Day 39 – 12 Feb – At Sea
We received a cruise log for the first segment. Find it HERE
Other letters are posted under the menu 2018 World Cruise Reference
Paul Adam, the comedian from last night, was the guest for Coffee Chat. He took over the interview and basically did another show touching on a wide variety of topics. He has been a professional comedian for over 20 years with extensive experience on cruise ships. Paul has been on numerous HAL ships and world cruises over the years and shared many humorous anecdotes about his interactions with guests and staff on other cruises.
Cruise Critic Meet and Greet #2
Today was our second Cruise Critic Meet and Greet for the cruise. As expected, attendance was down, probably by 50% from the first meeting, but everyone present had a good time catching up with people and meeting a few new faces who joined us in Sydney. The first slot pull was so popular that Jerry decided to organize another one sometime soon.
I had another good day with Texas Hold’em and won the only tournament I played today. There are 3 tournaments every day, sometimes 4. People start lining up at 7:30 to sign up when the casino cage opens at 9 AM. I don’t get there until they open and always get the 3 PM game and somethings one other.
Port Arthur Cancelled
Captain Jonathan came over the public-address system this morning and announced a change to our schedule. Due to forecast heavy swells, Port Arthur was cancelled, and we would be leaving Hobart at 8PM instead of 4AM so we could get ahead of weather and allow us enough time to transit around the north coast of Tasmania rather than the southern coast. Although we would have enjoyed seeing Port Arthur, we also enjoy sea days so we were not too disappointed. Our plans for Port Arthur was to take a pre-arranged taxi to the Unzoo, visit a chocolate store and then return to the ship. Now that Port Arthur is cancelled, we only have one tender port remaining for this cruise: Kangaroo Island.
Read the Captains letter about our cancelled port HERE.
Dinner featured another Fresh Catch – Macadamia Crusted Barramundi. It was delicious. Our servers, Deden and Billy continue to impress us every evening with their outstanding service and good humor. Dinner is a major event of our daily routine and Deden and Billy are significant reasons we are enjoying our meals so much. Our wine steward, Kaye, celebrated her birthday while we were in Sydney and everyone at the table gave Kaye a small present.
Andy Joy was the featured entertainer this evening. If you look at the daily When and Where you will see Andy pictured with a variety of instruments, none of which is a piano. This is usually code for something unconventional. As it turned out, Andy runs a piano bar in Australia and he played a number of hits by Elton John, Billy Joel and more. Toward the middle of his show he pulled out an accordion and wowed us with his talent on that instrument. Andy put on a great show – don’t miss him whenever you have the chance.
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