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26th November, 2012

Sargasso Sea, Mid North Atlantic

Here we are in the middle of our North Atlantic crossing to the Caribbean, to be more precise, at the entrance to the Sargasso Sea which is 700 miles wide by 2000 miles long.

We are all relieved that the “roly-poly” motion has decreased and that the temperature has at long last warmed to a very pleasant 27 degrees celsius. Now the passengers can look forward to getting out and about without being buffeted by the unrelenting wind. It so nice to see the deck chairs being used, our guests enjoying brisk walks around the Promenade deck and the top deck pool full of water. Keeping the water from soaking everyone relaxing around it has been a challenge but after all the pool area has been designed to give a typical British seaside feel to it.

One lady asked me whether the pool was full of fresh or sea water. I replied that it was filled from the sea every morning. Then she looked outwards to the rough sea and replied “now I understand why the pool is so choppy”!

The Beach Club is now attracting a lot interest and the gourmet fish and chips are going down a storm as too are the traditional sweets and ice cream. All we need to complete the scene is a Punch and Judy show.

Another nice feature which was a great success on Spirit of Adventure is the outdoor cinema. I’m looking forward to watching a film under the stars when get into the warmer climate of the Caribbean.

So far on the cruise we’ve had a number of fantastic lectures from former war correspondent Michael Nicholson. He fascinated all with a 45 minute talk on his travels and experiences through Africa. The other guest speaker Dr Alan Batstone, our destinations lecturer, enlightened all with more information on our up-coming ports of Grenada and St Vincent. Then there’s maritime historian, Peter Boyd Smith and wildlife photographer and author David Boag.

Our star entertainers for the crossing to the Caribbean are vocalist, Bruce Anderson and ventriloquist, Marc Griffiths. Both have been excellent and Marc despite risking “walking the plank” invited me to the stage to act as one of his props or should I say dummies! All good fun and everyone enjoyed the moment even if it was at my expense.

The Sunday services have been very well attended with the Britannia Lounge almost full every time. Everyone loves to hear the Filipino choir open the service with a medley of lively praise songs. Reverend Don Meyer from Bethel Church, Redding, California has been very supportive and accommodating by administrating Holy Communion at the end of the morning worship.

Finally, although we had a slow start to the cruise, from the weather point of view, the atmosphere has been excellent and there’s a great buzz around the ship as we get closer to St. John’s, Antigua our first Caribbean port.

That reminds me of a well-used motto quoted on a famous transatlantic liner, “half the fun is getting there”. Very true.

More from the islands soon, until then, keep smiling.

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