Tuesday, 24 January 2012

At Sea Crossing The Atlantic

Saturday January 21st - Day -17

We now have five days at sea crossing the Atlantic from Rio to the island of St. Helena. For some people this will be too long a period without stepping on terra firma but Vance and I really enjoy the restful time and the social buzz around the ship which seems to get greater the longer you are at sea.
Today we received a note from Vitor the hotel manager to say that there will be four hours worth of time changes between now and Cape Town. With this in mind the captain has decided to soften the blow for both guests and crew and the clocks will be put forward by thirty minutes at 2pm for the next four days and then again between St. Helena and Namibia (2 days) and the final hour change will be made at night as usual  just before we arrive in Cape Town.
So at 2pm today our clocks read 2:30pm. Vance made our lunch party laugh when a waiter asked him at about 1:59pm if he would like another glass of wine. Vance replied 'no thanks I'll wait until 2:30pm' ....with that the ship's intercom announced the time had changed and Vance said 'OK I'll have that wine now thanks'...you had to be there of course!!
This afternoon Vance finally managed to 'bag'  a Massage Moment - a complimentary 10 minute massage on deck...lovely ...I have pictures!!. The problem is - as Seabourn obviously intend  - he loved it so much he now wants to book the full one hour ($140) massage...no chance!!
Thai menu in The Colonnade tonight so we couldn't resist it...it was brilliant especially the green chicken curry. Very romantic as the sun set behind us off the bow of the ship as we dined by candlelight.
Techie bits: At 8am we were: 23° south and 39° west
Travelling on a compass course of 084°
Speed = 18 knots
Apparent wind speed = 37 knots off port bow
Air temperature = 25°c (77°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 4876
Sea depth = 3100 metres
Humidity = 67%

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