Day 5, Thursday, Feb 3, At Sea, Informal

Trip Start Jan 26, 2011
Trip End Feb 13, 2011

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Flag of Cook Islands  , Southern Cook Islands,
Friday, February 4, 2011

As suggested at the close of yesterday's entry, my morning walk was cut a bit short due to the injuries at Rarotonga.  This sea day was chock full of activities, starting with "Rap with the Rabbai" with Rabbai Hershman in the Avenue Saloon.  There were probably 20 people in attendance and the topic was "Are there any absolutes in morality", and the conclusion seemed to be that some things may be nearly absolute but in the real world absolutes probably are not quite possible.  Pastor Voosen stopped at my seat at the first lecture and shared his plans for a sermon Sunday relating to the same topic.  I have been impressed by the relationship amoung the Clergy on the World Cruise.  Father Patrick was officiating at Mass during the session and could not attend but he was present at Pastor Voosen's Sunday service.

There were 4 presentations in the Crystal Visions enrichment program today.  Bob Reif, a sports business consultant started things off with "NFL:America's Choice" giving us a behind the scenes look at the business of football.  Kathy Reichs spoke on "Forensic Anthropology: From Crime Lab to Crime Novel".  Ms. Reich is the only lecturer so far I have encountered on a previous cruise.  The afternoon programs were golf writer Joel Zuckerman on "The Life and Times of Peter Dye", one of our formost golf course architects.  While I do not particularly follow golf the stories of Mr. Dye's relationship with the people of big egos who engage him to design golf courses for them were fascinating.  The day's final presentation was Dr. David Sholiton on "Understanding Retinal Disease", something I want to be aware of but hopefully not on an urgent basis for many years.

Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda had another mediocre day at team trivia getting 9 of 18 possible points with other team scores running from 6 to 12. A special music and drama party, Ship Ahoy Island, was held in Palm Court before dinner.  Afternoon tea was held in the Crystal Dining room to avoid conflict with preparation for Ship Ahoy Island.

Three of the people from our table met on deck 12 for the elegant but casual poolside dining option.  With several menu options, I chose a superb steak tonight.  The evening entertainment was a musical humor performance by Dale Gonyea with an especially funny tribute and series of songs about Rarotonga and particularly the challenging tender rides back to the ship.

Tonight's parting shot: With tonight's show taking place in the Stardust Club and also with an hour time gain I stopped next door at the Avenue Saloon for some more of Marcie Castro's music.  As I was sitting there I realized that despite spending a fair amount of time there on this voyage I cannot remember seeing any smokers on the ship.  I must say that has been pleasant but it caused me to think some about the smoking policy.  While I enjoy having a smoke free Avenue Saloon, I have so many places to go on the ship and smokers have very few options and it just doesn't seem fair to restrict those options any further.

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