Day 19 - busy day on the ship at sea

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

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Our ship backtracked last night out of the port and began a southwesterly course along the East China Sea. We passed the South Korean island of Jeju-do toward Shanghai.  Today was a day at sea again, and we found ourselves quite busy moving between various events on board. 

Our port guide, Hutch, did a morning lecture on Shanghai, and two afternoon lectures on Dalian and Beijing.  Our Australian lecturer, Geoff Grey, presented a stimulating lecture on "Another Financial Crisis?".  And John Maxtone-Grey discussed the conversion of France's last great liner into the Caribbean’s first Norwegian mega-cruise ship.  I went to afternoon tea, with white-gloved servers continually offering small, dainty sandwiches and fancy little delicacies.

Peter and I played canasta with our new friends, and after a six-course meal we attended the stage production of “Ports of Call”, with singing and dancing to music from around the world.  Fabulous!  Various shows followed late into the night, and we could have “danced all night”, but alas, we returned to our stateroom and went to bed.  We just don’t seem to be dancing-all-night-kind of people anymore. 

A few comments on the ship’s Medical Department.  It is all wheelchair accessible, and the facility offers a passenger reception area, examination room, several beds, an isolation ward and separate areas for both in-patient and out-patient care.  Available equipment includes defibrillators, ventilators, oxygen, stretchers and more, with an alternate care site in a separate area of the ship in case of fire.  The ship has a laboratory, in which they can test blood sugar, liver function, cardiac enzymes and a variety of other functions, and x-rays in the event of injury.  They also have a well-stocked pharmacy onboard.  There are three doctors and nurses who have a minimum of three years post-graduate experience in Emergency or Acute Medicare and Family Medicine.  All Medical Department personnel must also be certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.  The doctor on board for this cruise came from South Africa, joined Princess Cruises in 1992 and has held the position of Senior Doctor all these years. 

Needless to say, we will be well taken care of, should a need arise. 
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