Friday, 19 June 2009

Ocean Village II Decktop Show

5 May 2009. We were back onboard Ocean Village II as she made her way down the Adriatic from Croatia towards Greece. Zakinthos is our port for tomorrow.

That night there was a show on the main pool deck with the acrobats and showteam. We were up there early to get a good spot against the rail on the top deck and there was a stiff breeze blowing which soon chilled us right down.

"Don't worry, the captain will steer the ship round for the show so the wind won't be felt." He must have forgotten... The show opened with singer/guitarist Chris O'Leary - a lad after my own heart!

Laser beams were shooting out, writing "PLANET" - the name of the show - against the chimney stack of the ship. I always think lasers are more spectacular if you ignore what they are writing or drawing. It's the beam itself that's more spectacular.

Then whilst the showteam sang their hearts out and danced about in futuristic costumes, the acrobats gave their performances on trapeze, cloth, swinging hoops and other apparatus way up there in the night sky on the 40 foot framework on top of the deck. One wrong move and splash!...

It was very spectacular - the acrobats were mainly from Colombia and they definitely have more nerve than I do!

By the end of the show my teeth were in danger of chattering and I had to wonder how the acrobats had managed in skimpy costumes and trying desperately to hang onto each other whilst dangling from a trapeze by their feet.

"Sorry, love, I was cold..." wouldn't quite have cut it had one of them been catapulted over the side in the dark...

After the show there was an opportunity to have your photo taken with the cast. Ever the cheapskate, I took my own. I've no idea who the people in the middle are, but they looked to be enjoying themselves anyway!

We went down below and ended up in the casino. Fran loves playing the slot machines. It doesn't do a lot for me so I usually just sit and watch our money disappear! Anyway she was down to her last 10 tokens and the woman from the next machine moved and Fran gave me half the coins and I promptly won 72 pounds much to the disgust of the woman who had simply moved behind us... Sorry, dear, if you snooze, you lose...

Large versions of the photos: Chris O'Leary, laser, acrobat, cast

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