Another lazy day at sea; these are Carolyn’s favorites. Dick spends the morning messing on the computer and Carolyn goes to the vegetable carving demonstration where they make a flower basket in a watermelon bowl
and the culinary demonstration where the head chef prepares two dishes; pesto pasta and a scallop dish. The pastry chef does a custard desert also. It turns out to be comedy show because they can’t get the burners to work right and waste a lot of time which in turn causes the pastry chef’s frozen sample made earlier to melt so it won’t hold the finish decorations!. It is a fun hour and a half!After lunch, we both go to the two lectures. The first one is “World Famous Ocean Liners” by a Dr. Bradley and Sarah Weber. They have been doing a series of talks on various sea related subjects since the ship left on its world cruise. The talk today is on the RMS Titanic. It is from the perspective of the type of ship and is very interesting. The second one is of interest to Dick, “Custom Villages and Cargo Cults, a visit to the Black Islands of Melanesia”. The speaker is Dr. Pamela Peck. She talks about Vanuatu and its people and mystery. Dick said it was good, but Carolyn only remembers the opening and closing pictures. She had a very nice nap during the rest of it!
The ship brought on new entertainers in Cairns and tonight it is a comedian and a musician at the pre-dinner show. The men are OK, but not as good as the ones before them. However, it is nice to do something before dinner.
Tonight’s menu has three of Carolyn’s favorite appetizers; crabmeat cocktail, a fruit and cheese dish and a potato and cheese quiche, so those dishes and a bowl of the, “always available,” fettuccine alfredo are her choices. Dick has the crabmeat cocktail, a vegetable and lamb soup and the “drunken shrimp”. We finish off with our waiter’s recommendation of the chocolate mint torte. It is another good end to a very relaxing day.