(Temp. 27C). Breakfast at Al Fresco. Walked 1 mile around Promenade Deck. Ian did 30 minutes in Gym on Treadmill. Sunbathed and read until time for drinks reception @ 12 noon and luncheon with Captain and Crew at 12.30pm. Drinks, wine with meal and port with coffee sent me back to cabin for sleep until 5.30pm. Revived enough for another walk to light dinner at Al Fresco. Went to Cinema at 8.00pm to see “De-Loverly” about Cole Porter. Clocks back again tonight.
, (Temp. 29C). Arrived at Barbados at 1.00pm. Weather hot and sunny. Trip around Island on coach – very pleasant. Lovely views and very ramshackle houses. Went out again after dinner for walk. Margaret and Geoff went to Catholic Cathedral by taxi and then on to beautiful beach. Margaret’s family saw us arrive in Barbados by WEBCAM and enjoyed the wonderful view of “Oriana” docking and us waving to them
– (Temp. 30C.) At sea. Constant lovely sunshine – Swim, sunbathe, read in shade. Yet more lovely food and drinks. Listened to Piano Recital in evening. Promenade around deck to see stars, drink and bed.
– (Temp. 28C). Visit to Curacao – lovely sunshine. Interesting coloured houses – Dutch West Indies – walked around Williamstad, with Margaret and Geoff. Left at 6pm. Some people on last minute to accompanying jeers by onlookers. To theatre in evening to hear Gary Williams sing Sinatra.
Have decided it will be a bit boring for you to hear about each day at sea. You get the picture by now. Will run days at sea into one session and concentrate on what happens on shore days.
Tuesday, 18th January. (Temp. 30C). Another wonderful day. Formal Evening – Wonderful meal – 4th Classical Concert, the pianist is excellent (Victor Billington). Geoff requested One Enchanted Evening which is their song, it made us feel young and free again. We held hands and sat in lovely formal wear and enjoyed every moment.
– – (Temp. 30C, 86F). Up at 6.30am, for 2 mile walk on Promenade Deck. Panama really exciting. Far more beautiful and green than expected, with lakes and lush vegetation. Fantastic procedure through double locks. The ship pulled in and out by locomotives on each side of dock on tracks, water rose by over 26feet each time, a series of three locks to go in, then widened to a lake passing through tropical jungle, then another set of locks, another lake and finally another set of locks before we passed under American Pacific Highway Bridge into Pacific Ocean. Whole procedure took six hours. Traffic on both lanes of canal, all going southwest till lunchtime. At middle lake, traffic waiting to go north, who must have come north from Pacific in morning. In further locks all accompanying us south, small yachts, little tugs and big container ships and car ferries. Hardly left top deck all day. Saw crocodiles in lake and on riverbank. A very interesting and exciting day. Saw full transit on P & O website which family watched from UK.
– at sea. (Temps. 26C and 28C)
– Visit to . Saw Cathedral and shops. Bathed in sea with Margaret and Geoff. Lunch on Board. Margaret and Geoff found beach in afternoon, which was very dirty, with local families sat among dirt and rubbish. Glad to get back on "Oriana”. Visited shops for Tequila and mixers in evening. Magic show in theatre.
. Weather still warm, but duller, going colder each day. Interesting talks in cinema in mornings. Played bridge in afternoons. Satellite for Internet either down or very slow. Piano Recital by Vincent Billington, very good. Fantastic farewell entertainment for this end of leg to San Francisco.
. . (Temp 15C). Misty and cold on arrival. – U.S. Immigration officials on board from 6.30am. Not too tiresome. Went ashore at 9.00am. Toured round city on trolley bus. After lunch walked out again. Weather cold and damp. Saw sea lions, old ships, and went on cable cars. After dinner went on deck to see us leave under Golden Gate Bridge. Heavy seas kept us awake during night.