Sunday, February 5, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 – At Sea – Pacific Ocean–Mostly Cloudy, Windy, 63F

The room was quiet (the sea was rocky) and I slept until 5:30 AM – probably went back to sleep for a while and finally got up at 7:30 AM.

I had breakfast in the Horizon Court Buffet.  There were quite a few people in the café when I got there so I wound up sitting in the back section by the Aft Deck.  I still got a window seat so I could see the choppy sea.

The buffet had just about everything I needed for breakfast – oatmeal (tried it but didn’t like it); pancakes, cottage cheese, sour cream, preserves, and, a bonus, biscuits.  The servers kept bringing coffee so I was pretty well set for breakfast.  I found the waffles on my way out but I will try them in the future.

I had a little time to look over my first lecture while trying a decaf mocha latte iced in the International Café

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The Cruise is now officially underway

It came as a frozen drink, which I sent back for one with ice cubes.  The version was very good if not a bit too chocolaty.  The International Café also had US power outlets, a bonus.  I made some last minute corrections to the slides.

I am giving all nine lectures on this voyage.  My first talk is scheduled for 11:30 AM in the Vista Lounge (Deck 7 Aft) – “Cold Cases Solved”.  Dan, the Cruise Director, came by and gave me a brief introduction.

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Pre-Talk Chat with Dan

It was a pretty good initial turnout – about 90 % full or about 400 plus attendees (Seating Capacity: Vista Lounge – 460; Princess Theater- 750 seats) – the talk took under 50 minutes.  Several people came up to talk to me afterwards and shared some positive feedback.  This is the first time I am using my new Lenovo PC/Tablet computer.  It was connected via HDMI and the remote worked.  The ship also has very good and comfortable headset mics.

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Cold Cases Solved

We passed on the pub lunch but wound up having the same fish (no chips) in the Horizon Court Café

We spent the afternoon in the back of the Wheelhouse Lounge (quiet time) and stayed through Happy Hour (two for one drinks are now buy one get the second for $1).  We both had “Dirty Bananas”, which were similar to the same drink we had on this ship on previous voyages. 

We had dinner in the Michelangelo Dining Room.  Since we wanted a table for two, we got a pager and waited about 30 minutes for our table (seated at 6:10 PM).  There wasn’t much on the menu so I had the Cesar Salad, Salmon with a baked potato.

We went to the Princess Theater a 8:00 PM  to see Sean O’Shea – Vocal Impressions and all around crazy person.  He’s a wild performer who is all over the place.  At the end of the show, he jumped up into our box seats to kiss Ellen’s hand.  He’s entertaining despite being so frenetic.

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IMG_20170110_sean oshea in our box

Sean O’Shea

The sprint was then on to get to the 9:00 PM show at the Vista Lounge.  We sat way in the back to watch Alex Ramon – a young magician that reminded me of Jerry Seinfeld.  He has a pleasant laid back style with a little humor.  His magic wasn’t new but he was entertaining as well.

Back to the room about 10:00 PM – the ship is still moving a lot and the room is creaking big time.

Hoping to get some sleep.

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