April 13, 2013 Sea Day

April 13, 2013  Sea Day

Good Morning Amsterdam this morning featured a new celebrity guest chef by the name of Chris Smith. Chris was diagnosed with Stage 1 Diabetes at the age of 27, which led him to begin thinking about what he was eating. He lectured all over the U.S. on healthier ways to eat and prepare tasty and easy to prepare meals. He has written several cookbooks.

Barbara, our Travel Guide, lectured on things to see and do in our next two ports of call:  St. Helena and Ascension Island.

One of the women onboard whose husband had died recently was granted permission to have his ash burial at sea today. He was fascinated with Namibia and wanted his ashes to be scattered in the ocean off of Namibia.

The afternoon brought back Howard Walker who lectured on West Africa where he discussed the historic influences of ancient West Africa kingdoms, Islam’s centuries old presence, Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the future for West Africa. It was a lot of ground to cover in a short amount of time but it was very interesting.

It was a formal night onboard so we dressed up in our tuxedos for drinks, dinner and the show. The entertainment was the Amsterdam singers and dancers who performed a show called Hit List. The music was an upbeat journey through the world of popular, contemporary music from artists such as Prince, Madonna, Elvis, and Sting.  Earlier, we attended the dress rehearsal for the show, which was open to the public.