Entry 137, August 8th, 2011, 3:31pm (GMT +2)
The ocean is stunning today. There's a large swell out of the Northwest coming in across the port bow, meaning that the ship is moving around the most she has this entire Mediterranean season. An hour ago the wind shifted to the Northeast and so there are lots of confused little ripples across the water. I'm sitting on the back deck watching the stern post trace counterclockwise circles against the horizon. It's about time that the Mediterranean decided to act like a proper ocean; it's been far too submissive the past several months. Today it is a majestic dark blue, with white wave tops and spray whipping through the air in the sparkling sunlight. It's exhilarating, and makes one feel glad to be alive.