— Hello, Mike. I hear you’ve just returned from a holiday cruise.
— Right. I spent over a week on board the ‘Odessa’, a very beautiful sea-going liner.
— OK. It seems to me I know her (the ship-she). Isn’t it a beautiful ship with three decks? I saw it when I was in Novorossiysk last time.
— Oh, this ship often calls at the port of Novorossiysk. It was there that I went on its board.
— Was it a rough or a smooth voyage? I know that a heavy storm was raging for two days on the Black Sea. I mean last week.
— It took me a few days to get accustomed to the rolling motion of the ship. But all the same I can’t say that I’m a poor sailor.
— Well you see, the displacement of the ‘Odessa’ is large. Once I happened to be on board a small ship and the motion and rocking of it was awful. And you can easily go by the board when the sea is rough enough.
— Yes, I always try to hold on tightly to the rail even if it’s windy. But I prefer to weather a storm in the cabin.
— By the way, how many passengers does the “Odessa” accommodate?
— I’m not absolutely sure, but 600 at least. Oh, you know I shared the cabin with a very interesting person, a biologist coming from America. He told me a lot about the fauna of the sea.
— Ok. I know that usually there isn’t much space in a cabin. There’s hardly any room to turn in.
— No, we had enough room, and there were even spacious lockers to keep our clothing and essentials there, despite the fact that it was 2nd class.
— And what impressed you most of all while traveling? I
— Ok. Let me think… It was the view from the sun deck; it’s rather high – about 50 meters above the sea-level.
— Ok, I can hardly imagine such a height of the ship. And all the same, did you experience any problems while traveling?
— No, I didn’t since the moment they raised the gangway and up to the moment I came ashore.
— That’s all right. So I think I’ll take the same cruise next summer. Thank you for the information.
— Not at all. I really strongly advise you to do it and you’ll never regret of it.