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An Unplanned Day At Sea

Partly cloudy—with some sun today and a bit cooler with temperatures in the low to mid 70’s. Waves are still running around 11 feet.

Today was the day that we were scheduled to visit Pitcairn Island. However, due to a medical emergency, it was necessary for the ship to bypass Pitcairn and head straight on to Easter Island (or Rapa Nui, as the natives call it). The rumor about the ship is that one of the passengers fell and either broke or dislocated her hip. Dr. Paula Smith, our historical lecturer, had told us yesterday that landing on Pitcairn is an “iffy” thing because the island lacks any sheltered harbor or docking facilities. She stated that of the seven times she has tried to visit Pitcairn Island, she has been able to actually get ashore only twice. With that in mind, we resigned ourselves to the fact that even had we reached Pitcairn, we may not have been able to visit it...so perhaps it is for the best. The ship’s captain did announce that our revised itinerary will have us reaching Easter Island a day earlier so we will have additional time to explore there.

So what did we do on this “extra” day at sea?

We began with breakfast in The Terrace Restaurant; the French toast was excellent! Then we toddled off to the Marina auditorium where Madame Paula hosted a “light-hearted look” at all the kings and queens of England from 1066 to the present. It seems that over the centuries, skirt chasing and other scandals have been rampant in the royal families. We were quite entertained. Afterwards, we went our separate ways to walk or read or cross-stitch.

Lunch was in the Grand Dining Room. We had promised ourselves that we would eat lightly, because Jerry made reservations for another dinner tonight in the French restaurant, Jacques. But, honestly, how can you stop yourself from eating when there is so much good food all around?
More reading and relaxing in the afternoon until 5 p.m. when the four of us met in the Horizon Lounge for happy hour. Jerry and Michelle were already there enjoying the afternoon tea. We had a good time playing UNO for an hour or so. Great company and good fun!
Returning to our rooms, we freshened up for our 8:00 p.m. dinner reservation. Although we had just eaten at Jacques a couple of evenings past, the menu is extensive enough to try something different at several sittings. Needless to say, we enjoyed everything. Although we ate at a leisurely pace once again (we weren’t finished until after 10:00 p.m.), we were stuffed by the time we finished the last dessert and bid each other good night. Before sliding into bed, we had to reset our clocks one hour ahead; we will lose another hour as we cruise to the east.
Tomorrow promises to be more of the same, but none of us are complaining…!

Posted by jeburns55 15:52

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