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Me and the Sargasso Sea

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.

Lido pool
Flying fish frollicked in these waters, appearing suddenly, skimming above the water, and then disappearing again. There were many "ohs" and "ahs" when they appeared! 


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.

Nick and Nora's specialty restuarant
As might be imagindd, there isn't much space for costume and set storage for the three production shows presented during the voyage or for dressing rooms tucked in the bow of the ship. Afterwards, the theatre techs and the dance captain described the entertainment wing of the ship's staff and preparation of shows at sea. (Julia had already met the techs one evening at the Horatio's buffet. She is into theatre design. It so happened Carnival's chief theatrical sound designer was on the cruise to supervise.)      

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.

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Me and the Sargasso Sea
Me and the Sargasso Sea
Lido pool
Lido pool
Nick and Noras specialty restuara…
Nick and Nora's specialty restuar…
New York skyline at Nick and Noras
New York skyline at Nick and Nora's
Hmm, the flying fish really are ou…
Hmm, the flying fish really are o…
Cheese sculpture
Cheese sculpture
The Maitred presents the Galley T…
The Maitre'd presents the Galley …
Galley Tour: Food carvings
Galley Tour: Food carvings
Galley Tour: Salads
Galley Tour: Salads
Galley Tour
Galley Tour
Galley Tour
Galley Tour
Galley Tour: salad preparation
Galley Tour: salad preparation
Galley Tour: ice carving
Galley Tour: ice carving
Galley Tour: dessert preparation
Galley Tour: dessert preparation
Bacchus Dining Room
Bacchus Dining Room
Julia and Drew--Second Formal Night
Julia and Drew--Second Formal Night
The waitstaff gets crazy!
The waitstaff gets crazy!
Ticket to Ride show: Beatles medley
Ticket to Ride show: Beatles medley
Ticket to Ride show
Ticket to Ride show
Ticket to Ride show: The Beatles
Ticket to Ride show: The Beatles
Ticket to Ride show
Ticket to Ride show
Backstage Tour: Prop storage
Backstage Tour: Prop storage
Backstage Tour: costume storage
Backstage Tour: costume storage
Theatre techs and Dance captain
Theatre techs and Dance captain
Horse Racing at Sea
Horse Racing at Sea
Calm seas
Calm seas
Sushi Bar
Sushi Bar
Turndown service
Turndown service
Last night at sea
Last night at sea