Monday, 19 November 2012
19.11.2012 - 19.11.2012
With a change of time-zone the sunrise was due at 0519 and I was awake well before the alarm at 0445. My initial impression on reaching Deck 11 was not at all favourable. There was another photographer on the aft deck as the sky changed colour and we were treated to a glorious sunrise.
Back to the cabin for a shower and change of clothes and a quick breakfast at the buffet on Deck 10 - still working in the restrictive 'full service' mode. Next item on the schedule was the meeting with the Australian Immigration officials for a cursory check of our passports.
Jenny went off to one of the trivia sessions and I went off to photograph the various art objects at the landings between decks in each of the stairwells.
There were no significant lectures or other activities so I retired to the Cellar Master bar on deck 5 to read my Kindle. Some time later I fell into conversation with an interesting gentleman who lives in Auckland. Born in England, roamed the world as youth, married a Dutch lady and now resides in New Zealand with his second wife. He showed me a small article in an Auckland weekend newspaper reporting that there had been an alleged assault on one of the passengers by a member of the crew. Nice bit of gossip !!
A light lunch in anticipation of a significant evening meal, I even skipped the ice-cream stand !!
Spent most of the afternoon making up for the very early start. Later we dressed for the last formal night of the cruise. I ordered the lobster tail but found it somewhat tough and rubbery, I mentioned this to Cedric who immediately conjured up another one, it was only marginally better but I felt obliged to eat it :-)
The clock is set back another hour tonight which brings us back to Eastern Australian Daylight Savings Time. Must be very close to being home.