Day 16 - At sea with Captain Bob

Trip Start Feb 04, 2012
Trip End Mar 01, 2012

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Soon after leaving Keelung and Taipai, Taiwan, we retraced our steps back out through the breakwaters and into what is known as the Keelung Traffic Separation Scheme. Following that course, we left "Lung Tao" island and then set a northeasterly course through the East China Sea.  We passed the small Japanese island of “O” Shima en route to Nagasaki by tomorrow. 

Spent more time today at lectures – one given by the port guide, Hutch, on Busan, Korea.  I also enjoyed a lecture by John Maxtone-Graham on the S. S. France.  I have to say I have never been interested in learning about ships, but this man is so knowledgeable and such a great story teller, that I haven't missed one of his lectures – and thus, I have learned a great deal about some of the world’s most fantastic ships. 

One of the Diamond Princess singers did his own show in the afternoon.  He is vocalist Kwame Remy, and together with the Diamond Princess orchestra, he had a fantastic show.  He probably has been my favorite singer for the duration of the trip, so it was fun to hear what he could do on his own.  I wasn’t disappointed!

A group of cruise passengers has been preparing for a musical show, so early evening they performed in the atrium – some fun pop songs and numbers from musicals.  People lined all the circular railings in the atrium to cheer them on.  We left before that concert was over because we were invited to a cocktail party with the captain of the ship!  Captain Bob Oliver cordially welcomed us, together with his co-captain, and we were seated for drinks and canapés.  The captain spoke about all of us as the “Princess Family”, which I am starting to learn about.  Once a person goes on a Princess Cruise, they are considered part of the wider family of cruisers around the world.  Awards were named for those who had the highest number of cruises.  The most days traveled on cruises was somewhere over 1400 days of cruising, spent on 114 cruises.  That’s three years of their lives spent on cruises!  Well, we’ll never see that but it has been an eye opener to get a glimpse into the culture of cruising.  I’ll try to remember to write more about that on another occasion. 

We had our picture taken with Captain Bob Oliver, and then went to a show by Mentalist Alex Crow.  He is a mind reader and his show really left people mystified as to how anyone is able to do what he did. 

So we again filled the day with more music and action and some canasta with our friends and four course meals, and . . . well,

Another great day at sea. 
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