At Sea Day #2

Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
Trip End Nov 03, 2012

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Slept in until 1:04 p.m. aboard Norwegian Epic. Wow, I just slept 13 hours 16 minutes! Hopefully I'm recharged now after 3.5 intense weeks of sightseeing in seven European countries. Today is our second day at sea en route from Barcelona to Punta Delgada, Azores Islands.

Ate lunch at Garden Café buffet, then completed my exploration of every area of the ship by wandering around Decks 13-19. We had poor weather today – chilly, cloudy, and windy. It was not pleasant to be outside. Also, now that we are out of the Mediterranean Sea and into the open Atlantic Ocean, you can really tell the difference. The ship is rocking quite heavily and I’ve felt slightly nauseous for a good part of the day – probably the worst seasickness I’ve ever felt aboard a cruiseship. Normally I’m not affected by being at sea. I took a motion sickness pill later this afternoon.

Returned to my cabin at 3:19, then took my laptop upstairs to the Garden Café to blog and sort photos. I sat in the front of the café, which is on the forward end of the ship looking out to the ocean. The weather turned really nasty as it began raining and fog developed. The seas are rough. Looking out the forward windows, you can really see the ship moving up and down through the water.

The captain came on the intercom with an afternoon report at 4:50. He said the seas are at 3-4 meters (10-13 feet), which he described as being "pretty calm" for the Atlantic Ocean. If this is “pretty calm,” I don’t want to see seas the captain would describe as “seriously rough.” He reported winds are blowing at 25 to 35 knots (29 to 40 mph).

Went down to my cabin at 5:06, where I spent about an hour and a half organizing my stuff. I went up to the gym at 6:34 to run on the treadmill, which proved to be quite difficult given the ship’s movements. I was only able to jog for about 10 minutes, then had to slow down to a fast walking speed of 4.5 mph for the remaining 35 minutes of my 45-minute workout. I covered only 3.54 miles.

Back to the cabin at 7:27 to shower, then headed downstairs to Shakers bar to the nightly Friends of Dorothy gathering. From there, Craig, Jon, Jim, and I ate dinner in the Manhattan dining room. For the main course, I had lobster tail and red snapper.

After dinner, I embarked on a little treasure hunt my friend Steve’s mom, Becky, had left for me. Becky had sailed on Norwegian Epic last week out of Rome. She left me three clues. Craig came along. I was able to locate two of the stashed items, which turned out to be tram tickets from Sarajevo, Bosnia. One was hidden under a chair cushion and the other was taped to the bottom of a table. We could not find the third item, whose clue was to look in the red chair next to the white column next to the “Order Here” sign at the Atrium Café. I also checked a few of the nearby chairs without success. My hunch is that the chairs might have been rearranged; so I will have to return to the atrium at a time when not many people are sitting there to search for remainder of the red chairs (there’s probably another 30 or so of them).

In my cabin at 10:51. It’s now 11:16. The ship’s position is 37º04.67’ N, 15º00.16’ W – slightly less than halfway from the Strait of Gibraltar to the Azores. We have now sailed 1,002 nautical miles (1,152 miles) from Barcelona. The current relative wind speed is 53.1 knots (61 mph). Wow. It’s 63º outside.

We changed timezones last night, from GMT+2 to GMT+1. We will go back an hour again tonight to GMT. We’ll have four more time changes as we make our way west to Miami. This is a nice benefit of sailing trans-Atlantic westbound – six nights to get an extra hour’s sleep. We have one more sea day before arriving Thursday into Ponta Delgada. Tonight before bed I need to read the shore-excursion descriptions to determine if I want to do any tours while we are in the Azores.
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