Today was our regular day at sea. This is also the last day of the cruise and with all the activities that go with it. It was a windy but sunny day and most guests were either out in the sun or enjoying what the daily program was offering.
Let me give you an oversight what a captain does on a day like this also taking into account the issues we had this cruise.
07.00 Wake up call
07.15 â€“ 07.30 Briefing by the senior navigator about the past night and current progress of the voyage.
07.30 â€“ 07.45 Discussion with Chief engineer about past nights speed performance and plans for Tampa.
07.45 â€“ 08.15 Reading and Deleting emails on computer.
08.15 â€“ 08.45 Breakfast and writing daily blog
09.00 – 09.30 Crew meeting.
09.30 â€“ 10.00 Checking and signing engine room logs (engine daily log, oil record book, grey water log)
10.00 â€“ 10.30 Coffee on the bridge and meeting with navigators for arrival Tampa.
10.30 â€“ 11.00 Making report for Head office in regards to speed/shaft behavior past night.
11.15 â€“ noon time Mariner’s Society meeting. 600 of them this cruise.
Noon â€“ 12.25 Pulling weather forecasts of the internet. Good, no wind in Tampa.
12.25 â€“ 12.45 Welcoming Suite guests to Suite luncheon in the crows nest.
12.45 â€“ 13.00 Writing the voice from the bridge additional information.
13.00 â€“ 13.15 Voice with the cruise director.
13.15 â€“ 14.00 Lunch.
14.00 â€“ 14.30 Reading and deleting emails
14.30 – 15.00 Discussion with the chief officer. Topics:paint and officer appraisals.
15.00 â€“ 15.30 Tea time on bridge. Observing junior navigator.
15.30 â€“ 16.00 Installing painting (received in Tampa last week for 25 years of calling) with the ships carpenters. As it is done in a public area, it needs my approval.
16.00 – 16.30 Thinking about and writing a newly wed speech
16.30 â€“ 17.00 Talking to the chief Engineer about Tampa. Bunkering, spares etc.
17.00 â€“ 17.30 Rreading and deleting emails. Uploading blog. Checking weather.
17.30 â€“ 18.00 On the bridge, chief engineer wants to test the bow thruster while sailing.
18.00 â€“ 18.30 Crew meeting and discussion with Hotelmanager
18.30 â€“ 19.15 Dinner
19.30 â€“ 20.15 Renewals of the wedding vows. One couple was supposed to get married in Key West and I had to cancel the call. So I did an amended “Renewals” for them. Oldest couple who was renewing the vows had been married for 50 years.
20.15 â€“ 20.30 Leaving night orders for approach to Tampa Seabuoy.
20.30 – Off to bed. I will be called at midnight for a six hour standby, sailing into Tampa bay.
Not mentioned: on and off the bridge in between to keep an eye on things. Who said that life was dull on a cruise ship…………………