Are we fed up with days at sea? Not at all. Often the toughest call of the day is what to miss and this was a day when sacrifices had to be made – if you can call cruising with a great crew and on a great ship having any sacrifices at all of course.
Day two of the Tangoette but I just about managed to catch up, though the floor was so crowded that movement was just about impossible. Why so crowded? Because Alana is such a great teacher with a wonderful sense of humour and after 3 weeks, numbers have hardly dropped off at all.
I stayed on for the passenger talent show put Paula had to scoot off for some hair work where the quote was $80 for colouring. She wasn’t best pleased to be hit with a further $40 for the wash and dry...
The talent show had 12 acts (I think) from an excellent rendition of the Banjo Patterson poem “Man from Snowy River” (a bit long though for a talent show) and a self penned poem on Cinderella, to Brian’s wonderful mime to a Frank Sinatra hit, complete with speeding up and slowing down, various crashes and bangs etc. Cecille sang unaccompanied to an Edith Piaf hit (in French) and another guy sang unaccompanied but wasn’t so hot nor a duo - who sang separately anyway.
Two guys played guitar and sang, one doing a Willie Nelson number and the other a Buddy Holly hit. Star for me however was Marilyn’s splendid Patsy Cline hit, “Crazy over You”. I videoed some acts but strangely, the Princess didn’t, which is a shame for the performers. I have been busy converting a couple of acts onto DVD for them, so I must stock up with more blank DVDs soon.
Up on deck for “the boat race”. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a camera with me but I know Joanne did, so check out her blog. Just three amazing creations, but all achieved the challenge.
The quiz was notable for 15 questions we had had previously – and we still didn’t do particularly well...
Before dinner, we went to the multi instrumentalist, but the sound booth guys didn’t do a brilliant job. Hopefully the sound will be better tomorrow when Michael joins musical director Tim on his ragtime session.
The final dinner before Dubai has the famed “Bombe Alaska” parade through the dining room.
We tried to get to the theatre for the 10pm Staff show, but were too late for a seat so opted to sit out on deck as it was being shown on the MUTS. Quite frankly, I don’t know why we bothered . The sound quality was terrible and the picture quality even worse. We couldn’t even recognise the participants yet 30% of the screen showed the front ten rows of the audience and showed the full width of the stage even though only 60% was being used. A very lazy presentation and not fair on either passengers or performers.
The captain has managed to make up a bit of time so ETA at Dubai is now 8pm rather than 10pm. They have also granted us an extra $100 on board credit for the inconvenience. Did you know that there are sand storms this far from land? What we thought was mist, isn’t.