The tempest at sea……..
Capt. Glenn’s morning report from the bridge explained how things went down (or rather didn’t go down) last night. We had originally been traveling in a south-southweslyt course. Yesterday afternoon, he altered that to due west in hopes of skirting this bad weather. Last night he made yet another decision to head northwesterly trying to postpone the inevitable turbulence until during the daylight hours today. He informed us that it will get rougher throughout the day; but should be much calmer after midnight. We’re currently moving at 22 knots (25 land mph) on 5 of the 6 engines, making up for this deviation in course. We can expect clouds with rain, upper 80’s & winds upward of 35 knots.
I had a quick breakfast & capp; & went to bridge class, not quite as enthusiastically as I have been. We only had about half the usual number of participants today. Not sure if the weather was a factor or a scheduling conflict. Knowing that this drastic weather system is coming, explains why my sinuses took another nosedive these past few days. For that reason, I’ve not been as mentally sharp in class. I’m holding my own; but some things just aren’t clicking. Today Eddie focused on showing us how to win tricks from our long suits. Crew emergency drill was taking place at this same time; & there were a lot of distracting announcements. Today’s (pretend emergency) was a fire in the engine room. We gladly overlook this interruption in service, knowing how important it is to hone the crews' skills in all emergency situations. On Crystal they have crew drills weekly; & I find that comforting.
Shortly Capt. Glenn came on the PA to remind us to keep our breakables stowed away; & to be very careful walking about the ship tonight. He fully expects things to calm down after midnight; at which time they’ll fire up another engine & make up some of this lost time.
I gave some thought to having dinner up in Tastes tonight (especially since I’m enjoying the bumpy ride). But I opted for another dinner in. I wasn’t super hungry; & a few lighter things on the menu sounded good to me.
Liz brought dinner about 8:15. For starters, I had seared sea scallops served over papaya ‘tartar’ with vanilla foam. The scallops were still warm & perfectly juicy.