16th, 17th & 18th Feb.
We were now in the Bay of Biscay well and truly, with some quite big swells 6 to 8 metres, and as with all seas there is always the odd bigger wave which came along, and that coupled with the wind, which at times was gusting to force 10, made for some big movements in the ship, all these factors meant you had to walk with care as you went about the ship. When the sea and weather conditions are like this the open decks are closed off for safety reasons, it might seem like common sense really, but I`m sure there would be people who would still go out there.
With all this going on around us life goes on on-board ship, people are doing all sorts of things, and activities, and plenty of entertainment in the different lounges, the Costa coffee were doing a roaring trade. Although traveling with friends we all do different things during the day but we still manage to meet for coffee and a chat sometime during the day, and we always meet for a drink before dinner.
The day after the “ Bay “ things have not improved weather wise at all, still very difficult to walk around, and you have to be careful when you have a shower. People are starting to think were they going to have this weather all the way to the Caribbean. One of the on-board lectures was given by the 1st officer, and it was all about how the Bridge worked and all its equipment , and what their job is all about etc, all very interesting. But on the end of his lecture he was able to tell us and show us by means of a weather map, the reasons for our delay in Southampton and the thinking behind it, but more importantly what was facing us with the weather, for the next few days, and the forecast was very pleasing to see apart from the remainder of that day (17th). From that evening onwards the weather would start to improve, and more importantly the coming days were to keep getting better.
The 18th we could actually stand still when we wanted to. The sea had calmed down, skies were cloudy, and the temperature also beginning to rise to 14c . The cloud did not break much, but we were able to get out onto the decks. Late afternoon we passed to the south of one the Azores.
The 19th we`ve had sunshine all day, the first time people have had a chance to sit out, again the temperature not all that great 17c but it`s heading in the right direction. We have not seen any wild life, but a “Geest Banana boat” passed us, I think our Captain said she was also heading for the Caribbean. With regards to time zones, we`ve had to alter our clocks backwards twice and are now 2 hours behind GMT.
Well folks that’s all our news for now.