02/25/10 to 02/28/10 @Sea East of French Polynesia
Trip Start Feb 11, 2010
28Trip End Apr 04, 2010
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022610 @Sea: The ship food is unlimited and delicious. We have buffet breakfasts & lunches with sit down, multi-course dinners. The super Chef Darwin (from Manila) is present at every meal, where he makes breakfast eggs anyway you want them, carves meat or creates fancy desserts on the spot. There is no assigned seating. There are many themed meals, like Polynesian, Chinese, Greek, Turkish etc. Seems like we sleep, eat, party, eat, and eat, party, repeat. Lots of totally sinful cream desserts (thanks Gail)! Lots of French influence. Wonderful pastries & breads. Tons of garlic in main courses! Love it! Sure beats doing the buying, prepping, cooking and cleanup. Many types of raw fish and other raw meats are served. I tried raw octopus, if you can believe it. Not bad, but not something I would eat on a regular basis. Had to pull a tentacle off the roof of my mouth. ;) Had a difficult time with raw lamb. The salmon was easier. Trying to be adventurous!
I am so glad to have met folks on the Internet prior to boarding…and of course, new friends are easy to make on-board. Never a dull moment. Never have to eat alone, even when I try. We have been having fun together
022710 @Sea: Had to again adjust clocks ahead 1/2 hour, so now only 4 hours behind Panama EST. Seas are rough everyday and the warm trade winds relentless in my ears. The ship is alive with sounds of wind through the sails & lines and there is the ever present clanking & creaking throughout. At noon, 84 degrees air, 81 degrees water temp. They have a desalination plant on-board so cold water is probably 81 degrees. I usually take "cold" water showers. And taking a shower is an art on this small, constantly rolling ship. I have not fallen yet, but close. It is a marine bathroom so the floor gets wet with sloshing water. Thankfully, there are grab rails in the bathroom and I am constantly leaning on walls. My cabin is very small by any standard, but I love it. It is convenient next to the stairs. My 4 inch thick inter-spring mattress is rather firm but I have gotten used to it. My Clipper Deck (closest to sea level) porthole is on the starboard side and often looks like a front-loading Maytag washer. It turns the most beautiful deep blue when totally engulfed by a wave and looks like I can see miles below
Gossip travels fast around this ship. Heard of an earthquake in Chile today with hundreds killed. We had a moment of silence for the victims. Any tidal wave would not even be noticed out in mid-Pacific with 2 1/2 miles of water below us. Captain Brunon said there was nothing to be worried about. Heard the Marquesas had several 5 feet waves hit shore at 12-minute intervals. We got out of there just in time! (Bone, I received your email about everyone’s concern for the Star Flyer & me. And I appreciate your concerns but luckily am totally safe & sound! The Star Flyer Purser Yulia asked me to tell you to please put my full name and cabin number 110 when addressing to me, as she had no idea who you were writing to. She had to check the passenger list for a Walt or Powell and hoped I was the right one. That might explain why only one of of the emails from Bill made it to my cabin.)
Had a wonderful dinner with world travelers Gail (George W, TX), the always wild Claudia (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Joel (Tucson, Arizona, Princeton grad & much younger looking than 80, BTW Joel says Hi to wife Elaine on the mainland)
Used my Starry Night software to help locate stars, constellations (Southern Cross) & planets (Mars & Saturn) during Star Gazing Night this evening. The Milky Way & heavens are remarkable in mid-Pacific. Most southern constellations are new to me and without Greek names (since the Greeks did not know about them either). Big Dipper & Polaris (N. Star) are not visible now in the southern hemisphere.
022810 @Sea: 4th @Sea day since last sighting land, two more weeks to Cocos Island, Costa Rica. The ever-present flying fish are fun to watch. The crew had hits on all 5 stern fishing lines. They caught two 4 feet long, dark colored King Fish (3 got away). Supposed to be very mild to eat with large flakes of flesh. It is fun to lazily sit at the stern watching the lines and the ups & downs of the ship. The rush feels like an amusement ride. Have seen two tunas hit the lines so far, both bending the hooks and being released. Their graceful, sleek pectoral fins giving them away as they jumped into the air with big splashes
Seems like I am becoming somewhat popular on ship and word has gotten around. Have given away two Scop seasick patches so far, tutored a few on Internet access & Apple computers, have given out my travel blog info to several passengers so that their relatives & friends can follow our voyage, plus the continuing astronomy lessons. With so many reading this, I constantly have to control myself to not embellish too much or to give out too much juice. Actually, I am having the time of my life. Gail said to live in the moment. So I am. The Secret is working, too!! I continue to attract all of this fun stuff to me and love it! Living the dream!