March 6, 2016 Sea Day

Today there was a shore excursion talk on Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as a location guide talk on the practical information for our next port.

A new lecturer is onboard by the name of Major General Bill Crews who spoke on the Sea Route to India – Vasco da Gama and the Portuguese. He examined the early European exploration and colonization of South Asia and beyond. He gave such an incredible amount of detailed information that it was difficult to follow.

The afternoon included a lecture by Valerie Mock on the Story of Silk where she discussed how silk is harvested and processed. She also talked about Jim Thompson, who revitalized the Thai silk industry with his line of fabrics and pillows before he mysteriously disappeared.

The evening brought a repeat performance for us of the Rotterdam singer and dancers show titled The Midnight Hour.