Tuesday, 13 November 2012
13.11.2012 - 13.11.2012
A very impressive sunrise greeted us this morning and it was a pleasure to see the sun despite some scattered clouds. A light breakfast consisting of fruit and a small helping of smoked salmon is my way of trying to get back into my pants.
First lecture today is by Dr Collins on the topic of 'The War of Jenkin's Ear'. He rambled through some of the causes of wars, how they changed the colonisation map as various European powers won and lost.
The next talk was by the ship's First Officer, a young man from New York. He took us through the process of planning, refining, executing and reviewing the plan for an itinerary. He also touched on the equipment used on board in the execution of the plan. He stressed that while all manner of electronic equipment is used, ultimately it is a human being that executes the action. He did well to field the many questions thrown at him considering the Captain had joined the audience. He also confirmed, in answer to a question, that no-one was left behind in Suva.
Just before lunch the ship crossed a trail of floating pomace or ash from an active volcano deep below the surface. We ran somewhat parallel to this slick for quite a while.
We met up with some acquaintances for lunch which was quite a pleasant way to spend the hour.
After lunch we attended a cooking demonstration by two of the ship's executive chefs. One produced an excellent 'herb crusted rack of lamb' on Moroccan couscous while the pastry chef produced a floating island on vanilla sauce with chocolate topping.
When we returned to the cabin we found the instruction sheet for tomorrow's Solar Eclipse and two sets of eclipse shades. There are also some tips on how to photograph the event.
Off to another excellent dinner and the show afterwards. We were treated to the very fine voice of Jackie Love. Cup of tea on Deck 10 and back to the cabin for an early night