Day 7 Thursday 25th October on the Atlantic
The clocks may have changed but I was still waking up early. I watched the sun begin to rise accompanied by our neighbours were chanting their prayers.
Breakfast was again in the Oriental and after yet another chatty breakfast we headed out onto the Promenade deck for our 3 mile walk. The starboard side was in the shade and was almost empty apart from the odd smoker. The port side was in the full sun and was very hot.
We tried looking at the stern for some sunbeds but most were occupied by people, towels or simply books. I gave up and went back to the cabin to read. I cranked up the air-con and lay on the bed to read as our balcony was now in the full sun.
Glasshouse for lunch
We decided to go to the Glasshouse for lunch more as a substitute for finding somewhere to sit outside. There was a different menu on this day and we choose the cod and chips.
Rather than have the Boom Boom we had Black Shiraz. This wine went down even better than the Boom Boom.
Afternoon on the balcony
After lunch the sun was off our balcony so we could sit and read in the shade. Our neighbours were having an argument on their balcony later in the afternoon. The only word that seem to be used began with an ‘F’. Oh the joys of P&O on sea days!
Once everything had calmed down peace returned again to the port side and we could get back to reading in peace.
The sunset promised to be interesting so I went up to Deck 16 forward to see if indeed it delivered.
They were only a handful of other observers on the deck. Up there it was very windy but I persevered. Once the sun had dipped below the clouds on the horizon the clouds above the ship were just glorious.
Dinner and then a show
After changing we went to the Planet Bar for our usual pre-dinner drinks.
Dinner was once again Gravalax and Cobb salad. The amount of salmon this evening with nearly double that in earlier meals and it tasted great. My main was chicken Ciccarrone and I helped my diet by skipping the included rice. Desert was my second favourite of Summer Berry pudding – what diet?
The Playhouse Theatre was not as full as before for the Headliners’ show. This evening was the first time that we had seen ‘Evolution’. The show told a story about two tribes coming together with lots of symbolism in it (I assumed that anyway!) The instrumental interludes allowed to cast to make costume changes as they moved from one tribe to the other.
The final ‘merged’ tribes’ costumes owed their style to Las Vegas showgirls’ costumes. As the show finished more than usual ‘bolters’ headed for the exit before the house lights came on.
We had an overnight clock change.
From the Captain’s Log
At Sea (Noon Posn: 32° 45.7’N, 038° 45.3’W)
As we continued our voyage the seas gradually began to transition from slight to moderate with the swell fluctuating between short and low to average and moderate. The officers on watch again ensured that the stabiliser fins were deployed to mitigate the worst of the swell and ensure a more comfortable ride for guests and crew.
Weather: Cloud covering half the sky, dry conditions
Wind: Variable, Force 4