Day 26...Circumventing the Australian continent...Rough days at sea continue...Major course changes...

Our ship, Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas, taken while we walked to the train station.
"Sighting on the Ship in Australia"

Art on display in the gallery area on the ship.
These past few days have been interesting aboard the ship as we've continued along unable to disembark to tour any ports.  With our itinerary changed from visiting the South Island of New Zealand to the North Island, the number of days at sea have been increased to accommodate the changes due to inclement weather.

As described by the captain, the bad weather in the Tasman Sea has required many cruise ships to be diverted to less turbulent areas.  Apparently, changing course is not the easiest task for the captain, navigational crew and support staff.

Golf course on the way to Adelaide.
New ports of call have to be determined, tours and transportation arranged, new materials designed and printed and entertainment and other activities rescheduled.

Many entertainers board the ship at specific ports along the way, only staying aboard until their established performance dates are completed.  Now, with these changes, several will have to fly to alternate ports of call to board the ship. 

There is an array of manufacturing plants and facilities in the outskirts of Adelaide. 
In some cases, this isn't possible and the cruise director and support staff will be required to arrange new shows from the ship's own performers, in itself not necessarily an easy task when many passengers may have already seen several performances. 

In any case, the reason for all of the above, outrageously rough seas, has been instrumental in these and more required changes.  More importantly for many passengers has been falling prey to seasickness which is prevalent among some travelers who are determined to head out to sea with patches behind their ears, wrist bands and medication to avert the horrible feeling of associated with this dreadful condition.

Apartment buildings as we neared Adelaide.
Not only have many passenger fallen ill with the "cruise cough" but now are also suffering with seasickness.  Although the cough hit both of us for which we're now on the mend, we are gratefully free of any feelings of nausea, cold sweat, pale skin and vomiting.  For some odd reason, neither of us ever suffers with seasickness. 

Building near the university.
I wish that last night at dinner I'd had the camera with me.  The seas were so rough, that plates of food were flying across the dining room.  Later, as we walked past the shops, we noticed hundreds of bottles of alcohol in the duty free shop had tumbled to the floor, many breaking.  

War memorial on the corner of King William Road.
It was still light during our Thanksgiving dinner in the Cascades dining room and we were able to watch the approximate 30 foot swells by looking out the many windows.  We were on deck 4 and water was splashing on the windows.  We discouraged our friend Lois, who suffers from seasickness, from looking out the windows, which furthers exacerbates the symptoms.

Displays in the other areas had also fallen to the floor.  Once we returned to our cabin, we noticed the one suitcase we'd left out in a corner had rolled across the floor.  During the night, I had to get out of bed when numerous items we'd left on the desk were rolling back and forth as the rolling continued. 

More older buildings line the boulevard than the more modern.
Walking from the bed to the bathroom in the tiny cabins was challenging it itself let alone taking a shower which required hanging onto the grab bar to avoid falling in the even tinier space.

Once we left the cabin this morning, as the ship made its way toward New Zealand's North Island (where we lived on the alpaca farm for three months ending on April 15, 2016), we noticed a slight decrease in the rocking and rolling.  Hopefully, especially for those suffering, we hope this soon ends.

Another statue near the library.
Today, as always, we're content and enjoying the final days of this lengthy cruise.  Tonight's formal night.  We'll do our best to dress appropriately.

We celebrated Thanksgiving (US holiday) yesterday but wish all of our family and friends in the US a very meaningful and enjoyable day.  Gratefulness prevails on this day and always.

Photo from one year ago today, November 24, 2015:
A ferry passing in the morning in Fiji.  For more photos, please click here.


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