DAY 1 OF CRUISING AUSTRALIAN BIGHT - ON THE ROAD TO ALBANY, AUSTRALIA
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Let's begin with last evening when we enjoyed a pre-dinner drink at the Avenue Saloon. It was very quiet and likely because some people were returning from Adelaide and some were going back out as three or four evening tours were being offered.
These are the menus from Waterside.
We enjoyed dinner. This was the first of three consecutive evening's we will dine at Waterside. We both started with a chicken consume soup and salad. Since we had salmon for lunch as part of a lunch entree we selected the Kosher Chicken for the entree. You can have it with white only, dark only or white and dark meat.
For those who like Chicken it was moist and surprising for Kosher Chicken not too salty as sometimes kosher Chicken can be.
The entertainment for last evening included International Pianist Kym Purling who performed at 7:45 and 9:30 PM.
The good news is when we arrived back to our room we turned the clocks back an additional 30 minutes.
We slept well last evening. We departed port at the scheduled time of 9:00 PM.
We are sailing what is known as The Australian Bight. It got its name as it looks like the shape that a human bite makes. A shape of 160 degrees or so of a circle is known in geography as a bight. Australia is large so in this case it is a large bight. Some in the USA might call it a Texas size bight. LOL.
The Bight is located off the central and western parts of the southern coastline of mainland Australia and is the name used in Australia in reference for the connected waterbody of the Southern Ocean.
We began the day with an early morning workout for Keith, along with Coffee and Breakfast in our room.
Keith had an early morning personal training session with Fitness Director Melanie. He enjoyed the session. Fifteen minutes later he was on a Spin bike for the indoor cycling class which Melanie also taught. This was the best class he has taken since we boarded Serenity in December. Melanie created her own playlist instead of playing one of the three standard playlists which Keith has heard over and over and over.........and over since 2015. Each song was a remix from the 1990's and 2000's and had a beat. He loved it. They had the largest turnout since we boarded in December with eleven guests attending the class.
Anne Marie walked inside the ship. She also attended her first Yoga Class with since Joe and Marie were on for segment one of the world cruise. This class was taught by Yoga Instructor Miki Anazai. Miki teaches at home in Hollywood and has fifteen years of teaching experience. She also is a practicing attorney.
Since Keith had not played Paddle Tennis for a few days he decided to play and shortly after he got up to the courts at 10:00 AM additional people arrived. He played non-stop until it was time for lunch.
Two lectures were part of the program:
Archaeology Lecturer Adam Ford spoke about Ned Kelly who is Australia's famous outlaw.
Australian Military History Lecturer Stuart Asher spoke about United We Fall. He spoke about the tragic story of HMAS Perth and the USS Houston which took place in February of 1942.
We enjoyed lunch at Marketplace.
In the afternoon, Keith played Paddle Tennis while Anne Marie walked. We spent the rest of the day watching lectures, and visiting with friends and members of the crew.
This is today's Daily Reflections Program
Anne Marie & Keith