Sunday, 6 October 2013
06.10.2013 - 06.10.2013
Today is the last full day of the cruise. The seas abated considerably overnight and the outside temperature has also gone down. The sunrise was rather reluctant with solid black clouds all along the horizon. Someone asked me if I was having a love affair with the sunrise and I could certainly see the connections. Just like a lady she is sometimes spectacular and occasionally quite dull. There are times when she dazzles for a short time and at others her beauty lingers. Ever changing and at times unpredictable and reluctant. Despite or because of that I turn up early each morning and wait in anticipation. Today she was late and didn't display her full splendour.
Schedules are in turmoil because of yesterday's weather. My first appointment is for the Marine lecture in the Theatre at 1000. Today we explored the whale family and the features that link them together. Our concept of 'nice' dolphins was somewhat destroyed when it was revealed that a gang of male dolphins will harass a female and then rape her.
Tried something new today, the Sunday Brunch in the dinning room. It runs from 0900 to 1300 and features some spectacular food displays and total chaos in the room. For starters it is open seating resulting in Jenny and I being added to a table of eight to make up the numbers, they all knew each other and we were a bit of a spare wheel. Might be 'fun' for an organised group but not when half the group is waiting outside for the half that is already seated inside. Then there's a menu from which one can order a variety of dishes with waiters trying to deliver meals while at the same time we're invited to help ourselves from the buffet of fruits, breads, cheeses and sweets and cakes. Add to that the need for replacement cutlery depending on what food was obtained from the buffet. Above all that were people with camera, phones and iPads wanting to take photos - including me.
Time to burn some photos to USB sticks for Joseph the cabin steward and James for his memories. Then it will be time to start packing all the gear and selecting clothing for tomorrow's trip home. Time now is 1530 and we're all packed and sitting back reading while we wait for meal time having done all the packing. We must be learning how to do things efficiently, I don't remember being this ready this early before.
Before dinner we listened to the choir singing a medley of songs to wish us goodbye, they make a beautiful sound for a thrown together group and limited time for practice. Dinner was a subdued affair, Marilyn and Jim dropped in to say goodbye then went off to watch the Grand Final, so there was just George, James and the two of us.
Jenny was suitably embarrassed when a group of waiters sang Happy Birthday and presented her with a small cake. Shortly after that we were asked to stamp, clap and cheer as the Assistant Waiters and the Junior Cooks staged the Bomb Alaska parade around the dining room. With my normal ice-cream and Jenny's cake the slice of Bomb Alaska was really an over-kill.
Handshakes and hugs all around and we returned to the stateroom. I finished this blog and will post it tonight as a final dash at using up a little of Jenny's Internet allocation. It is an embarrassment to be left with about 400 minutes but the connection is almost unworkable. Will place a final entry from home in the next few days. Thanks for following this drivle 8-)
Heading home tomorrow.
My photos are posted each day to http://365project.org/tonydebont/365
Cheers ... Tony