Tuesday, March 31, 2020

January 13, 2020 – At Sea – Pacific Ocean – Mostly Sunny – Cool – 50F

What a difference wind direction and force make – very smooth seas.

Smooth seas do not always make for good sleep – I am thinking someone slipped me a “caffeine mickey” at dinner last night.  Woke up with a hangover that I didn’t earn.

Walked quickly from the cabin to the aft end of the ship along Deck 7 and caught a beautiful sunrise.

Still too cold to eat in the Solarium Annex so I ate inside Horizon Court.  There I had to deal with the screaming lady and some day 1 glitches.  There were no waffles – reason: no batter and/or no conditioning spray.  So pancakes, oatmeal, cottage cheese, and some eggs (none of which was totally eaten) served as backup. 

My first talk – “Forensics and History: The Mystery of the Romanovs” – was scheduled at 10:00 AM in the Princess Theater.  I had low expectations as I always do and I had to chuckle when the PA announced the talk as “The Mystery of the Romans”.  I thought CD Steve would come by and introduce me but he was probably busy so I introduced myself.  However, I am of little faith as the theater was more than 40 percent full and only a couple left for another event late in the session.  While I did get a good response from the attendees, I found myself rushing at the end so I am going to edit the talk and remove the less important slides and information.

We went straight to the Crown Grill for the Pub Lunch – I had a Bass Ale along with my Fish and Chips, which were very good.  The mushy peas were not mushy but crunchy – and I like that texture better.  Too much food for lunch.

The rest of the afternoon was spent trying to find a warm place to sit and read (sound familiar).  We didn’t want to go to Deck 7 because there is too much people traffic and chatter going on. So we tried the couches on Deck 15 aft (too chilly) and then Club One5, which was also cold but not bronchitis inducing cold.  I had the hardest time reading and staying awake – because of the cold – so we went to Horizon Court to bask in the warm sun and thaw out.  That did help but eventually, the default condition took over and we went to the comfort and warmth of 7115.

Dinner was in the Michelangelo Dining Room – tonight, Cesar Salad, Baked Potato Soup, and Pad Thai (not as good as last cruise); Ellen had the soup and grilled salmon on a Cesar Salad.

We went to the Vista Lounge to hear Liam Stewart and his tribute to Elton John.  He did nine songs most of which are faves and he sounds quite a bit like Sir Elton and is a terrific pianist.  This is the first time we have seen him because he is on at 9:30 PM in the Crooners Lounge and we are usually done for the night by that time.  We will catch him at least once on this cruise.

We then made our way to the Theater to catch comedian Scott Wyler (our neighbor). Steve said this was Scott’s second show but there was no evidence of that in the Patter or Program schedule I had.  Another Twilight Zone moment.  Scott is pretty low intensity and the jokes are non-stop but they seemed a bit familiar – no doubt we have seen Scott somewhere before.  His show was long for Princess (about 50 minutes).  Update – we spoke to Scott later and he told us he was a last minute fill in because the drummer was unable to perform for Tommy Proulx’s show.  It was announced on the PA system but we and certainly others didn’t hear it.

I was out of gas so we went to the room.

Clocks move forward one hour tonight (now MST) and the seas are smooth.

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