Both the shows went well last night, according to the Cruise Director and the passengers who talked to me last night. It’s not the easiest of rooms to work. The audience is on the far side of the dance floor area and if you do choose to work on the dance floor you are too low for the audience at the outer ends of the room to see you clearly.
It would be so much better if the crew rigged the room by moving the audience forward closer to the stage and then, after the shows, either not having dancing at all or clearing the area, which would not take long. I know, from long experience, that the effort would be worth it for all the entertainers.
The ship could not get alongside today in Cozumel; the wind was too great for safety and we have no stern thrusters. The shore authorities decreed that we had to use their very large tender/ferries to get the passengers ashore but that took FAR too long.
I guess that if you are into Mayan ruins and so forth this would be an interesting place but as a port, even though it was much cleaner than we expected, it was just a non stop stream of jewellery and T shirts. Colourful, and a nice walkabout, but I was quite happy to be back on board ship. One of the good features of this trip is to see how far Debbie’s Spanish has come on and as I type she is on the balcony learning more and more. I do admire her persistence.
A Day At Sea
This has been an interesting day in that I finally managed to get online and discover that it is my fault that I couldn’t before. It’s a bit of a rip off charge for what is a very slow connection. £35 for 100 minutes. I managed to get rid of a few queries that had come via emails but then spent most of my time sorting out ebooks onto my e-reader ready for the flight home.
I have come to the conclusion that the people who decry such readers have in fact never used one. I find them much easier to hold that a ‘real’ book and also it is much easier to turn the pages. It can’t be long before the first coloured readers come out. I would put money on them already having them but selling us all the black and white ones first.
The Indian member of staff who does magic in the crew shows was trying to get information out of me and normally I would help but one of the passengers told me that it wasn’t just the tricks that she liked, it was his clever patter. When I asked for an example she said that he did a rope routine with three different length ropes and told a story of the three bears whilst he was doing it.
Seeing as how I wrote that routine when I was 22, and have performed it for the last 52 years you can imagine how delighted I was to hear that. As my own show was on the night after he was on stage I might well have done the same routine and it would have struggled. Why oh why do magicians think they have the right to steal routines? It drives me nuts. I told him and I know he won’t change at all... he cannot see anything wrong with it.
This afternoon Debbie and I sat in the middle of the cabaret floor and were interviewed by Tracey Clegg, the Cruise Director. The audience laughed in all the right places and it passed a pleasant hour.
During tonight we will be travelling up the Mississippi to New Orleans and tomorrow morning we will be going through immigration back into America. Oh what fun.