Thursday, 6 October 2011
Welcome to Thursday in the north atlantic!
In case you’re wondering what’s been happening ...... We left the beautiful city of Quebec with every intention of returning sometime - now, if we'd been on either of the other two cruise ships leaving harbour at the same time then we would have been back the same day!!! GALE FORCE ELEVEN winds hit our ship and swells of 7-8m made for a very interesting ride throughout Wednesday October 5th. Our Cruise Director said that, in 30 years aboard ship he had only previously sailed a gale Force TEN!!! Hmmf. Naturally all outside activities were cancelled and walkways closed off - like we could have gotten the doors open anyway!!! Most people took to their cabins as cutlery and glasses were falling from tables, lifts out of action and people discovering the joys of seasickness! I'm a terrible sailor and had previously been taking tablets so felt absolutely fine. The planned entertainment got cancelled as the entertainers had virtually no chance on the stage! Instead we were treated to the backing band playing sounds of the big bands instead - I retired early. HOWEVER, one of the gas turbines caught fire during the show and generated an alarm - all of the crew were summoned to their muster stations and the kennels evacuated!! OH MY - you should have seen the passengers darting to their state rooms and dressing in warm clothes - you'd have thought we were on the Titanic!!!! This morning dawned calm and balmy - well only a gale force six!, the outside deck walkways are still out of action but it's much pleasanter aboard and easier to move about too! We are likely to arrive back in New York two hours later than planned (unlike the other two vessels who will arrive a minimum of 24 hours late and possibly more) making our approach to New York at 06:30 so we hope to get some nice dawn approach shots - yee haa - that's IF we can persuade ourselves to get up early! In the meantime I’m rather proud of my solo performance at the Rock and Roll music trivia quiz where I scored 11 out of 15 (the highest score being 13) and besides .... who remembers the lemon drops?!?!?!
Here are some shots taken recently and I hope to put a short video of the gale force 6 seas on my blog if you want to take a look - I couldn't get a video of the gale force 10 as it was just too bad - hard enough to stay upright let alone aim a camera!!
Hope you are all enjoying your day, can’t believe our pals disembark to fly home to the U.K. tomorrow!