The end of the world

Trip Start Feb 18, 2008
Trip End Mar 07, 2008

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

We got up this morning and had breakfast. We won't be to Cape Horn until 5 pm so it is another boring day at sea. There are lots of activities but none of them that interest me. They even have a art gallery but I have never seen so much Gumba and Wal Mart art in my entire life. If you are a Mafia war lord it would go perfectly in your home. I guess when you have a boat load of people that don't know much about art but have the need to impress with money you have the opportunity to sell crap. I guess I am a little prejudice but there wasn't anything new nor inventive in this gallery. There were a couple of pieces that were good along with the signed and numbered prints by Dali, Picasso and other proven artists. The treatment of the art was atrocious. They had these auctions several times throughout the cruise. There was no care in moving the paintings. Some were falling out of their mats. Some of the canvases were scratched. The frames were dinged and scratched. It was painful to see.

I was excited when I found out that they were having a huge sail on Princess merchandise. I had my eye on an Antarctica fleece and thought I might be able to get a good price. When we got down to the sale we found that they were only selling merchandise from previous cruises. Though we have been to many of the locations I really didn't want a shirt from Italy that said Princess on it. I am more ashamed of being on a cruise than being proud of it. 

The crowds hung around the Atrium and Horizon court like ants on a carcass. Tequila's was a place that we could get away from all of the crowds so that was where we chose to play. We had picked up the daily Suduko and word games and picked up one of the cruises board games. Upon opening the board game we found most of the pieces to be gone so it was back to playing our favorite card game. It is like solitaire but up to 4 people can play.  After that we hit the Movie theater again.
Finally around 5 pm we arrived at Cape Horn. It is widely considered to be the southern tip of South America. Cape Horn is the most southerly of the great capes, and marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage; for many years it was a major milestone on the clipper route, by which sailing ships carried trade around the world. The waters around the cape are particularly hazardous, owing to strong winds, large waves, strong currents and icebergs; these dangers have made it notorious as a sailors' graveyard.

Sailing around the Horn is widely regarded as one of the major challenges in yachting, and a few recreational sailors continue to sail this route, sometimes as part of a circumnavigation of the globe, almost all of these choosing routes through the canals to the north of the actual Cape, though many take a detour through the islands and anchor to wait for fair weather to actually visit Horn Island or even sail around it to replicate a rounding of this historic point. 

We arrived on a day that the ocean was smooth as glass. We still had to have two pilots board before we could circumvent the horn. It is hard to imagine this area at its worst. The rocks are like blades sticking out of the water.

While out on deck we ran into one of our favorite couples on board. We ran into Pat and Keith a couple from California that we met in line for the tenders in Stanley. We run into them at least once a day.  They call us the kids. Pat is very maternal and has taken us under their wings. It is sweet and always nice to see them.

After passing the horn we were continued sailing North west toward the entrance of Picton Canal.

When we arrived at dinner that night we were greeted by the a new head waiter. It was very weird. He walked us to our "new table" I guess our indiscretion at dinner last night got us moved. The funny thing about it is that we were moved to a better table with a view out of the window. We kept the same waiters and even though we knew they were placating the old biddy at the table next to our old table they made sure that we were treated more than fairly. Of course we were having to keep Paulie in check. He wanted to go over and give the woman a piece of his mind. I told him to be nice, not to upset our dear waiters and to rise above. Anyway what more horrible way to spend your life than angry and jealous of those having fun. Even if it was a woman who thought she was better than us... That too is sad. We are all on this earth together and none of us is better than another.
I did make sure to pass by Leo our waiter and the head waiter while they were standing next to her table. In a audible voice I said, "Thank you so much for the new table. It is so much better than the old one. The view is fantastic!" If our nemesis heard, oh well.
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