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After Tortola, we had two days at sea to enjoy while making the return journey to New York. Julia was very excited to realize that we would again transit the famed Bermuda Triangle. The Bermuda Triangle, bounded by Bermuda, Miami, and San Juan, is the storied zone where ships and aircraft have reportedly disappeared under mysterious circumstances. I must report that we did not witness any paranormal activity and Carnival Miracle came through without incident. But, at the same time we were sailing through a part of the Sargasso Sea and that was interesting to observe. Miles of seaweed could be observed close to the surface of the blue water as the ship passed over the beds. The sea was exceptionally calm in these latitudes.
On Thursday, there was a Galley Tour. It's always interesting to hear the statistics on the volume of food taken on board and to see the preparation of salads, desserts, and more. The production show that evening was Ticket to Ride, featuring Beatles music. The singers and dancers acted out the songs and portrayed a 60s vibe. A band from the Philippines named Music Unlimited put on a very credible performance as the Fab Four.
On Friday, the last day at sea, Susan and I went on the Backstage Tour. This tour takes guests behind the scenes at the Phantom Show Lounge.
One fun activity we went to see on Friday was the conclusion of Horse Racing at Sea. That's a time-honored tradition on sea voyages. (In the film A Majority of One, horse racing at sea is shown aboard a transpacific liner in the 1950s using exactly the same type "horses" as were used here.) Carnival does it with a twist. Passengers who wanted to participate as "owners" (not us) had to "buy" a horse figure early on and then parade it around all during the voyage and decorate it. When the horses are finally "raced", passengers place bets and the distances run are determined by throw of dice. It's all in good fun.
In the midst of all this, I found time to finish reading Into the Wild.