Days 5 and 6 - Sea days toward Darwin

Trip Start Feb 04, 2012
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Trip End Mar 01, 2012


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On ship days five and six

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, February 9, 2012

Day five and six at sea

Today was a sailing day, so we amused ourselves around the ship. Besides the 24-hour food buffet, out on the top deck in the morning is an omelet station and a coffee/tea station where pastries are offered as well as freshly made Belgian waffles.  So we had our breakfast in the open air on the top deck, and then attended another Port Lecture.  This lecture was on Port Darwin, which we will be at on Day Seven.  These port lectures are extremely helpful for planning our visits in ports.  The ship offers tours but we haven't booked any of them.  We decided to book one for Darwin but it was sold out, so we will merely get off the ship and make our way to several points we found intriguing from the Port Lecture.

There were many activities planned by the Cruise Director, including Onboard Outlet Sales (of things I am totally not interested in buying).  At any time of day or night one can find some live music, and on this day we sat in the Atrium (mid ship) and listened to the string quartet and their wide range of musical styles.  There are many very expensive shops around the three levels of the atrium, none of which grab me.  I didn’t get on a 23-day cruise to shop, but it is interesting to watch people filling the shops and carrying out their goods. 

On sea days, a special lunch buffet is set up in the open upper deck, so on this day there were two special options.  We took in both options!  First we went to one of the restaurants for a Pub Lunch.  It was basically fish and chips, curry chicken, battered prawns and chips, and a dessert trifle.  Yum.  Then we went to the outdoor buffet featuring pies – meat pies and dessert pies.  I can’t even begin to explain how incredibly delicious they were.  AND how incredibly tempting everything is!

So while on a food roll, we went to afternoon tea, where white-gloved, black-bow-tied men served us.  They came around with platters of little tea sandwiches and platters of unique desserts.  Not just once did they stop at our table, but many times.  Oh yes, we actually did have tea, too.

Right after lunch on the upper deck was an ice carving demonstration.  Two men from the Philippines were the carvers, and a narrator explained that in their country, learning to be ice sculptor was a part of what fathers taught their sons.  These guys rapidly transformed two very large chunks of ice into a fish and a horse.  It was amazing to watch. 

On the plane ride to the Great Barrier Reef we met a couple from Michigan, and we invited them today to our balcony room in the afternoon for some great conversation.  Think we will be getting together with them more on this trip. 

We have found on every cruise we have taken, there is an art auction.  It’s a big business, and works are featured by some of the great painters of the world.  Peter went to the auction today, and he said it was so jam packed with people he left (but not before getting his free glass of champagne!).  We will try again another day.  He did see two paintings sell for $4000, so obviously people come on these cruises with the intent to buy art.    Who would have guessed?

I took in a Bon Jovi concert streamed live from Chicago on the jumbo tron outdoors.  After dinner we went to a second and new show by Karen Beckett.  We both have really enjoyed her music and show.  The rest of the evening we wandered around the ship and listened to parts of various shows – a pianist, a Canadian male quartet, a shipboard band, and then turned in for the night.   Another great day. 
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