A strong easterly wind has churned up the Caribbean and given us a steady swell. So as to make the ride a little more comfortable the Second Mate re-charted the voyage so as to bring us closer to the western side of the West Indian Islands - so we are taking the scenic route of last week in reverse.
As we approach Puerto Rico, I am reminded of the great time we had there just two years ago. We were surprised when the cadet representatives on the Sea Term Council pushed to return there. But, it was a great port visit - we tied up deep into Old San Juan where restaurants, shops, museums, churches and old forts were plentiful. We have been confirmed to dock at the same place this year. We are also planning on hosting over 120 high school students on Saturday. This is a joint effort between the US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration Workforce Development Office and MMA Admissions. We are rounding up the Spanish speaking cadets to help act as tour guides.
On this voyage, we have had aboard Mr. Tom Piascik of our food service provider, Chartwell's Dining Services. Tom tries to make a leg of every cruise, offering cadets and crew alike the opportunity to comment about the shipboard food hospitality. As he plans to depart in San Juan we wish him safe travels heading home.