coming back to reality - slowly!
Firtly, Mark............ Yes we did go the Caribbean - the clue is in the red title bar 'Caribbean Adventures'!!! But it's great to hear from you!
Richard - I think I will be working from Hastings for several weeks!
Maggie & Mark, looking forwrd to seeing the flat all sorted out - hope the units arrive eventually! Lorine is so (not) looking forward to returning to work!
Well, we stopped off at Madeira yesterday. Arcadia was in the port and we needed to borrow her berth, so she pulled out into the open sea and anchored so we could borrow the port berth. I assume it's because we needed to refuel and replenish after several days at sea. Also, we only had a half-day visit, so getting people ashore by tender would have taken too long. We did a bit of a bus tour around Madeira and stopped at a winery, which you have to do in Madeira presumably. Thought we were going to get a guided tour and some stuff about how the wine is made etc. but it was basically a free tasting and a shop! Anyway I bought something for the office, so maybe I will pop in to Sevenoaks and accept all the flak from you-know-who!
We had another comedian on last night and he had us all in tears! He was like a clean Billy Connolly - telling funny 'life stories' and observational humour, rather than just gags. Anyone who saw the show will never look at our beloved cruise director again in the same way!! I'll tell you more when I see you.
We had a magician on the other day and he and his partner come to the ballroom lessons with us. She turned up without him yesterday so I had to say it - "what's happened to Daniel - has he disappeared?!" No I know it's not funny - you had to be there!
We learned a few clever moves with the waltz yesterday, so Loraine and I will be able to show off on the dance floor now (if we remember them!). We have a private lesson today (if it doesn't get cancelled again) so we may learn some even cleverererer ones! Our dance instructors will be competing in the world latin dance championships in Austria later this month, so we will look with interest to see how well they do.
Last night the captain and his team played the cruise director and her team at 'give us a clue' (the charades game). We concluded that whilst the captain was pretty good, the two girls from the on bord spa and salon were dumb blondes. But because he's the captain, the scores were "adjusted' (fiddled) so he won.
Oh, and we went up to the bridge the other day too. I bet you didn't know that the crew steer around any rain clouds wherever possible! (We didn't.) We all thought the ship went from A to B in a straight line, but in actual fact it zig zags up to ten miles off course to miss the rain - brilliant!!
The Captains farewell party is tonight, so glad rags on for the last time. Today we have to decide on the pictures we wish to buy (if I can arrange a big enough banK loan!) and I have 300 plus on the camera. I took the camera snorkelling with me in the very clever little plastic bag I bought, so I have some interesting underwater pics among others. I may just let P&O put 'em on a cd for me before we leave.
Anyway, must go now - we have to get coffee before we go dancing, then it'll be lunchtime, maybe a relaxing drink in the bar, then more dancing and before you know it. it'll be pre-dinner cocktails!
Mike and Loraine, Mum and Dad, Nana and Pop.