Day 11, Thursday, Feb 10, At Sea, Formal

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

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

What a beautiful morning.  There was just a light breeze and a very light clout cover.  There were a few too many clouds for a true sunrise, but the sun did poke through just a bit about 5 degrees above the horizon.  On the last sea day I did walk one extra lap (total of 22, including 5 with nordic poles), then watched my last morning show with CD Gary Hunter and World Cruise hostess Stacey Huston.  In his morning address Captain Oakland told us it would be mostly good weather with a possible afternoon shower, and sadly, we will probably arrive in Auckland a little ahead of schedule.

While it's always a little risky to confuse the temporary effects of weather with the climactic effects of a shift in location, our sail from Lautoka to Auckland is a big shift towards a temporate climate, roughly equivalent to sailing from Jamaica to Norfolk, and I am finding the cooler temperatures most welcome.  It was very pleasant walking today and I could almost have used a sweater when seated on the  back deck behind the lido.

The Crystal Visions enrichment program concludes for this cruise with 3 presentations.  In the morning David Davenport spoke on "Why is Healthcare Reform so Difficult", followed by Ken Rees on "The Land at the Bottom of the World - Welcome to New Zealand.  In the afternoon, Joel Zuckerman presented "Destination(s) of the Game - Where to Experience the World's best golf"

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda finished on a high note with the top score of the day but not finishing in the top 3 for the cruise.  In addition to Mr. Zuckerman's lecture in the afternoon we had a spectacular Mozart Tea in Palm Court and the Captain's Farewell Party before our formal dinner.  It was the last night for all of us as a group since one person will fly home Friday Evening.

The evening entertainment was a performance in the Galaxy Lounge by Wayne Newton, a rousing show supplemented by almost 20 of the ships musicians and Newton playing at least 4 instruments..

Today's parting shot will look a little bit at the power of a name.  I am by nature an early bird and the "Late Riser's Breakfast" was never on my must-do list.  I do however, snack my way through breakfast and a couple of days when things were extremely busy I did pop by for a late morning snack.  While stopped there earlier in the week, the Apricot French Toast caught my imagination and I stopped by this morning between the first 2 lectures.  I found the dish every bit as inviting as the name was intriguing.  It's hard to imagine I almost missed it because it was part of "Late Riser's Breakfast".

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