June 19, 2014 ~ At Sea

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sunrise: 4:30 am Sunset: 10:27 pm

58F and Cloudy and Windy

We went to the dining room this morning for breakfast and I took a picture of the wine rack that holds 2200 bottles.

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Back to the room and then packed our largest suitcase to just under 50 pounds. I was looking forward to the Backstage Tour at 10, but we were set to sail under the largest bridge again and I missed that the first time. It was so windy and cold on deck 14! So much for curling my hair this morning! I didn’t even have my jacket. 

The Great Belt Fixed Link (Danish: Storebæltsforbindelsen) runs between the Danish islands of Zealand (Copenhagen is partly on its eastern shore) and Funen (Odense is the main city). It consists of three structures: a road suspension bridge and a railway tunnel between Zealand and the small island Sprogø located in the middle of the Great Belt, and a box girder bridge for both road and rail traffic between Sprogø and Funen. The "Great Belt Bridge" (Danish: Storebæltsbroen) commonly refers to the suspension bridge, although it may also be used to mean the box-girder bridge or the link in its entirety. The suspension bridge, officially known as the East Bridge, has the world’s third longest main span (1.6 km), the longest outside of Asia. Operation and maintenance are performed by A/S Storebælt under Sund & Bælt. Construction and maintenance are financed by tolls on vehicles and trains.  It is 235.00 DKK or about $42.00 per car.  The link has reduced travel times significantly; previously taking about an hour by ferry, the Great Belt can now be crossed in about ten minutes. The construction of the link and the Øresund Bridge have together enabled driving from mainland Europe to Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia through Denmark. Cyclists are not permitted to use the bridge, but cycles may be transported by train or bus.

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approach to the bridge from both sides

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Going under the bridge above.  Below, pix from the stern.

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I then went to the Oceanview Cafe to read and wait for Ray. I don’t know what the occasion was, but there were beautiful ice carvings all over the place. We had a quick lunch and went to the Grand Foyer on 3 to watch the Hot Glass Show Auction. They had 7 pieces to auction with 6 of the proceeds going to glass scholarships and the last to breast cancer research. Most went for $500 to $600 and one went for $900. They were beautiful, but you would have to carry them home. We could feel the ship moving while watching the auction. They don’t list the wave height on TV. In today’s program they said the Slots in the Casino paid out $26, 572.44 but they didn’t say how much was put in!

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Ray tried to catch the end of a show by Jayne Curry and I did some typing and then went to the water color room to do some reading before class. Today Liz showed us some more techniques. We used salt and saran wrap and did sky and water. I then tried painting the Church of the Spilled Blood. LOL Dinner choices were not that great. It almost seems like lunch has better choices. I wanted an iceberg salad and got Romaine, I wanted 1 slice of onion and got a dozen. There was only one show tonight, Mel Mellers. He does some comedy, magic, and light insulting of the audience. I enjoyed it. Instead of the second show, they showed the Fifa Soccer World Cup Game of England vs. Uruguay.

The captain said it would get rough tonight. We also set our clocks back one hour for the last time.

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