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21st January, 2017

En route

We have been at sea for six days since departing Funchal and the weather conditions have been excellent. A following wind from the east has stayed with us and the seas have been in our favour. On two of the days a long swell has come down from some distant depression way to the north, just large enough to give the ship a gentle roll.

Now the pale blue sky meets with a deep blue ocean way in the distance many miles from us, while the few clouds are insignificant until larger cumulus give the horizon some definition. We have seen very little in the way of other vessels, just six so far, and never very near. The second whale was seen off the starboard side at lunchtime, slowly making its way in the other direction and flying fish are starting to make the odd appearance, but it is only the patiently observant soul who sees them.

Within our floating home our guests have been enjoying many and varied activities, so much so that those I speak with have complained that they cannot get to all the ones they wish too. Ballroom lessons, Spanish lessons, Bridge lessons, Craft class, Water colour class, Exercise class, they are all here, and if that’s not enough they can practise with the passenger choir, see the Rev for Bible study, attend the varied lectures or just chat with the Social Hostess. Where will they find the time to go ashore when landfall is made? In fact I’m surprised they have time to eat, but that would be just too much to miss wouldn’t it?

So by the time we get to St Lucia on Monday they will have a pretty good suntan and be totally relaxed. Well possibly.

Captain Philip Rentell

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