Weather Forecast: Sunny High 82 / Low 77
Sunrise 7:15 am / Sunset 6:58 pm
New Time Zone, one hour ahead
From the Navigator: Throughout the day, Coral Princess will continue to maintain a southwesterly course across the Caribbean Sea towards the island of Aruba. The Caribbean Sea is part of the Atlantic Ocean and lies between the Islands of the Greater and Lesser Antillies and the coasts of South and Central America. It covers an area of over 2,500,000 km2 and is considered one of the World’s most marine-rich bodies of water.
We spent this day mostly wandering around and eating.
Tom had a Veteran’s Gathering that started about 15 minutes before Pop Choir so he started there then joined me in choir.
We learned the difference between port and starboard. According to our guest lecturer, “starboard” is from the old practice of having a steering oar on one side of the ship with the right side thought to be chosen simply because most people are right handed.
The word starboard comes from Old English steorbord, literally meaning the side on which the ship is steered.
The captains didn’t want to damage their oars, so they usually docked with the left side facing the port – and that became the port side.
I saw an interesting brown bird. Tom said he thought that it was a frigate bird but that they couldn’t get wet. When I saw the bird dive into the water and come up with a fish, it disproved one or both of Tom’s thoughts.
This may have been what Tom was thinking of:
Frigate birds cannot plunge like pelicans, when wet they can’t take off without difficulty. If their wing span got fully wet it might drown them. Even with a 90 inch wing span water sopping adult frigate birds may have trouble from taking off in water. Surface dipping and fixed habitat feeding may explain species limitations in survival.
I settled down in my chair with my book and most likely dozed off for a bit. Next thing I knew, 2 (or more) women were talking behind me. I heard the entire life story of one of them, I think.
Then, I had a little headache and an ache at the back of my neck. We went to MUTS to see Mamma Mia! and my headache got a lot worse so we left.
By the time we got back to the cabin, the headache circled my whole head. I took 2 Tylenol (the only thing I’m allowed to take post-kidney cancer) and lay down a bit with a pillow over my head. Then 2 more.
About 7ish, I was feeling mostly better so I got up and we went to eat, followed by the movie Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks.
We decided that one of the library talking-women was wearing a perfume I was allergic to. Tom will be more aware of potential scents in the future.
We had a small bit of rain…
With the new time, my watch is correct again. Now I have to remember not to keep subtracting an hour.
Up about 8:30 and started drinking coffee on the balcony and writing in this blog.
At 10:30 we went for breakfast at the Garden Cafe. They were almost closed. Yesterday they closed for breakfast at 11. Today, 10:30. By the time the cruise is over, maybe there will be no breakfast.
Walked around, read, nap, lazy day…
My wrist broke out in a rash so I won’t be wearing the watch anymore anyway. Aloe vera seemed to help.
More pictures from Deck 13:
Off to the Mongolian HotPot.
Several staff asked if we were familiar with this process and we were able to say that we were since we’d eaten at this very place on a previous cruse.
We were talking to the chef while he cooked and he said that this ship was the only one with a Hot Pot restaurant. Most of the others had the Chinese and Teppanyaki like we do but with Sushi as the third choice. Glad we’re on the HotPot cruise 🙂
Our appetizers were steamed vegetable dumplings, seaweed salad and edaname,
My dessert was green tea cake with green tea ice cream. Tom had a variety of fruits with coconut sauce and a mango sauce.
We stopped by the store again but didn’t buy anything then did our evening walk around the decks
The show tonight is the comedian David Naster from the first night. Didn’t go.
Our towel tonight was a swan (or a turkey?)
This is very similar to our cabin:
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The other ones aren’t worth my time typing out since they’re talking about the Art Gallery, Colombian Emeralds and other “selling things”.
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Today’s Forecast: Chance of Rain 77F/25C
Sunrise: 7:10 am
Sunset: 5:44 pm
- Day Two, At Sea – November 18 (maryoblog.com)