The day started out great; a good workout at the gym, a leisurely morning around the ship, life is good. Jordan and I played a little Blackjack, (Lady Luck was not with us) so we retreated to the slots for a short time. Jordan entered a poker tournament that lasted even a shorter amount of time; we won’t go into the details, but let’s just say Lady Luck was a no show again!
After our mutual lackluster performances, a light lunch at the pub and two rousing games of darts (I won!), we decided to visit the game tables (not gaming) and play some Yahtzee. No sooner had we arrived, than we both observed the quick change in motion and highflying waves. I said “I can’t do this” and Jordan suggested we “run for the bands”- motion sickness bands that is. Good idea, as my head started throbbing and we both parked ourselves with Dramamine, a blanket and a nap (nap is a loose term as we really just dozed due to the ships’ motion).
There was no point in even considering putting on our game face and dressing up for semi-formal night. The seas (which are displayed on our TV) were now listed as “rough” with near gale force winds and waves up to twelve feet. Fortunately, we were well stocked with the supplies we needed to keep everything “in-check”, however, many others had not so well planned and the ship’s public areas were mostly deserted. The ship’s movement and the fatigue from the meds (along with my pounding head) sidelined us more than anything.
Waking this morning found the wave situation improved to “moderate” waves (ok, if you say so) and we can feel slightly less movement, although we are still shifting from side to side. We are all keeping a watch on the weather, and not anticipating danger so much as inconvenience. Seems like we are on an hour-by-hour march with Hurricane Earl to see who arrives in New York first (and where). The last thing QM2 wants is to be docked if there is a hurricane, so should we be on a collision course with the storm, we would hold out at sea to avoid the rush. Of course, this impacts many connecting travel plans for current passengers, as well as those expecting to embark in New York. But better safe than sorry. . .
Well, we will keep our fingers crossed and begin organizing and packing up some of our luggage to avoid any delays or disembarkation mishaps. We are almost home!