This morning we had our Disembarkation Meeting in the “Hearts and Minds” Wedding Chapel. We learned that we were a member of the Blue 8, whatever that meant. Our main instructions were to leave our bags outside our door by 10:00 pm tonight and show up in the Bordeaux Room at 7:55 am tomorrow. After the meeting we went down to the kiosk on deck 5, and checked our bill so far, and found that our laundry bill was $86. We had done a lot of laundry, and hotel laundry prices being what they are, we were relieved it was not more.
I got a message from the boat saying that the ship’s Chief Engineer would be able to meet
with me after all, at 11:45 am. That was fine with me, and I met William Witts, who is from a town in northern England. We talked engine stuff and so forth for about twenty minutes. He’s been on many ships, including this one for the last three months. The ship was built in 1902 with two main diesels on Deck 1, with a third added later. There is also a GE LM2500 gas turbine (Oil fueled) up on deck 13 which would leave it available in case the engine room flooded. Just about everything on board is electrically powered, including the main props, whose motors are powered by huge variable frequency alternators. The jet engine-looking things on each side of the stack are purely ornamental, with no function at all. I asked how they got the props to run so slowly as we moved through Glacier Bay. You can’t go from zero to 10 rpm, he said. You have to come down from about 30 rpm to 10.
We showed up at one pm to prepare for our second concert. Tony was talking to Carolyn Gertz, who recognized him as the Principal she had taught under years ago at Clairemont School in Elko Village, Illinois.
The show went well. The sound balance was much better because Daniel had added two microphones to pick up the chorus better. Afterwards, we relaxed in the coffee shop, and as we left I managed to convince Greta to try her hand at Texas Hold’em, one of our favorite games. That
turned out to be my mistake, because she cleaned me out (for $20) on our second hand with pocket Kings!
I went to the cashier to settle my poker account and found the lady ahead of collecting fifteen $100 bills for winning at bingo.
At dinner we heard about Bryce’s tour of the entire ship, which sold out the first day. He got to see the bridge, where he met the Captain, and then visited the galley, the laundry room, the control room, and I expect, other interesting places.
Then came the big question of the day: Could we pack our two big bags so that we could live out of one and ship the other directly to Fairbanks? I turned out to be not such a problem after all. After a cool walk around the ship it was past our bedtime.