Day 4 Tuesday 27th September: the Atlantic
The ship’s fog horn was sounding to announce her presence at 7:45 am. The horn sounded continued regularly, and eventually I opened the curtains and Sky Princess was completely enveloped in fog!
Under the door we had received overnight our first piece of extra paperwork.
This was the Canadian customs forms. Luckily only one per cabin was needed. We filled in the form before going upstairs to Deck 16 for breakfast. The buffet was very busy. In the Marketplace we again found a table. As we watched after 10 am the crowds noticeably thinned out.
We added extra layers on and went up to Deck 18 to walk around the jogging track. We were battered by wind either on the fronts or our backs. This was very tiring, especially as some of the gusts were so strong that walking was very hard or even keeping a balance.
On one of our laps we noticed a ship’s photographer taking pictures after a wedding onboard.
Back in the Piazza, we sat in the bar area, and after a couple of drinks, we again went to the International Café for a warm sandwich in the Plaza. Afterwards there was a paper aeroplane. Unfortunately mine flew to the side and did not fly straight at all!
One of the ships technicians came to have a look at the nonworking USB charger in our cabin. A surprise to me was that the port in the lamp would charge all the devices but not my iPhone. It seems that the replacement lamp’s electronics would not charge modern smart phones. It was just my luck that my lamp was a new one that had been added after the ship had left the shipyard.
As we described in the first blog of this cruise, Sky Princess, was running with COVID guidelines. Guests (and crew) had to wear masks when indoors in public spaces. When guests were eating or drinking we were asked to “Sip and Cover”. This meant replacing masks after eating or drinking. The middle section of our deck had the fire doors closed with a notice asking guests not to enter as this was quarantine area.
After a restful afternoon reading, we were again at the Captain’s Circle in the Vista lounge. Malbec was again available and we enjoyed a long conversation with another couple. So long in fact that we left the lounge close to the event closing at 7 pm.
We were then much later for dinner. We were lucky on our table companions and great conversations. It was fast becoming a habit as again we were some of the last people to leave the restaurant.
Mary Simon in the Crown Grill Bar
As we made our way along Deck 7, Mary Simon was singing. I sat down to listen while Linda went to the casino (and luckily she won again!). At the end of the second set we were calling for songs and had several songs chosen towards the end of her gig. Mary came over and joined us. We chatted about her experiences gigging on ships. This trip she was luckily in a state room, rather than sharing a cabin below on the crew decks.
We went off to bed at 1:30 am.
The good news is that the clocks changed by one hour again.