Days 11 & 12 - Rockin' the boat en route Hong Kong

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


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Two more days at sea – the last of the five day sea stretch from Darwin, Australia, to Hong Kong.  Our route continued through the Moro Gulf and Basilan Straight, and transit of the Sulu Sea.  I decided to mention the names of all these seas because I had no idea about how many seas are named within the greater ocean.  I find it very interesting and when I get to a map, I’m going to check all these out and where exactly they are positioned. 
Sea days have more programming than port-of-call days.  The ship has a huge spa, with an acupuncturist and a plastic surgeon (and many other therapists) who give seminars on health and well-being.  I have attended several of these, but more than that I continue to enjoy lecture series that are offered.  Geoff Grey, the Australian lecturer, did a very interesting piece on “Obama, the Pacific President – Will he be re-elected?”, and John Maxtone-Graham a series of two lectures on expeditions to the north and south poles.  He has the ability to make the stories of the lives of explorers come to life and they are fascinating, touching stories. 
I watched a “Movie Under the Stars” – “I Don’t Know How She Does It” starring Sarah Jessica Parker, (Peter lasted about 10 minutes on this one), and a show by a violinist, Daniel Weltlinger.  We are continually astounded by the quality of all these shows, all included in the price of the trip itself.  Ship life is a continual “orgy” of food and entertainment. 
Weather conditions worsened on the second of these sea days and waves and swell of the ocean were up to about 12 feet; the movement of the boat was more and more bouncy.  At this stage it is called a “moderate” sea condition.  When the ocean is more rough, the ship has to slow down.  I was starting to feel the effects of motion sickness, so didn’t eat much of the noon German buffet, even though I love that kind of food.  By about 3pm I was in our stateroom, lying down and then I got tremendously sick.  No details are necessary, but Peter called the ship’s doctor who recommended some medication.  The rest of the last of five days at sea I spent in bed in a miserable state.  I do NOT like this part of ocean travel.  Not at all.
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