Day 17 Wednesday 3 April: The Mediterranean Sea
This was our last day at sea before Malta and it started with blue skies. At breakfast we enjoyed the company of a couple who shared my enthusiasm for visiting out of the way places to see planes.
After breakfast we went straight to the talk on the A6 murders. This had occurred while I was at school and I was fascinated to have the details of what happened explained. The number one question that was answered was that modern DNA testing confirmed that the original conviction was sound. The police had really caught the killer without the benefit of modern technology.
Our daily routine continued with a 2 mile walk around the Promenade Deck. All this exercise was probably undone when I had a mixed grill for lunch. As we chatted with our table companions we discovered that they were from Crowthorne and lived not far away from us. Small world!
I chilled out after lunch and read my book. The weather was so good that we went back to the Promenade Deck and walked another 2 miles.
A passing ship.
At 6 pm the captain updated is on the ships expected arrival in Valletta. His current plan was to arrive at midnight and be docked by 1 am.
We met our friends at 7 pm in the Blue Bar for a pre-dinner drink before joining the queue for a table in the Ligurian restaurant.
At dinner I had my favourite starter of spring rolls then next I had a Waldorf salad. My main course was a pork chop cooked using an Austrian menu it and was delicious.
Over dinner the confusion continued as to when we would get our passports back. Reception had been updating enquiries with different times or even the need for passenger staying on board to even pick up their passports in the morning when we were in the Valetta.
After dinner we went to see Mark Shortland magic show. Again this was very similar to the other times that we have seen in perform.
From the Cruise Log
Wednesday 3 April – At Sea
Noon Position 35°14’N 018°27’E
Wind Northerly Force 4
Weather Clear, Dry
Oceana’s final sea day saw her continue on the west north-westerly course of 290°T at a speed of around 16 knots.