where he'd last taken us and covered the battles that took place in Papua New Guinea and on Guadalcanal. It appears that at this time just about every senior officer was replaced. It also marked the first time that the Japanese advance was halted and its navy sustained more damage than it inflicted.
During the afternoon I attended what was described as a Photographic Workshop, it was aimed at all those who were using a 'point and shoot' camera for the first time. Not much value for even a moderately competent shutter-bug. I've attempted to capture the height of the waves but taking photos from Deck 14 doesn't do it justice but Deck 7 is closed to passengers.
Another great dinner, Asian Night so a lot of different choices. Jeffrey concocted another of his surprises. The laugh was on me when he placed a chilled dinner plate in front of me with the word "Blaahh !!" written in strawberry syrup. Very funny !! He brought out a three-scoop sundae with lots of berries and chocolate topping - decadent.
Tonight's entertainment in the Princess Theatre was a comedian by the name of Mick Meredith, a bit corny and it helped to know the characteristics of Blacktown, Rooty Hill and Mt Druitt.
Winds are still over 50 knots and the waves are over 25 foot. We'll be rocked to sleep.