The internet has been impossible for several days now...even late at night, so we are way behind!
The ship is moving smoothly now that we are on the Amazon River. We crossed over the sand bar entrance, with about 9 feet under our keel, early this morning, around 2AM. According to the Captain, "with little problem!" When we look out there is dense green vegetation on both sides of the ship. We are sailing between two of the many islands that form the delta of the Amazon. The largest one, Marajo, the size of Switzerland, is on our port side. It is the largest island in the world completely surrounded by fresh water.
Dick goes back to the room to play on the computer and Carolyn goes to the outside lounge on Deck 6 aft to watch the river go by. There are rain clouds all around the ship and the landscape is interesting in all its greenness.
There is a star gazing program scheduled for tonight, but it is really cloudy so it is canceled. It is also the Mariner’s 10th birthday. At the end of Ray's show, they introduced the dozen or so staff and crew who have served on the ship since the first day along with showing off a huge birthday cake in the shape of the ship. Also, they are having a big bash in Stars, but we pass and go to bed...we are such party animals!!