Saturday, 17 March 2012
17.03.2012 - 17.03.2012
Rain, thunder and lightning prevented any sight of the sun-rise. Also deterred me from my usual walk around the Lido deck. Instead I sat and talked at length with Paul and looked at the many plots on his charts. During discussion he gave me some insight to his time in Vietnam with the US Air Force in the late 60s.
Attended William Roberts' lecture on the battles in the area of Malaya, Indonesia and the other islands in that part of the world. He claims that invasion to be the most extensive and well executed in any war before or since. His talks are so popular that it is almost 'standing room only' in the Princess Theatre.
Heather Clement presented her lecture on the trials and tribulations of Anwar Ibrahim and tied them to events in contemporary Malaysia.
St Patrick's day is recognised throughout the ship with green themed decorations, a green cake and fruit carved as leprechauns on display at the entrance to the Lido Bistro. During lunch we shared space with an older couple, one time residents of Ballarat and now living in Port Macquarie. They claim to have left cruising too late in their life but are determined to continue for some time yet.
Jenny is off to a fashion show while I've been trying to select favourite images from the past 14 days. As I write this we are passing a number of production oil rigs to our starboard side - too far out to photograph. The bridge cam is showing mainly clear sky and calm seas ahead.
Lined up early to attend Lindsay's destination lecture for Hong Kong, 30 minutes before it was due to start there wasn't a free seat in the theatre. Fortunately her presentation is recorded and played back on the in-cabin TV.
The menu in the dinning room was 'International' with each dish identified by country of origin, Jenny had 'Surf & Turf' from the USA while I had a dish from Russia which comprised of salmon and mushroom in a pastry shell - bit like a beef wellington. Four scoops of ice-cream, each a different flavour.
The show in the Theatre was Amber Jade again but with a different repertoire of music. Quick visit to the Lido for a cuppa and a cookie.
I asked some of the more experienced cruisers if these lectures were a common feature on all Princess cruises. The answer is yes, there are generally two lectures each sea day, obviously on port days most people are ashore. This cruise has a high percentage of sea days and the lectures take on a more prominent role.