Thursday, December 13, 2012

Budapest and the AMALyra- Wednesdy December 12, 2012

We arrived in Budapest about 2 1/2 hours late. We had ice in London and it took that long to get the plane de-iced. The pilot said the fans in the engine were also coated with ice - only the second time in his 15 year career that he had seen engine fans coated with ice. We gladly waited! The extra time on the plane was put to good use. Here is Connie. She could have taken a similar photo of me.
Connie asleep waiting to leave Heathrow

We caught a taxi to the ship and passed a sign indicating the temperature was -19 Celsius. That is -2 Fahrenheit. COLD!. The ship is nicely equipped. The rooms are especially nice and seem much larger since the outside wall is really a large window/ French door. There is some snow on the ground.

The safety drill was accompanied by champagneand a welcome from the Captain (one of three on board).
the captain of the a m a lyra
And we didn't have to put on the life preservers. We just watched as two crew members demonstrated how to do it. Since the river is not very deep and we are never far from shore we can hope we will not be put to the test of actually using them! But the large ship in Italy was also close to shore.

The ship cruised up and down past Budapestafter dinner (which was very good indeed). Passengers were encouraged to go up to the top deck where one could see the lights better. We do not know how many passengers froze to death doing that since Connie and I both crashed. We were in our 33rd hour since being in a bed. The casualty count will be included in a later post.

For Your Edification (from Wikipedia): "Celsius, also known as centigrade, is a scale and unit of measurement for temperature. It is named after the Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius (1701–1744), who developed a similar temperature scale. The degree Celsius (°C) can refer to a specific temperature on the Celsius scale as well as a unit to indicate a temperature interval, a difference between two temperatures or an uncertainty. The unit was known until 1948 as "centigrade" from the Latin centum translated as 100 and gradus translated as "steps"."

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