Bound for Honolulu

We are now midway through five whole days at sea before we arrive in Honolulu. One morning I attended a session on skincare and we both watched our Executive Chef (who happens to be Australian) cook the perfect steak and present it with accompaniments. We saw a demonstration on how to prepare sushi and listened to Tazy, a pro-surfer, as he talked about his life as a surfer and presented a slide show on the famous Maverick waves off the California coast, some of the biggest in the world. We certainly have a variety of entertainment options.

But it was one particular evening show that really impressed. David Meyer from the US plays an unusual musical instrument called a Zylosynth; a cross between a zylophone and a synthesizer. This means he can play any type of music and mimic many different instruments. We’ve now heard him twice, playing music that ranged from classical (The Flight of the Bumblebee, The Nutcracker Suite, etc.) to popular (Phantom of the Opera, Riverdance, etc.). He was also joined on stage by his beautiful wife, a professional dancer. Meyer’s energy is unbelievable and the special effect lighting only added to an already amazing show.

We rose before dawn on 25 April to attend the ship’s ANZAC Day service. This was hosted by our Australian Cruise Director Ben and was a moving tribute to past and current soldiers. One passenger gave a speech and two read poems; one from a school child in Queensland. And the ship’s trumpeter played The Last Post whilst the Australian and New Zealand flags flapped wildly in what was an early morning gale that only added to the eeriness of the occasion. Hundreds of Australian passengers attended the commemoration.

On our final couple of days at sea we had the third of our 'formal nights' on board when the passengers dress up to the nines. Many of the women wear full length gowns and the men tuxedos. But most of the Australians on board settled for understated elegance for the ladies and suits or jackets for the men. Either way, its a great excuse to get dressed up.

And on thus final formal night the hundreds of chefs, kitchen hands and waiters are introduced to the passengers via a very vibrant celebration comprising the waving of napkins and a parade through the restaurant.

Chelsea, the young Marine Biologist on board had already entertained and educated us on volcanoes, whales and other sea life. On the final day she held a Q&A session where passengers could ask her anything pertaining to the sea. It was a fascinating session and of course the issue of Japanese whaling was raised, along with the pros and cons of holding sea life in aquariums and theme parks. Chelsea's blog is at: and is well worth a look.