The Cruise

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

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Dawn Princess World Cruise 2010 - Saturday August 7, 2010

Day 78 Acapulco Mexico
We arrived in Acapulco Bay at 6.00 a.m. this morning. Bill and I went swimming with the dolphins. I was a bit scared in the beginning because I am not a confident swimmer, but I really enjoyed the experience of swimming with these gentle giants. At times we had a dolphin to ourselves, sometimes there were two to a dolphin and occasionally three to a dolphin. We patted the dolphins and kissed them and fed them and the dolphins propelled us along the water at very high speed. We were given a video of our hour with the dolphins, and also some photos that were taken while we were swimming. A group of Mexican musicians and dancers came on board to entertain us just before we sailed. They were called Antonio Ramirez’s Mexican Folklorico Festival. They did the Mexican Hat Dance. Their costumes were made of the most vibrant colours, their music was very Mexican and their dances were varied. They won the International Folkloric Festival in Canada this year. In one of their dances a male and female made a large bow out of a piece of ribbon, using only their feet as they danced. Another male dancer danced with a lasso, which he danced through and over and beside. The group performed an Aztec dance and a dance introduced to Mexico by Chilean fishermen. There was also a dance where a girl and two dancers dressed as old men with walking sticks showed the old men still interested in the young women. It was a comedy act and they got a woman from the audience up to participate. Just before we sailed tonight, our Captain who sailed from Sydney to Dubai, came on the loud speaker to say he was back in charge of the ship. He was meant to get on in L.A. but has got on early. Everybody cheered to have him back on as he was very popular with the Australians, because he talked to us and told us what was happening. Tonight, we are going to the theatre to watch the movie, The Quiet American. It is a movie I have always wanted to see but never managed to see it. Michael Caine whom I like, stars in it and the story is based on a Graham Greene novel. Graham Greene would have to be one of my favourite authors. (Barbara) During the Panama Canal transit, the ship bumped quite severely into the side of the lock. The painters were out today to repair the long scratch mark down the side. Every day the dolphins are taken out into Acapulco Bay for exercise from the cramped conditions of the pool. But they come back with the boat at the end of the day. They know where the food is. “Weather-wise it’s such a lovely day. Just say those words and we’ll beat those birds down to Acapulco Bay.” (Frankie) Bill

1 comment:

  1. Hi,
    I left the ship in Southampton and am suffering from "Princess Syndrome". Until the ship comes home I will not have closure to my holiday. I had such a great time onboard. I really enjoy and look forward to your updates. It's good to hear the old captain is back, that will make the rest of the trip much better. Your blog is medicinal for me so keep it up, thank you.....