The weather was rainy, but not cold as we disembarked in Vancouver with Bill & Ruth Craven. We grabbed a taxi and headed to Yaletown to check out “Cento Notti”, or 100 Days in Italian. We had tried this restaurant last year when it was called 100 Days, which meant that it would close and be re-invented every 100 days. This is the third re-incarnation and has been redecorated in Italian Bistro style. After checking it out we headed to a Starbucks for coffee and walked around part of Yaletown until 1100 when brunch started at “Cento Notti”. The fare was pretty standard, except for a lobster and crab eggs benedict, where the crab and lobster were made into a cake and substituted for the English muffin.
After brunch we shopped for a dress shirt for Bill Craven and then back to the ship where we departed at 1700 in rain. We were awakened at 0100 as we turned the corner at Swiftsure Bank and headed south. The winds and seas continued to increase overnight and when Miriam and I went to the observation deck at 0700 the seas were 20 feet and the winds were gusting to 67 knots. After breakfast and a workout the seas continued to build and at 1000 the captain cancelled the Astoria stop due to near hurricane force winds. The ship slowed to 9 knots as we headed into building seas and the entire ship was creaking and flexing. We went back to the 10th level observation deck and enjoyed the ride. The winds are predicted to exceed 75 knots later today but subside around midnight. All the outside decks were closed, as well as the main pools.
Our first and hopefully last major storm at sea!