I ordered a pot of tea and turned on music while I considered my day's itinerary. First off I attended Mass for Holy Thursday. Then returned to the stateroom to collect computers and set to work in the Atlantic Room. I completed a good chunk of my work in the morning until the echoing booms of thunder won my attention. We traveled in and out of rainy weather with thunder storms moving around the ship as she navigated the seas. I went to deck 12, where I found JoRina sitting by the pool just about to head off to the Golden Lion for Trivia, to assess the weather and our course. We set out on a westerly course to cross the Bay of Bengal between Thailand and India.
We sailed out of the storms into sunny weather with lessening cloud cover. The sounds of the ocean giving way to the ship, accompanied by the subtle hum of the engines were significantly quieter than the distant thunder claps. At 11:30 I went to the Chefs Galley for a pizza before dance class where we reviewed the quick step. With the new instructors method of teaching my dance figures are becoming smoother.
I was eager to secure a seat in the Royal Court Theater to listen to Cunard's Captain Oprey and Commodore Lowe of the Royal Navy lecture about security measures taken while traveling in pirate infested waters, so I arrived early with a book in hand.
As a security measure, three armed security guards hired by Cunard will board the ship tonight and stay with us until we reach the Suez Canal in addition to the escorting Navy ship. We will officially enter dangerous waters at midnight tonight. Passengers were directed to turn off stateroom lights when not required, close windows and balcony doors, not to use balcony lights at all, and to follow a curfew disallowing access to deck 7 promenade deck from dusk to dawn that is in in force to provide lookouts with full night vision to the sides and aft end of the ship. Water hoses have been rigged and additional auditory alarms will be attached to the ship. To familiarize passengers and crew of these security measures there will be a safety drill tomorrow morning.
I took a nap after the lecture until it was time for us to dress (formal) for dinner and dancing. Dinner was pleasant and delicious. After dinner I I finished a work project then went to the Royal Court Theater to listen to four talented opera singers perform. I left early to attend the Asian Ball in the Queens Room. During our real our new dance instructors performed beautifully and the Royal Cunard Singers performed songs from Miss Saigon that was extraordinary. I continued to dance till midnight and then went to deck 7 for a late night snack. I met up with JoRina and we talked about pirate security before turning in for the night. Tonight we turn our clocks back 1/2 hour.
I was the first one up this morning only because I was unable to return to a restful state as early as 6AM. JoRina soon followed and went straight to the gym. The morning progressed slowly with no sense of urgency at all. By 7:30 I stepped outside on the balcony and found the sun had long since risen and was trailing behind the ship.