Monday, November 12, 2018 – Third Sea Day
I woke up around 2:00 a.m. and felt a weird motion of the ship. Felt like riding a train, a back and forth motion, instead of the usual rocking side to side or up and down. Made me a little nauseous but I have taken my Bonine faithfully so I didn’t get sick.
Woke up around 8:00 with the new time change. It was a gorgeous day with bright blue skies and a nice breeze. I knew I would be spending the majority of the day in a deck chair soaking up the sun. But first, latte from the coffee bar, breakfast in the Lido and two miles around the ship. Had a surprise as I was leaving the room, the Canadian couple who are the good dancers have the room right next to us. I was surprised I hadn’t seen them before. I guess are schedules have just been different.
During the day, we found out what was making that weird motion. The Captain made the announcement that the one of the azipods were not functioning at full capacity. The azipod is the thruster which allows the ship to move forward, backward, and side to side. Long story short – the ship has to move slower than predicted so we are not going to get to port at 7:00 on Wednesday. They are now predicting that we will get there at 10:00. If we continue at a fast pace, the azipod might stop completely and then we could be in a mess. The Captain said that Guest Services was prepared to help people make different flight arrangements if needed.
If we had a flight on Wednesday, I would be distressed. However, since we are driving, we just won’t get as far up the road as we had planned. There was definitely a long line at Guest Services for people who were needing help with flight changes or other issues. Glad I didn’t have to be in that line.
Chuck swam in the pool for a while but I did not get in. I enjoyed my book, the sun, and the breeze.
For the evening, it was time to get dressed up for the last gala night. We had dinner with one of the couples that we had met at dinner on a previous night. They were from Detroit and were retired educators. Enjoyed the conversation very much. We all had the filet mignon and lobster tail for the main meal. Chuck and I both had shrimp cocktail as the appetizer. Still skipping dessert. Well, Chuck has always skipped dessert. I have had ice cream a few times.
We enjoyed another night at BB King and the mainstage show. It was a show featuring the Zuiderdam singers and dancers in a production called “Off the Charts.” It featured music and dancing from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. I think it was the best of the three productions during the cruise.
Tomorrow is the last sea day so that will mean packing up our stuff and saying good-bye to the nice people we have met this trip. No need to set the alarm. Tonight’s towel animal is a monkey hanging from a hangar.