March 3, 2022
I went back to the room and got ready for the evening. I also got another bag of laundry ready for the room stewards to pick up that evening. Once I returned to the Ocean’s Bar all dressed up for Gala night, we danced a while, then played some slots, and then listened to the Lincoln Center Stage performers until it was time for Dinner.
We shared a table with a woman from Tucson who was traveling solo. The dinner was excellent. I had the prosciutto ham appetizer, artichoke and carrot soup, and the Rainbow Trout. Chuck had the Filet Mignon. We both skipped dessert but had coffee.
We had every intention of going to tonight’s show but once we came back to the cabin for a few minutes, Chuck said he was tired. I readily agreed that I was too. I think the rocking motion of the ship combined with full stomachs was just too much to overcome the caffeine.
We had our first towel animal of the voyage. They may only be bringing those on Gala nights now. Time will tell.
Slept soundly last night. But we must have had a rolling night because our towel animal fell off the couch and was in pieces on the floor this morning.
The weather seemed warmer than yesterday but still cloudy.
Went for coffee at 7:00. People asked me if HAL gave me the coffee carrier I use. No. Amazon is my friend. Easy to fold and pack in the suitcase.
After an excellent breakfast of made-to-order omelets, the weather cooperated enough that we finally were able to walk a mile around the promenade. A number of people had the same idea.
Afterwards, Chuck went to his poker tournament and I went to the lecture by the onboard Naturalist. His presentation “Hawaiian Giants: Hawaii’s Most Iconic Tourists” was all about the humpback whales. You could tell he loves his topic. He had some great videos of juvenile whales. Hope we can see some on our whale-watching tour in Maui.
Interesting points: Humpback whales are the length of a school bus and are as heavy as seven African elephants. Every Humpback has a unique fluke pattern. They can be found in all oceans around the world. Migrate to Hawaii to give birth because the water is warm for the newborns who won’t have any blubber to keep them warm in Alaskan waters, the water is shallow so that the babies can practice their swimming and breaching skills, and no Orcas can get them because they don’t come to the warm waters.
The next lecture was by Ian, the Cruise Director. It was titled “The Deep Blue.” The first half of the presentation dealt with sea turtles and how important they are to the ocean. The next half of the presentation was about sunken treasure and Mel Fisher’s discovery. It was very well presented.
Interesting points: Scientists discovered that turtles use the Earth’s electromagnetic field to help guide them back to their nesting grounds even after swimming thousands of miles away. Mel Fisher discovered the sunken treasure 10 years to the day that his son Dirk perished in a capsized boat accident helping the family look for the treasure.
Sun peaked out for a while and it was pleasant relaxing on the balcony. Time for a light lunch in the Lido before the afternoon activities started. First up – the Dance Band would be performing at 3:30 in the Ocean’s Bar.