March 16, 2013 Sea Day

March 16, 2013  Sea Day

Good Morning Amsterdam’s guests this morning were the dance hosts Mike and Judy from Wales. They are an older couple that has been married for 43 years and teach the guests a variety of dances. Most sea days they have dance lessons in the Queens Lounge and all of the lessons are free.

Guest lecturer Robert Schrire’s lecture this day was titled: The Elephant and the Dragon where he discussed how China and India are neighbors but also rivals. India will soon surpass China in population but China has been soaring over the last twenty years when it comes to productivity and raising the living standards for millions of its people. Most economists, including those in China, do not believe that China’s growth is sustainable, while India’s is moving slowly but steadily upward.

For the first time this trip we are traveling east rather than north and had to change our clocks forward, meaning that we lost an hour today. Rather than losing the hour in the night the ship turns the clocks forward at two in the afternoon so that we lose an hour of daytime activities instead.

We saw the 2012 version of the Academy Award nominated movie Anna Karenina in the Wajang movie theater today. The film is set in late 19th century Russian society where aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. The cast includes Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

The variety show this evening was a variety show with pianist Van-Anh Nguyen and singer-comedian Jonathan Clark.