Day 84–Wed., Mar. 30 2011–At Sea

     Throughout the afternoon and overnight we sailed in the Gulf of Aden.  The Captain has been cruising fast through these waters where there might be pirates.  We headed for Bab-el-Mandeb which is the relatively narrow stretch of water lying between Yemen to the north and east and Djibouti to the west.  This is the entrance to the Red Sea through which we will be sailing for the next couple of days.  When navigating in busy and restricted waters such as these, the navigation officers use landmarks to verify and plot our position along with the GPS.

     We started a seahorse in painting, and I still haven’t finished the Lotus.  Today we registered for the Grand World Voyage Olympics and did Wii golf, target hitting.  I tried to spend a little time at the pool.  I couldn’t get in, the water was too cold.  Other activities were the culinary demo, shuffle quoits, golf chipping and crafts.  We started an egg in crafts.  It was formal night, so no chorale.

      IMG_0068The theme for tonight was “Celebration Day”, to collectively celebrate the special moments in our lives with shipboard family and friends.  We had complimentary wine with dinner. The Unexpected Boys The entertainment was “The Unexpected Boys”, “Oh, What A Night” a musical tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.  They were very entertaining.  From the balcony, one of the guys reminded me of my nephew Jimmy and the other my grandson Danny.  They are from New York.

     After the show there was a dessert extravaganza on the Lido Deck.  The chefs were very busy creating a beautiful and delectable array of desserts for us.  It was like the Chocolate Buffet!

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     Eating some of the chocolate did not give me a good night’s sleep!  Our gifts tonight were luggage straps with the cruise logo on them.

     On the way back to the cabin, we decided to go see the pirate watchers.  We got a chance to look through the night goggles.  It was neat, the water looked light green.  They also had fire hoses ready to use on pirates.  Someone was saying that the pirates sneak under radar by using small boats and having a cable stretched between them.  When the ship hits the cable, it pulls the pirates close to each side of the ship.

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