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Today, is Saturday, even though it doesn’t feel like a Saturday, and it’s been hotter than ever out on deck.

This morning, I ran my ‘Summer Trees’ class. I was pleased that we actually managed to keep it to a single session (albeit a full-to-bursting one) because that meant I could stretch it out more and make it better, and more in-depth, instead of having to keep it to around one hour in length to accommodate a second sitting.

After we’d finished clearing up after the class, and had lunch, we headed out on deck to walk a few laps. However, it proved to be a little on the warm side; after a couple of laps, we paused in the shade near the front of the ship to watch out for wildlife. Now that we are approaching the Caribbean, the opportunities for spotting something are greatly increased. As it happened, we didn’t see much; we’re still seeing flying fish, and there were a couple of masked boobies following the ship, hoping to snap a few up as we went along.

A brief, light shower of rain cooled things down a touch, allowing us to walk a few more laps before having to rest again. Eventually, we headed towards the back of the ship (where there are no fewer than 5 tiered decks to choose from), to relax, read and order a long, cold drink.

As the sun started going down, this was the view from the back deck…

In the evening, after dinner, we went along to the ‘Palladium’ Show Lounge to watch the first of two shows by ‘The Band’ – also known as the Columbus Orchestra. Instead of being tucked away in the little box where they usually are for shows, just off the side of the stage in the upper circle, they took the whole stage up and entertained us, along with the Tatianna the violinist, with an interesting, diverse selection of instrumental musical numbers.

On the way out of the theatre, after the performance, we noticed a large number of people congregating out on deck 7. Initially, we thought it was the smoking brigade, but closer inspection revealed that they were looking out towards lights on the horizon. We were passing the island of Antigua, which signified the end of the Atlantic Ocean, and the start of the Caribbean Sea.

Once more, the clocks went back on hour, putting us 4 hours behind the UK.

Peter Woolley

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