Day 68 Off the coast of Puerto Rico
Today was another day at sea with quite smooth travelling. I attended Richard’s talk entitled The “Oil” of 17th Century Globalization: Sugar and Rum. During this talk he traced the history of slavery starting with Joseph from the Old Testament. During the 17th century, slaves were taken from Africa to the Caribbean to work on the sugar plantations there, the molasses from the sugar was taken to Newport to be made into rum then the rum was taken to Africa to buy slaves, and so the triangle repeated itself.
We learnt the Mayfair Quickstep at dancing class today. Tonight, we were entertained by the new group of Princess dancers and singers, who boarded the ship in New York. They did a most energetic show called Shimmy. This involved many songs and dances from the fifties. Their show was more vibrant than the shows put on by the previous group of singers and dancers. They were talented in what they did, both the male and female singer had strong voices and the whole cast acted out the songs. I am looking forward to more performances from them. (Barbara) Just for the record, the baseball game in New York resumed about 6 pm that day after a 2.5 hour rain delay. The Yankees subsequently won 12 – 6 but the “Arod” did not get his record. Choir practice continues. So far on the cruise, we have done tributes to the movies and the theatre as well as an Anzac Service and American Trilogy. On this leg, we are doing a tribute to the Big Bands (broadly speaking). Your trivia activity for tonight is to sing the first line of each song out loud. Answers in tomorrow’s blog. No cheating! In the Mood, Juke Box Saturday, Little Brown Jug, Goody Goody, On the Sunny Side of the Street, Blue Skies, Always, Sentimental Journey, And the Angels Sing, When They Begin the Beguine, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Take the A Train, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Come Fly with Me, You Make Me Feel So Young, Paper Moon, Nearness of You, I Get a Kick out of You, My Kind of Town, Chicago, Lili Marlene, I’ll be Seeing You, White Cliffs, We’ll Meet Again. (Bill)