Thursday, January 17, 2013

Day 12 - Tasman Sea and Whales

The seas were rough last night.  Ray was a little sea sick during the night.  I have been fighting a minor cold, so neither of us felt much like doing anything today.  We went to the restaurant for breakfast and gave the maid time to clean our room, but after that spent the day in the room.  This had an unexpected benefit.

The captain announced that there were whales in our area. We went out on our balcony and were able to spot at least a half dozen whales porpoising and spouting not far off the back of the ship.   They were on both sides of us.  I tried to get some video - hope it comes out.  I haven't uploaded it yet.

Sandra Bowren gave another lecture today, this one on Australia's Aborigines.  One of the nice things on the ship is, if you miss something like this you can always see it on TV later.  We didn't feel up to going out at 10am to see it in person, but enjoyed watching it later this afternooon.

We did something else unique tonight.  Because we are in a "butler suite" (it sounds fancier than it is), we can order any meal served in the dining room during regular lunch or dinner hours and have the butler serve in in our room.  Since I was still coughing and sneezing, we decided to try this tonight and it was great.  We have a 4 course meal delivered to our room.   This could really spoil us.

The internet connection was lousy all day, probably a combination of being far out at sea and lots of people on the network.  I woke up in the middle of the the night & decided to try again, and it's now fine at 2:30am.  I'll go back to sleep now.  We have an early tour in Hobart, Tasmania tomorrow.

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