At sea

Trip Start Jul 07, 2009
Trip End Jul 26, 2009

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Flag of Germany  , Berlin,
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

We had a great departure from Warnemunde, Germany last night. The ship left the port at about 9:30 p.m. A number of locals came out to see us off. They were lined up along the dock. Avis and I decided to see if we could get those aloof Germans to wave at us, so we started waving from our balcony and lots of them did wave back. They also whistled and took pictures of the ship as it left the harbour. The ship blew its big horn and the ferries and German boats blew their little horns. The harbour master had music playing for us as we sailed off. It was quite fun.

We are at sea today - great weather with sunny skies and 24 C. Everybody slept in today - Avis and I didn't get out of the room until 12:30, Pat and Charles slept until 11. It was a day of much less eating and drinking and more time lying by the pool. Bob, Charles, Linda and Avis took part in a Name that Tune contest by the pool. It was all Beatles music so we thought we would win without any problem. We didn't but we had a good time.

Tonight was our second formal night and Avis and Belinda broke the pact and wore a different outfit!! We usually only stay in our formal clothes for dinner then head back to the room and change back into our jeans for the rest of the evening.

The rest of the group went to a show in the big theatre tonight but I spent my after dinner time sitting on the balcony of our cabin watching the ocean go by and getting caught up in my journal. I thought I would take in a great sunset over the water but we ran into a very large fog bank (are still in it at 10:30 p.m.) The Baltic Sea is like glass today, it is very smooth. If you didn't see the water out there, you would never know you were on a ship.

Here are some things I learned about our ship, the Celebrity Constellation
-2100 passengers, 900 crew
-ship was built in 2002 in France
-it is 90,280 tonnes, 965 feet long
-powered by 2 gas turbine engines, each one rated at 39,000 horsepower
-there are 250 Canadians on board and lots of people from Spanish speaking countries, the announcements are in English and Spanish. There are also a lot of British citizens. They have their own cruise director.
-the ship is registered in Liberia, its home port is Monrovia

We have a big day in Helsinki, Finland tomorrow so no partying or dancing tonight.

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