Today is our final day of the 7 days that it took to get from Nuku Hiva back to San Diego. Tomorrow at 05.30 we will be at the pilot station and coming alongside B Street Pier an hour later. The weather will start out quite chilly but is supposed to reach 70oF by lunch time. It is not so bad to have bit of a cool port day, especially when it is a changeover day. For some reason, everything runs a lot smoother and faster when it is not too warm, or not too cold. That should help with getting our guests quickly on the way to get home for Christmas.
The weather chart of today. The yellow blip to the south on the edge of the wave field is the Statendam. The yellow blip to the north is the Zaandam, just riding the edge of the bad weather system. (The yellow centre indicates 25 feet of wave height. Not very nice)
As expected the ship started to behave a lot better around 9 am in the morning and later on there was only the occasional lurch left when a deeper wave met the ship. The wind died almost down completely and with the sun shining it gave us a nice day to end the cruise. Most of us, including me will go home but some of the guests will travel on to Fort Lauderdale and will celebrate the holidays on board the ship.
We will arrive at our regular time tomorrow morning at 05.30 at the pilot station and we will be docked an hour later. Normally when we arrive San Diego already has a pleasant temperature but this weather front that has been making our life miserable is also bringing a lot of cooler air to Northern California. Thus we will all be wearing our coats when coming in.
This will be my last blog for a while. I am leaving the ship tomorrow, as the latest news is that my relief is indeed under way and will be here on time. I am flying on the 22nd and that means that I will be home on the 23rd. As my wife is with me, it will mean that it will be a bit of a scramble to start the apartment up again, get the car going after 2 months and get the shopping in before Christmas Eve. The Christmas trees are the simple thing this time, I put them back in the loft on top of my apartment, completely decorated. I only have to lower them down.
I hope to add a number of items to my blog during my leave period. I have accumulated quite some information about the older captains and I hope to put that on line, together with some more ship’s bios.
I would like to say thank you to all my blog readers. I hope that I did not bore you but that you found it diverting at times and interesting at other times. If the schedule stays the same, I will return to the Statendam on March 16th.
So I wish you all Happy Holidays with Smooth Seas and Following Winds in the New Year.