Day 13, At Sea – Enroute to Nuka Hiva, 16 January 2018
A Lazy Day at Sea
The beautiful weather continues as we sail towards Nuka Hiva. There was a little more deck motion than there has been over the past few days, but only the people most prone to seasickness are probably affected. You see a few people walking around with patches behind their ears, but the front desk has yet to put out a bowl of green apples and soda crackers.
Room Service Breakfast
Our day begins with a hot room service breakfast. The room service hang tag menu for this Grand Voyage is identical to any other Holland America cruise and like our previous cruises room service staff is very accommodating towards handwritten changes to the preprinted menu.
Breakfast is always delivered on time and at the perfect temperature. Occasionally I will wander up to the Lido deck and get some French Toast, waffles or pancakes. I haven’t tried writing these requests on the hangtag menu, but I would guess there’s good chance if I did they would be delivered.
Judy continues to enjoy her Tai Chi class. They may have to start blocking the door to prevent people who want to get an early seat for the follow-on lecture from entering during the Tai Chi class and disrupting the concentration of the students.
Martin Beaumont was the guest this morning for coffee chat. We learned that at one point his stage name was Dave Dave which he chose so it would be distinctive and easy to remember. He did mention that having a distinctive name can sometimes work against you if you had a bad show. He shared an amusing anecdote from experience on a Carnival cruise where he performed on the very first day while people were still checking in and the show bombed. He explained that unlike when you do poorly on land where you can simply go home, on a cruise ship you will be staying in the area for another week and have to suffer hecklers while lounging by the pool.
I played three games of Texas hold ‘em today, winning one and losing the other two. For my winning game, it was down to myself and my Texas hold ‘em mentor and tablemate, Rick. At this point in the game the blinds are $3200 and $6400 and with a total of $40,000 in play the winner is decided more by luck than by skillful play. We did have an interesting finish because as it turned out for the last hand we both had exactly $20,000 left. I managed to pair up on the flop to beat Rick’s high card.
I have learned knitting, purling and am starting to learn ribbing.
Judy is making great progress on her shawl called “Starting Point”, the details will be posted soon on her Ravelry page.
Lunch with Sarah Chandler
We sat by the pool again for lunch, and were pleased when Sarah Chandler walked by and was able to join us. As you recall, Sarah is an amazing saxophonist, performer and a wonderful person. Halfway through our lunch, Helen Wilding stopped by and joked that she was being mistaken for Sarah and was getting many compliments on her amazing saxophone performance. Helen is the amazing singer we saw earlier, and she does bear a resemblance towards Sarah.
Judy is having a great time in the drawing class. Today they learned how to draw an Owl. Shown in this picture is a humorous directions which say “Draw some circles – then draw the owl”
Judy made the crafts cut today. Here is a picture of the sample and what her completed project looked like.
Our table assembled once again for pub trivia at 5 PM in the piano bar. We are having a good time playing but we certainly won’t win the best triva team contest anytime soon. One of our teammates, Dawn, knew immediately that an octopus had three hearts, much to our amazement. None of us knew that Deborah Winger was the voice of the character E.T.
Prime rib was on the menu this evening and it was ordered by most of the people at our table. Judy likes to get an end cut and her request is always satisfied.
Martin Beaumont was the headliner this evening and he put on a fantastic performance. His first show was outstanding, and he managed to improve on his success with his second show which was even better.
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