The Cruise

World cruise on the Dawn Princess starting in Sydney on May 21, 2010 and sailing west around the world for 104 days.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dawn Princess World Cruise 2010 - Sunday July 11, 2010

Day 51 Along the coast of Portugal
Sunday at sea was the big day for one performance only by the Dawn Princess Choir. Alan had put the songs together in celebration of the movies and we had practised assiduously for more than 4 weeks. Tunes included “That’s Entertainment” , “Singin’ in the Rain” , a Mary Poppins medley, an Al Jolson medley with Abba’s “Mamma Mia” and “Waterloo” to finish. Abba’s songs are incredibly easy to sing badly but not so easy to sing well. We had even rehearsed an encore piece just in case it was needed! What could be more suitable than “Summer Holiday”. Cliff Richard would approve. The Vista Lounge, usually the stage for the comedian/magician/multi-instrumentalists from the Princess entertainment division, was packed with passengers. It was a bit like parents coming to see their children at a school concert. We knew that no matter how bad we were, there would be thunderous applause. And so it came to pass. The choir had some excellent voices and some truly dreadful ones. But the blend seemed to work and we left them wanting more in accord with the wisdom of the theatrical world. I spent a long, cold evening on deck watching a very dull World Cup Final between Spain and The Netherlands marked only by the large number of fouls and some excellent goal-keeping. It was nearly 11 pm before Spain scored in the last few minutes of extra time. Viva Espana! The weather is getting cooler as we head north towards Le Havre and Southampton but there are still plenty of suitable activities on board. (Bill) PS great to see the Cats 2 point victory over Hawthorn.

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