Monday, 13 February 2012

3 Days At Sea

Friday, Saturday & Sunday February 10th, 11th & 12th - Days 37, 38, 39

Friday - woke up this morning with a sore throat (again!!) and sneezing so not feeling 100% today. I spent a lazy day on deck in the shade but I'm sure that I'll feel better tomorrow.

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John, the cruise director had invited us to his hosted table tonight for a formal dinner but I'm not feeling well enough to make conversation so it's just a quiet meal for two - Thai dinner at The Colonnade.

One of my blog followers had asked about dress code on formal nights and my reply was - I would say that the majority of men who go to the Main Restaurant wear a Tuxedo but many, including Vance, wear a dark suit with a tie or bow tie. At the other restaurants most just wear elegant casual - long trousers, shirt and jacket (no tie necessary).
Two hot toddies and off to bed for a good night's sleep and hopefully a full recovery,

Techie bits: At 11am we were:
25° south and 37° east
Travelling on a compass course of 093°
Speed = 19 knots
Apparent wind speed = 29 knots off the port  bow
Air temperature = 26°c (79°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 10197
Depth = 2320 metres
Humidity 66%
Sunrise = 6:12am  Sunset = 7.17pm

Saturday - Woke up feeling much better this morning. I can't believe it's Saturday as the days really drift into each other on sea days but worse than that...there's only sixteen days of the cruise left for us.

Half an hour clocks forward today at 2:30...kinesis this afternoon and I found it hard today as I think I'm still a bit tired after my sore excuse anyway!!
Tonight we dined at The Patio Grill with Peter and Joanie (of the white rhino bottom photo fame) and Nairn and Margery. Most of us had the garlic and herb roasted suckling pig which was delicious although Margery opted for the grilled branzino (fish) and Peter just had pizza. We had a fabulous evening laughing and joking under the stars and then it was off to the show to see the Irish comedian Adrian Walsh...only my opinion but I think the score so far is Wales 1 (Kenny Smiles) - Ireland 0...

Sunday - this morning the captain gave an announcement that we may not be able to go to Reunion Island tomorrow as cyclone Giovanna is hovering just north of the island on its path to Madagascar.
Half an hour clock change forward again today so we're now four hours ahead of UK time. Kinesis class again today...hard work out...phew!!

We have sailed at five knots all day and are still well south of Reunion waiting for a decision on whether it would be safe to go there or not. At 6:30pm the captain confirmed that we will not be going to Reunion but will be heading straight for Mauritius. We are now sailing due east instead of north east keeping well away from the cyclone but of course it means another day at sea tomorrow.

Techie bits: At 8am we were:
23° south and 51° east
Travelling on a compass course of 099°
Speed = 5 knots
Apparent wind speed = 17 knots off the starboard bow
Air temperature = 29°c (84°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 10990
Depth = 4960 metres
Humidity 67%
Sunrise = 5:51am  Sunset = 6:47pm

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