St Patricks day sees us at sea, weather cooler than it has been since Australia but still warm and sunny. On board BBQ today with ice carvings and all the trimmings. Of course no one is hungry but it looks good.
The dinner tonight is themed as an Irish night, with steak and guinness pie, cabbage and bacon and Irish stew soda bread etc. amongst other things. So as you can see they do make an effort to get into the party spirit. The Ireland England rugby is on TV and there is a St Patricks day themed quiz tonight.
Life on board has now developed habits. Our group of 6 meet at the breakfast table most days, we often do our own thing during the day but can find each other around the Rivera pool and bar. Pre dinner drinks are always in the crows nest at 7:30 followed by a restaurant of your choice. We then decide if we are meeting for a show or which bar we will go to after dinner.
Tonight after dinner Wendy and I decided not to go back to the bar but instead to take a late night walk around the top deck. The temperature had dropped to 24 but you forget you are about 30m in the air and moving at about 25mph so it is very windy. The ship has small glass dividers along the walkways and this breaks up the wind. So we sheltered behind one of these and for the first time in ages felt comfortable in my dinner suit as it was so much cooler. There we star gazed for about an hour. The night was so clear and with the ship on pirate watch there is very little ambient light from the ship and none around the ship at all, so looking at the stars is great- if only we knew a little more about them. We were thinking of Patrick on his saints day he could have explained all about the stars to us.
Tomorrow we arrive at the Saudi peninsula in Muscat Oman. Looking forward to our first taste of Arabian culture.