Oriana 2

We always sleep soundly on a boat and last night was no exception, the only drawback is that when you have an inside cabin when the lights are off, it is as black as the proverbial black cat in a coal cellar, you can’t see anything. Switch on a light is akin to being in a British Lancaster over Berlin in 1944 and being caught in searchlights, the shock is instantaneous , as in those perilous days our heroic pilots attempted to weave away into the darkness, under the duvet is our only temporary sanctuary.
Awake at 7am, showered and dressed by halfpast,  in breakfast shortly after. We had chosen a little restaurant called ……. on deck 12, it had been recommended by a random passenger we had met the previous evening (she had been on this same ship 10 million times) and saisd it was quite special. Well, it had few tables, a sea view (of course) and besides having a quite intimate atmosphere, lacked a full range of what I would call a full English breakfast ingredients. However, it filled a hole and we did appreciate its exclusivity, though we guessed that as the hour passed, more and more passengers would spoil that.

Afterwards called for a look at the gymnasium (surprisingly busy) and then 2 circuits of the ship on Deck 7. At 10.30am we attended a lecture on Greek Mythology and the stars. Being ‘old’ primary teachers and having had control of what we taught (in the good old days), many, if not all of the myths that the lecturer mentioned, we knew. However, it was informative to hear how they influenced the naming of the constellations etc. Plus, the gentleman’s delivery of the lecture was polished with a more than a smattering of a dry sense of humour. We shall return to hear more. Again we took another turn a round the deck to see the passing oilrigs. We next attended a presentation on our first port of call Flam, though we have already booked an excursion on a train it was interesting to see what else was on offer.
Lunchtime saw us in the Oriental restaurant again. The waiter outside seemed to be sending people to another restaurant, but we had none of that and joined the few passengers inside  who were enjoying a healthy cold buffet. We met Anne there and discovered what she had been up to. Yet again there followed another excursion around the deck, with a discovery of the library, and games rooms on deck 8.

During the afternoon Sue opted to sit at the rear of the ship and read while I attended an interesting lecture of Bletchley Park and code breaking. I had intended to visit the gym but things have already started to slip. Later on Sue enjoyed a guitar recital while I watched Man Utd. lose to Swansea and afterwards I watched the 1st half of Arsenal’s game. Luckily the matches were shown in the Lord’s Tavern pub. We met up later for another turn around the decks (quite blustery) for another port poresentation, this time it was Allesund. We had previously decided to climb the mountain there and were reassured that the views from the top were pretty good.
It was a ‘smart casual’ evening for dinner so we returned to cabin to change and then spent a pleasant hour watching an ‘ABBA’ show in the Pacific Lounge before going into dinner. The sea conditions had started to get rougher. We had been warned by the Captain during an afternoon announcement. He appears to have a dry sense of humour as he finished his speech with a joke: For those of you whose passport photos really do look like you, you are far too ill to be travelling by ship.

Our table for eight was attended by the same couples of the previous evening, so it looks as if the missing pair have already fallen overboard. Though there didn’t appear to me to be much movement of the ship, it obviously affected Sue as during the main course she excused herself to return to the cabin to lie down. I was surprised to find her ‘recovered’ back in the cabin after I had finished my meal, so we climbed the stairs to the theatre and were hugely entertained by the comedian Riki Jay.
Again, when we switched off the lights in the cabin, sleep overwhelmed us both. I guess we are lucky in that our cabin is situtated in line with the keel and not at an angle as most are. This means that we are on a short cross corridor so do not get passing passenger traffic and we do not notice any rocking or rolling of the ship. Must remember this for any future ventures.


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