Sunday, October 2 – At sea Our history lectures resumed with a discussion of the migration of peoples to this corner of the planet. We learned of the timing of the movement of the various groups west to east from Asia to these islands. Melanesians to first went to Australia, then Micronesians to Tonga, Somoa, and New Guinia and then the Polynesians to the other islands, including Hawaii relatively recently. We also had another destination lecture on the upcoming visit to Pago Pago, American Somoa.
We attended the Captain’s circle party in the afternoon, got a free drink and news about Princess cruises, and special presentations were made to the three passengers on board who have spend the most days at sea with Princess. The top traveler is an Aussie who has sailed 1324 days with Princess. What a life! After dinner last night we were entertained by Ivor Richards, a British comedian who sang a bit. He had quite a string of one liners – British humor for the most part- that were quite funny.
Monday, October 3 – At sea A continuation of the history lecture series focused on the anthropology positions taken by various explorers and scientists on the customs of the people of these islands. The astronomy series resumed with discussion of the moon and other moons in our solar system. We have noticed that since the moon has reappeared this week, the crescent is on the bottom (like a dish) rather than being on the side as we find in Maryland. Our perspective on the moon makes the difference.
We had a navigation at sea lecture by a Senior 2nd officer of the bridge, Rebecca Cannon, this afternoon, explaining how the ship works, how it is controlled, and who does the various jobs associated with driving the ship. Very light presentation – learned a lot. Seems like there are lots of folks up-stairs making this trip safe for us and down-stairs working with the engines and ship machinery.
After supper we were again startled at the talents of the on-board production crew: Stardust- oldies song and dance.