Day 41–Tues., Feb. 15, 2011–Sailing the Tasman Sea

     After departing Milford Sound yesterday we set out on a westerly course for Hobart, Tasmania.  To get to Hobart we will have to sail 900 nautical miles across the Tasman Sea.  The Tasman Sea is named after the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman who was the first European to discover Tasmania and New Zealand.  The seas have us rocking a bit, but not too bad.

     I woke up early so I sent a few blogs out at 5:30 am.  I was going to sleep in late, but awoke again at 8:30 and decided to go to watercolor.  I wasted about 5 minutes trying to find my postcard of a kiwi so I would have something to copy.  I then decided to catch up on blogs today.  I also had to meet with Willy to change the Cruise Critic Meet & Greet date.  It will now be on the 25th of Feb.  At the last minute Ray and I remembered we were invited to a Vacations Vignette Luncheon today so we headed up to deck 4.  It was the same menu we had for the CC Lunch.  We sat with Lily, a woman traveling alone.  We tried our hand at golf putting and basketball.  The chorus met again this afternoon.

     Ray went to the Behind the Scenes Kitchen Tour this morning.  The galley consists of 96 people under the supervision of the Executive Chef.  The service staff has 122 people.  Here is the average weekly consumption of some of the food on board:  Meat and meat products – 8,500 lbs.; poultry – 3,814 lbs.; fish – 1,875 lbs.; seafood – 2,575 lbs.; dairy – 500 qts.; eggs – 18,040; assorted beers – 232 cases; wines – 1,636 btls.  This ship has an escalator in the kitchens.  Maybe I will make the next tour.

     HAL Chorale met again today and found out we have one more rehearsal and then we will be the finale of the passenger talent show on Saturday, Feb. 19th.  A few chorale members will be getting off in Sydney.  Ray was asleep when I returned and then it was time to get ready for dinner.

     The show tonight was Olympic Gymnast Lance Ringnald.  He was in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics and is now 40 years old.  He performed a cute routine on a walker, worked the silks, used the walker as parallel bars and even sang and played the piano!  I didn’t have my camera because they always say no pictures, but he said he doesn’t mind.  I will have to bring it to his next show.  He is still in great shape.

     We set the clocks back one hour tonight.  Yea!  More rest!

IMG_2970 “No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important”. –Mary Kay Ash-

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