A slow, pleasant day at sea. We are up at the usual time for breakfast then Dick heads to trivia and Carolyn goes to the port talk on Sydney. The tour person gives some history and talks about the options for touring Sydney, but nothing really useful to us. We have a 2PM flight from the domestic airport to Hobart and have to be there around noon for check in. So we will have some time before we need to leave for the airport if we can find place to store our luggage at the terminal. Guess we will just have to play it by ear.
It is a beautiful sunny day. The temperatures and humidity are beginning to drop. The lectures don’t catch our attention today. There is one at 11AM on the Munich Massacre by the sports writer and one called Hot Air and Hydrogen by Captain Rigby at 12:15PM which, for some reason, we read right over. His programs have been good with lots of interesting footage and this one was on the hot air balloons. Too bad we missed it.
The galley tour is at 11AM and Carolyn goes to that. It is done very nicely. We are seated in the dining room and go to the galley in small groups while those still waiting have a question and answer session with the Head Chef. Once in the galley, there are people manning each section to explain what is going on and answer questions. The cooks are working on lunch! We learn that all the staples are loaded in Southampton or shipped to ports of call for the longer cruises. That includes all meat, fish and chicken so as to maintain the quality. We picked up fresh produce in Honolulu and will load more in Auckland and Sydney. The chef explains that there is very little food waste and what there is (except the oils) is ground, compacted into pellets and fed to the fish as we sail.
Dick spends the afternoon messing with the computer...loading pictures and writing the blog. Carolyn goes to the movie, “Divergent,” which she claims is good.
We read and go to an early dinner in the Lido as once again the dining room menu is not to our liking. We have grilled to order Frenched lamb chops, fish and roast beef along with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. The meal is simple and very good. We get a big cone of ice cream and head to bed....life is really rough!