Day 21 Thursday 20th October 2016
The cruise is
most definitely winding down now as we only have 2 sea days left
before we reach Singapore. We dont have anything planned
for today, were just going to spend our time relaxing while
sailing the Java Sea.
We get up at 8.00am and go to the Oceanview Café for a breakfast of poached eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomato and toast.
After returning to our stateroom to change into our swimming costumes we go to the Solstice Deck where its very hot and humid too hot to sit out in the sun. We find a spot in the shade, but have not been there very long before the clouds start to gather and we feel a few spots of rain. As there are 4 people talking rather loudly, we decide we will be better off on our balcony. This proves to be a good move as a couple of minutes after we get back to the stateroom we get a full-blown storm. Luckily the back of our balcony just about stays dry, so we can still sit outside as the rain belts down. Im not complaining as this is the first real rain weve seen in 3 weeks and it passes by in an hour or so.
sure if the rest of the trip report is going to be all that
interesting as we spend the next few hours sat on the balcony
reading, snoozing and watching the ocean. Its overcast, but
30°C and humid.
At 1.00pm we go to the Oceanview Café for a light lunch of chicken and jacket potato before getting a beer and going to Celebrity Central for John Mankas presentation on ocean currents. His talks have usually been in the 1000 seater theatre, so its no surprise that every seat is taken in this much smaller venue.
The subject sounds like it might be quite dull, but not the way John presents it. One of the things he tells us is that a container ship lost 10 containers overboard (in the 1990s I think) and that one of these containers held plastic bath toys. The container split open and the cardboard packing on the toys became sodden and split open releasing 28,000 rubber duckies into the ocean. A German scientist predicted with a high degree of accuracy where these things would start showing up. Some travelled for thousands of miles and they reappear every 3 or 4 years as they drift in the revolving currents.
John Mankas talks have been a high point in our cruise and Tam is so inspired she wants to pack in work and go and count rubber duckies or save the sea turtles.
Back in the room we have another couple of hours on the balcony. I guess different people like different things from cruising, but being crammed around a pool with hundreds of people listening to loud music (usually not of my liking) or playing guest v staff volleyball is not my idea of fun. Watching the sea or reading my book in peace and quiet (as long as the next door neighbours are out) is just fine by me. Strangely, its never too busy anywhere around the ship outside of the pool area and theatre, its one of the things I like most about Celebrity.
We shower and leave for the World Class Bar just after 6.00pm where I have a Hawaiian Lava and Tam has a Tan Russian.
I get a Negroni to go and we walk to the Solstice Theatre for the 7.00pm show. Its Rock City and is just a collection of rock songs performed by the cast members with some acrobatics thrown in for good measure. Its easily the best show weve seen. Of course, this is helped by the fact that I like the music much more than the other shows, but the theatre is full and the audience response is the best that Ive seen on this cruise. For the keen naturalist there are both Brown and White Boobys to be studied and Tam is not left out, as there is a sighting of the rare Bare Chested Acrobat as well.
Our dinner tonight is in Blu and I have the crab cake followed by the Phyllo Chicken. Tam has potato croquettes and the pepper steak. Nearly all of the food in Blu (and indeed in all the restaurants) has been very good. Ive really only had one bad meal. Prior to going to Blu we had dropped into Cellar Masters and picked up what was left of our La Crema Chardonnay, so we have that with our meal. For dessert Tam has the Baked Alaska and I have the crème brulee.
We enjoyed Rock City so much that we decide to watch the second performance as well, arriving a few minutes after it has started having picked up a couple of drinks from the Ensemble Lounge on the way through.
After the show
we go to the Sky Lounge where a Rock City after party
is taking place. The band playing are quite good and Tam and I
eventually dance to some Guns N Roses and AC/DC. I have a
beer and Tam has a strawberry based cocktail, which is so sweet
she cant drink it and swaps to beer instead. That is the
problem with the majority of the cocktails on this cruise, too
much simple syrup used.
When the band finishes at 11.15pm I expect there to be more music, but it just stops or rather it plays at such a low level you can barely hear it. This is strange as there are quite a lot of people still in the lounge there could have been more dancing and (from Celebritys point of view) more drinks sold. As it is, people start to drift off, so we go to Café Al Bacio for coffee and cookies.
Bed around 12.30am.
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