Day 35 – At Sea 8 Feb Gala Night – Under the sea theme
As we sail across the Tasman sea, the ship’s motion is constant, but not enough to disrupt any activities or bring out the green apples at the front desk.
Judy started her day with Tai Chi where they have progressed to the “Punch Ears” step.
Judy is progressing well on the Starting Point Shawl and she should be finished it soon. Others in our group are working on projects that are suitable for knitting where you don’t have to concentrate as much on changing stitches or careful counting. Margaret has started her second project with the possum blend yarn she bought in Tauranga. Judy saw that the circular needles she bought weren’t pointed enough and loaned Margaret her high-end Signature Needle Arts Circulars. Margaret immediately felt the difference between the needles and was happy to have better needles to knit her project. I am still working on my first project and haven’t made much progress in the last week.
Casino and Lady Luck
I was able to sign up for 2 Texas Hold’em games today, losing the first and winning the second. My great lucky streak continued in the afternoon when I hit a big jackpot on one of the slot machines. The new machines are so complicated I can’t really tell anymore what is supposed to happen. I put $20 in a penny machine while waiting for the second Hold’em game and started playing the maximum which means that a “penny” machine is really a $3 machine. After $12 of my $20 was gone, I hit 3 Crystal Bells which triggered some bonus which gave me 12 free plays – and then I maxed out another bonus when the machine stopped spinning I had won over $900.
People are getting to Crafts earlier and earlier each day. Since the classes are in the Lido at 2:30, many people arrive for lunch around 12:30 and then remain in their seat until the start of class. A recent trend is for the craft projects to be passed out well in advance of the scheduled start time – and on some days the projects have been passed out over one hour early. Unfortunately, this simply encourages people to get their even earlier. At the rate things are going, people wanting to do crafts may arrive for breakfast and never leave.
There was no drawing class today as the Wajang theatre was used for a lecture by the Environmental Officer, Eddie.
Today was the deadline to enter photos for the first photo contest of the cruise. There were 4 categories: People, Landscapes, Wildlife and Around the World. Judy entered four pictures.
Under the Sea
Tonight was a Gala Night with the theme “Under the Sea.” The dining room was decked out with blue lighting and the wait staff was wearing blue themed uniforms. Lobster tails and Chateaubriand were popular choices for dinner. As I have reported earlier, I have yet to spot anyone wearing the minimum gala attire of dress slacks and a collared shirt.
The HAL singers and dancers returned to the Queen’s Lounge this evening for their show titled “Nations”. The show featured a variety of numbers that highlighted songs and dancing styles from around the world. The dancers on this cruise are exceptionally talented and have been amazing during all of their performances this cruise.
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