12.04.2019 - 12.04.2019 13 °C
Queens Suite - Deck 9 - Cabin 9047
Gala Evening - Roaring Twenties
We woke to a glorious sunrise and the ship rocking moderately - enough to keep the bathroom door closed and to be careful when walking.
Two seas days ahead of us but we will be busy packing, doing British Immigration on board etc.
This morning I went on a "walk through" of the Brittania Galley. Fascinating. I have been wanting to see in the galley ever since we arrived on board. The volume of the preparation is immense. This galley is huge and spotlessly clean, of course.
Just a few stats for you - the entire Culinary Brigade consists of 150 chefs who are all under the supervision of the Executive Chef and four Chef De Cuisine.
The whole galley and dining operation is supported by a team of 85 utility hands ranging from dish washers, pot washers and galley cleaners.
Almost 16,000 meals are prepared each day. 700 English scones are served at afternoon tea daily.
87,000 pieces of china and glassware are used daily and all have to be washed, daily. Over 8,000 linen napkins are used and laundered daily. 6,000 cups of tea are served daily. Almost 610 miles of cling wrap is used each year.
After the galley tour, I went to another Professor Margaret Cox lecture entitled "The Lost Soldiers of Fromelles: Search and Identification". These are Australian soldiers and it was quite moving to hear about the discovery and reburial of these young men.
While waiting for the lecture to begin, I started chatting to the lady sitting next to me and she grew up in Canberra and now lives on the Sunshine Coast and her husband is involved in the Canberra City Pipe Band and she is a great friend of an aquaintance of mine from Government House days, Kerrie Cordiner. Her name was Barbara Jones, married to Paul. Small world!
Spent a relaxing afternoon in the cabin and finished my book. Phil slept all morning and afternoon - still getting over his cold.
We went down and "did" UK Immigration and had our passports stamped for entry to Britain and allowing us to stay for 6 months.
Tonight is our last gala night on board and Phil is still moaning about having to dress in a dinner suit, but I like getting dressed up. We have had six gala nights, but the New York to New York people have had 35! THAT would give him something to moan about.
So I donned the "black and gold glitter" dress, plus a purple boa (because it is Roaring Twenties night) and when we arrived at dinner, Osman, our Maitre de escorted me on his arm, to our table. Everyone looked up to see who was getting the special treatment. Oh! Just her! (He usually escorts a lady to her table near us, who, with her husband, are the number one Cunard passengers. That means that they have spent more money than anyone else on Cunard voyages. Cunard phone them and let them know that their cabin is free and outlines the new itinerary.)
After dinner, Chris, Robin and I went to a fantastic rock and roll show by the Rewind Project. They play songs from the sixties and the drummer was the drummer with the Moody Blues for 25 years and the front man for the band was from 10CC. Excellent, excellent show.
Some people around the ship are dressed in Roaring Twenties clothes and they look fab! Some have gone to so much trouble.