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Day 16 - Last sea day

Heading home

Up early and actually made it to breakfast well before closing. I made sure I had time left on my internet plan so I could put the punters club bets on, however I log in to find my 23 minutes have gone. I cant prove I had the time nor could I prove that I had logged out properly although I know I did. I pay for a third plan for this cruise, this time 100 minutes. As quickly as I can I put some bets on and emailed the others. Later I find out I didn't punt very well.

There are a lot of activities on today. This morning there is a meet the chef session that includes a tour of the galley, might be interesting. There are a few different trivia sessions, mock horse racing, two jackpot trivia rounds, a meet the cast and backstage tour and the final of Pacific Popstars - the passenger talent show. Dave who is one of our dinner companions is a finalist. I attend the meet the cast and do the backstage tour. I should have bought the camera with me. The crew are quite interesting, most are from England and have only been together as a team for a few months. They seem to get along really well and apparently two of the 8 are a couple. They tell stories of wardrobe malfunctions and what they do when something goes wrong. The Pacific Cirque team is also on stage, there are two Aussies and a South African in the 6 person group. Very talented and circus trained. The backstage tour involved a walk through of the narrow dressing room area. It is amazing how these guys manage to change between scenes in such a small space, when you include dressers etc it would be organised chaos.

The theatre is then the venue for Pacific Popstar final. Sylvia and I both cheer for Dave's version of Michael Buble's Feeling Good but a young man who includes a bit of rap in his routine wins. The last act was particularly noteworthy, she had us all in stitches. She is a petite, solidly built Maori lady who showed us in her heat that she liked to ham it up a bit. She went all out, singing Save the last dance. She first tried one of the male judges, touching his face and playing with his hair. The look on his face was priceless, particularly when she pushed him back in the chair and threw a leg over to sit on his lap facing him. His face was so red and he was visibly uncomfortable not knowing what she might do next. He wasn't playing so she went to the other end of the table and tried a similar act on the other male judge. He drew his chair into the table as much as he could and wrapped his legs around the table leg so she couldn't sit on his lap. She did try though and we saw her leg try to fit between two of the judges as she tried to get through the other way. She gave up and moved back around to the front of the table. There was an instrumental section of the song so she did a dance segment that involved some version of ballet spins. She was wearing a knee length dress with a flowing skirt so when she spun nothing was left to the imagination. The judges reacted in an exaggerated manner. I laughed so much I had tears rolling down my face. Their comments on her performance were quite funny but you could tell they weren't sure what to say. Later Dave's said that backstage she told the others she was just going to go out on stage and have some fun. Mission accomplished!

The bingo people started coming in before the show finished and in normal talking voices started asking people if they could move up or if seats were taken. Scheduling could have been a lot better. I leave before bingo starts, that episode on the Sun Princess put me off bingo on ships.

Dinner was the usual table for six at six. I had 2 hours so I grabbed a hot chocolate and went to my cabin to watch a movie or something. I retread the instructions for disembarkation. I need to place the purple tag provided on my bag, after completing my details on it, then in the morning I need to be in the theatre at 8.20 ready to leave. I start packing around 5 which was a little late in retrospect given I also had to get ready for dinner. At 5.55 I was showered and dressed , my suitcase was packed I just needed to complete the details on the purple tag and leave it outside the door on my way to dinner. The problem was the tag had a section for my flight details. I didn't know my flight number and couldn't find it quickly. I will come back and fix it after dinner.

Dinner was interesting, it was obvious that Dave's was disappointed about the contest, not that he didn't win necessarily but they didn't do a first, second and third, there was just a winner. After dinner a suggestion was made that we go for a coffee in the Atrium. I fix up my suitcase, making sure I didn't miss something that I didn't need tonight. Then down the six floors to the Atrium. We have a coffee/tea/hot chocolate, a chat and listen to the music. At 9.30 we said our farewells and rushed up to the theatre for the last night show. They started this with a countdown of the stupid questions asked by passengers. They did this on the other two cruises so it must be a common theme. The last question was different though, the spa was offering mini facials and were asked how small did your face need to for the mini facial. After the show, they had a cast jam session in the Atrium with bands and other acts. I met Sylvia there and watched for a while it was very entertaining. I thought I should try to go to bed early-ish to make sure I was up and ready to vacate the cabin by 8.

Posted by Christinesolo 01:28 Archived in Australia

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