March 27, 2013 Sea Day
This mornings Good Morning Amsterdam guests were three members of the Amsterdam orchestra. Joe Daley lectured on the modern nautical safeguards that ship employ these days against pirates here in the Indian Ocean. The number of pirate attacks on ships in the area has caused insurance costs to soar some 1,000 times in some cases. Many countries that rely on safe import and export ships to transit these waters often station war ships in the area to assist with any unforeseen pirate attacks. Many of the shipping vessels are installing citadel rooms that are pirate proof control rooms to buy time until help can arrive from area war ships. We continue to have 24-hour guards on deck with binoculars to keep an eye out for any pirate boats in the area. They assure us that cruise ships are not usually targets due to the large number of passengers and crew.
We enjoyed Sri Lankan afternoon high tea in the dining room this afternoon with friends. Tea is served most days in the Crow’s Nest, but when it is served in the dining room it is particularly tempting. They usually have many more pastries and treats to choose from and it is a buffet rather than the passed trays. Yum! Yum!
The entertainment this night was a repeat performance from comedian Jeff Burghart and electric cello player Mariusz.