Bridge, engine room and lots of sailing

Trip Start Nov 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 23, 2011

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Flag of Cyprus  , Paphos,
Friday, November 18, 2011

Today we spent the whole day at sea. We started the day with a nice breakfast. The weather was good, sunny and just enough wind to sail.

  First we had the chance to visit the bridge. (Actually, you are always allowed to visit the bridge, except during manouveurs, but this morning it was with informations from the 1st officer.) The 1st officer explained to us the various equipments they use. Some are original pieces that are still in use and some, like GPS or so, are more modern and make their life easier. During the day there is always 1 person on the bridge and during night there is an additional lookout. The captain sleeps right next door and is always available.

After the interesting tour of the bridge, it was time to set sail. Also the second time it was as impressive as the first time. Even the guests that have been several times on the ship are still impressed by this spectacle. It takes almost one hour until all the sails are set.

After lunch unfortunately, some clouds came up and the temperature cooled down a little. Luckily, they have warm blankets and so we could still sit on deck and enjoy the sailing.

Later in the afternoon we had the chance to visit the engine room. The room was much bigger than, and the engines were much smaller than expected. Some people would be impressed by the power of the engines, I was more impressed by how colorful they were.

Then it was time to take the sails down. This, to me, is the even bigger spectacle than setting them. Because the guys are climbing in the masts and then have to tie up the sails. From below this looks funny and sometimes you only see pairs of legs flying around.
In the evening we had a BBQ dinner.
There is no fixed seating at the dinners so every meal we meet new people and have intersting conversations. Lots of guests have been on the Sea Cloud or her sister Sea Cloud II several times (some up to 15 times) so they have lots of stories to tell. Also some of the crew members have been working on the ship for as long as 30 years. Crew and passengers seem like a big family.
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tiziana on

hei ei ei sehr schön das muess es super erläbnis sii hebet sorg viel spass glg mom

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