Day 14 - Hitting monsoons (en route Keelung)

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

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

A late evening sailaway from Hong Kong out of the Rambler and East Lama Channels on an easterly course across the South China Sea.  We traveled through the Taiwan Strait which separates Southern China from Western Taiwan.
We really had a different experience on this sea day.  The pilot announced that we were in a monsoon and would have to slow down the speed of the ship, rather than risking the safety of the passengers and/or damage to the ship.  Our average speed has been about 20 miles per hour, but he dropped the speed down to about 14 miles per mile.  The sea condition was labeled as “rough”, and indeed the waves and swells caused a great deal of pitching and rolling of the ship.  Our stateroom is quite near the front of the ship and on the tenth deck, and we really felt the bow as it pitched up and down and slammed against the waves.  At times we could see the spray out our balcony window, and others reported it as high as the 14th deck.  The high sprays of the waves came because there were waves up to 29-30 feet.  That’s too high for my liking.
But I did avoid motion sickness this time.  I put on a new transderm-scop patch behind my ear, which helps with nausea by blocking signals to the brain.  I also wore my two acupressure wrist bands AND took a motion sickness pill.  I conquered!  I made it through the day! 
More shows, more lectures, more visiting with Carole and Earl over canasta (Peter and I are getting the game finally!).  We had a lecture on Nagasaki by Hutch, and a lecture on Asia’s New Super Powers – What Opportunities and Threats Do They Pose?” given by Geoff Grey.  And in the evening we went to two different shows.  Jim Coston from New Orleans is called “King of the Banjo” and had a lively concert, and later in the evening the Diamond Princess singers and dancers did a highly energetic and fabulous production called “Do You Wanna Dance?”, featuring dances from many areas of the world. 
A relaxing day mostly, but I do admit that rough waters caused me some anxiety.
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