May 1st, 2016 - Day 29 - Cruising the Arafura Sea

We are on the sea today and woke up to a cloudy sky and some rain.

We had breakfast in the Grand Dining Room. We both had a Belgian waffle which they cut into strips and we dipped into  a cream and maple syrup.

Pat did not feel very well this morning and had a bug which she  was hoping she had not picked up anything from another country.  After resting today she seems okay tonight.

At 10:15 AM we had a mandatory guest life boat drill.  This will be the last one for us on this trip.

At 1:00 PM we had lunch in the Terrace Café. Jim had a salad with all kinds of goodies added to it.  Pat had some rice with cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, and beans added to it.

There was a special message from the captain today.  Local authorities have advised us that activists are planning to blockade Newcastle harbor in opposition to fossil fuel use. There is going to be an armada of kayaks piloted by people opposed to the use of fossil fuel. Protesters are planning for more than 400 people to sail into the port on Sunday, May 8, and are planning for mass civil disobedience that could once again involve protesters attaching themselves to equipment and or vessels at the port.  Because of this problem our port  of call has been changed from Newcastle to Brisbane.  We will arrive on Saturday, May 7th into Brisbane and we will bypass Sunday's, May 8th stop in Newcastle.  Please except our apologies for this change in our schedule. Your safety is our first priority and we thank you for your understanding. 

We had dinner in the Grand  Dining Room.

Jim had Maine Lobster Soufflé with Bisque of Tomato, Lime and Coriander for his appetizer. For his main dish he had Venison Medallions with Ravioli, Celery Root Mousseline and Sautéed Apple and Cranberry.

Pat had steamed Britney Artichokes with Baby Greens and Forrest Mushroom Vinaigrette for her appetizer.  For her main dish she had Smoked Ricotta Risotto  with Sicilian Tomato Tartare.

We enjoyed our dinner at our favorite table #80 and our waiter, Oka. 

Goodnight from the sea!