Friday, March 11, 2022
The Kona sail-away party was at 5:00. We could see rain in the distance and then a rainbow formed in the clouds. First rainbow I’ve seen this trip.
They were serving a special Mai Tai for the party, so I had to try one or maybe it was two. They were strong.
At dinner, we shared a table with a nice couple from San Diego. They sail mostly HAL and Celebrity since they usually only sail out of San Diego now. I asked a lot of questions about Celebrity as we might try that cruise line one day.
Chuck and I had the Brie appetizer. I had the shrimp salad and had crepes made with spinach and mushrooms as my main course. Chuck had the short ribs. I didn’t have to ask him if they were good as the only thing left on the plate were some bones. My crepes were excellent.
I ordered the baked pear for dessert. I thought it was going to be like a baked apple. Instead, it was a slice of pear pie. It was okay but I wouldn’t have ordered it if I had read the description instead of just the title.
We didn’t finish dinner until after 8:00. We had just enough time to catch the last 15 minutes of the Dance Band set and the first 15 minutes of the BB King Band before it was time to go the main stage.
The performer was Martin Beaumont, a comedian from England. He had several funny jokes and observations. Much better than the last comedian. Hope to catch his next show on the 15th.
Since we have left Hawaii, the Casino has reopened. We played some slots before calling it a night.
No need for an alarm this morning as it is the beginning of a few more sea days before we reach Raiatea, our first stop of the French Polynesian islands. We slept in and then had a late Lido breakfast.
We made it back to the gym for some weight training and then did 1.5 miles around the ship on the promenade.
I was having trouble loading my pictures to the Cloud so I thought going to the Crows Nest might give me a better connection. It didn’t. Just slow Internet today. I got spoiled with the fast connection in Hawaii. Because of satellite positions, we will have spotty Internet during times.
Waves were high today. Captain announced 8-to-9-foot swells and may be higher tonight – especially if we cannot avoid the harsh weather they have picked up on radar. Everyone is careening down the hallways like they are pinballs.
Chuck tried to swim in the Lido pool but the motion was too harsh for floating. Pool sloshing out of its boundaries. However, it was a sunny enough day to warrant eating salads outside and then relaxing on the verandah.
I was napping so hard that I almost missed the 3:00 presentation on the International Dateline – what it is and how it came to be.