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North to Longyearbyen

Saturday, 1 July 2017

There was light outside well before 06{00 but there was no visible sun. The excellent weather of the past two days has given way to a lumpy sea, overcast sky and persistent rain. There isn't much of interest in the entertainment activities so we settle for a lecture and two movies. Frank Sandstrom presented an overview of the Bush Pilots who opened up the interiors of Africa, Canada, Alaska and Australia. His knowledge is not in question but his delivery somewhat wooden.

Next we watched the movie "Allied" on the stateroom TV. The small format and questionable sound did little to enhance this dark tale and the mix of languages and too brief captions made it difficult to follow in detail. After lunch we returned to the Cabaret Lounge to watch the movie "The Founder" which was a simpler story based on facts and documents the foundation of the McDonald's chain. The simple concept which was turned into the massive corporation by a driven salesman. According to the story the corporation owns the real estate and leases it to the franchisee with a fundamental clause that the lease is conditional on the maintenance of the standard.

Went to the evening show in the Cabaret Lounge where ventriloquist Kieran Powell and his friends entertained us for almost an hour. The most clever puppet is his dinosaur that can operate independently by some form of remote control. His singing and voices were outstanding.

It was almost 20:00 by the time we went to dinner on Deck 9 where we were two of very few. The ship continues to rock a little, the rain is heavy at times and although it is light outside there's no sign of the sun.

Today's temperatures were a high of 11 °C and a low of 8 °C. Sunrise at 03:00 and no sunset.

Another day at sea as we sail North to Longyearbyen at best speed where we expect to arrive on Monday.

Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 11:56 Archived in Norway

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