Thursday, January 18, 2018

November 10 -14, 2017 - Westward to Bermuda - Atlantic Ocean

Friday, November 10, 2017 – At Sea – Atlantic Ocean – Partly Cloudy – Warm – high 60s

The sea has calmed down and it has gotten a bit warmer as we head toward Bermuda.

My talk today is at 11:00 AM – “Search for the Unknown Titanic Child”.  The Daily Program has me at 11:00 AM but The Insider had me at 2:00 PM.  Guest Relations told me they would tell people that called the correct time.  The turnout was great – another near full house – there were people sitting just about everywhere so I couldn’t find a good place to stand without getting in someone’s way.  No doubt, the attendance was affected a little by the conflicting schedules in the two programs.   

I tried the blackened fish panini for lunch – I hadn’t liked it in the past but it was different today – I couldn’t tell what kind of fish it was (maybe cod) but it was good.

We spent the whole afternoon out on a warm Deck 5 – I am reading another Gabriel Allon Novel by Daniel Silva, “The Secret Servant”.

We went to Friday night services at 6:00 PM up in the Drawing Room.  The service was led by Doron, the Israeli Head of Security.  He has been on Azamara for 10 years and we have seen him before.  There was a very good turnout for the service and the wine and challah were wonderful.

We didn’t want to deal with the noise and waiting in the Dining Room so we went to Windows for the Arabian Buffet.  That involved falafel, tabbouleh, a green salad, and baklava.  Much more peaceful up there – probably no more than a dozen folks in Windows.  What will they do with all of that leftover food.

We went to see Rikki Jay in the Cabaret Lounge.  He is a fast talking, frenetic, Brit comic, who works with the audience.  Although I have heard many of his jokes before, he was still funny.

The rest of the night was spent up in the Living Room.  We were sitting a bit further back from the guitar player so he was more background music. 

The clocks go back another hour tonight.  This will be the third time we have moved our clocks.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 – At Sea – Atlantic Ocean – Mostly Sunny – high 60s

A much quieter sea and a little sleep – a welcome combination.

A nice breakfast up in the Windows Café – a scrambled omelet (tomatoes, onions, and cheese) and a bagel.

My talk today is at 11:05 AM – “The Lost Dauphin of France” – following a moment of silence for “Remembrance Day” (UK – Veteran’s Day).  Tony said a few words before the moment – it was a touching experience.  A 90 percent plus turnout today – I actually spoke to a passenger who didn’t attend because she didn’t want to hear the sad story of the Dauphin.  The talk went well and ended right on time.  I’ve been pretty lucky so far in that I’ve had a full screen for all but one talk.

We had lunch out on the back deck – salad and some egg salad and a pretzel with Ranch Dressing.

We ate in Discoveries but had dessert up in Windows (Baklava).  Dinner took a long time this evening.  I had the fish and chips, which were OK but not as good as what they had a few days ago. 

It was “Voices” tonight for Showtime.  The new cast did a good job of performing this difficult show.  It is still fun.


The rest of the evening was spent in the Living Room side area.  I finished the "Silent Servant" and started “The Crossing” – the 20th book in the Harry Bosch Series.  Harry is now retired and unemployed.  Harry fought in the Vietnam War - how old must Harry be by now?

Seas are still smooth.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 – At Sea – Atlantic Ocean – mostly sunny – 70.

A beautiful day in the Central Atlantic Ocean.

The ship kicked up a lot of sea foam but the ride was smooth.

I had breakfast up in the Windows Café and still was able to attend Emerson’s 9:00 AM talk on Charles Lindbergh.

I have the day off today – no presentations.

It’s a beautiful day so a good deal of time was dedicated to being out on Deck 5.

Contrail over Atlantic

We did have to come back inside to attend a rare event – the “Broadway Matinee” scheduled for 2 PM in the Cabaret Lounge. 

Anthem from Chess

One Day More

Each of the singers had a solo number from a Broadway show.  Christine Milburn also sang a number.  It was a very entertaining afternoon and the only reason I would give up deck time for.

After the show, we felt the weather was good enough for a few laps around the deck before dinner.

Walking Deck 10


We had dinner on the back deck - warm and scenic.  

Tonight’s Showtime features “Inseparable” a musical show starring Tony and Christine at 9:45 PM  They sang “Nightingale Sang in Barkley Square” based on a request I made of Christine at the Mosaic Café a few days ago.  Very entertaining.  We may have seen a version of this show in the past but it was still good.

An hour back tonight.    


Monday, November 13, 2017 – At Sea – Atlantic Ocean – Pleasant – 70s.

A beautiful day in the Atlantic Ocean.

It is room service for breakfast today as my next talk has been scheduled for 9:00 AM.  The lecture schedule is certainly spooky. Not sure that guests are all into the early morning sessions.

“The Search for Jack the Ripper” was well attended with about 90 percent of capacity (270 folks approximately).  The pace was good and the talk ended on time.  I also had a full screen today even though tonight’s entertainer will need a piano put back on the stage along with the band guys. The full screen really helped as this talk has a lot of graphics and data.

A wonderful day of R and R – beautiful up on the deck.  Especially, when the atmosphere decided to put on a spectacular display of rainbows.


Double Rainbow

Ellen and Rainbow

Rainbow No Cloud

Storm Clouds

After capturing a particularly interesting "Magic Moment"

Sunset Through a Storm Cloud

we skipped the Indian Buffet.  After dinner in Discoveries, we attended Craig Dahn’s second show   his arrangements are so different that it is difficult to recognize the song he is playing.  He did the theme from “Exodus” but his best effort was “The Heart Will Go On”.  He showed videos from Titanic which really added to the overall effect.

My Heart Will Go On

“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga was also a winner.  I did not know that LG was an accomplished pianist.  Turned out to be a great show.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 At Sea – Atlantic Ocean – Pleasant – 70s.

The weather continues to be pleasant with only an occasional storm passing by.

Another work free day.  No getting up early or ordering room service.

Tony gave his iconic Somali Pirate Talk – superhero Cruise Director saves the Seabourn Journey from evil pirates.  We didn't attend as we spent almost the entire day out on the open deck - beautiful out there.

We skipped the Caribbean Buffet after checking out the offerings.  Had another good dinner in Discoveries – Hernando is doing a good job as our senior waiter.

British comedian Rikki Jay put on a hilarious second show. 

Still frenetic and fast talking but I got most of it tonight.  He also threw in a Trump dig in his show so that’s good I think.

Ellen found him at the bar and told him how much we liked his show.  Talks a lot slower in person.  

We spent a little time with Simon at the Casino Lounge.  Simon has proved to be very entertaining on this voyage.

Another hour back tonight – this will put us on Bermuda Time.


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