Helen & Vance's Journey on the Maiden World Cruise of the Seabourn Quest from Fort Lauderdale to Singapore from January 5th until February 28th 2012.
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Sunday, 15 January 2012
At Sea Off The Coast Of South America
Friday January 13th - Day 9
Caught the sun yesterday so being careful today - spent the
morning in the Square reading the Daily Mail, coffee (no Danish today - being
good!!) and also had a long chat with Murat the Guest Services Manager.
Vance is already talking about cruising on The Quest next
January so he went to see Lindsay the future cruise sales manager and has a
price for the first two segments next year which will start in Fort Lauderdale
on January 6th, cruise through the Caribbean to the Pacific ocean via the
Panama Canal then visit several islands in the Pacific on route to Sydney. We
are supposed to visit Rarotonga which we should have visited last year but due
to bad weather we never made it. I won't hold my breath in anticipation of ever
seeing that island.
The ship then sails up the east coast of Oz to Cairns and
Thursday Island before crossing to several islands in Indonesia finally
arriving in Hong Kong on March 9th. So another possible 61 days cruise for us.
Formal night tonight so we reserved a lovely table for six
guests in the "high ceilings" area which is located in the very centre
of the restaurant where we were joined by four friends. Thanks to Andre the
Maitre d' for sorting it out for us.
Open mike joke night in The Observation Bar after dinner at
11pm. It was advertised with a disclaimer saying 'If you are easily offended
please avoid this lounge for 45 minutes as we cannot edit what happens here
tonight' ......it was definitely good advice. It was such fun I laughed and
laughed. Vance's contribution was two brilliant jokes, well received despite
being a little risqué.
In bed by just after midnight...bet we are not up at 7:00am...zzzzzzzzz
Techie bits again. At 8am this morning we were: 0° north / south and 43°
Travelling on a compass course of 119°
Speed = 17 knots
Wind speed = 28 knots from the north east
Air temperature = 27°c (81°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 2707
Sea depth = 3340 metres