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Sea Day 1 of 6

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Got up and went out on the open deck in anticipation of a sunrise photo op. Unfortunately the haze/fog/smog that has blocked the sunrise for a while was there again. There has been no explanation of this meteorological phenomena.

Met up with Jenny for a quick breakfast then we collected our things for our morning activities. Jenny spends most of the day with a group of ladies in what is termed the "Knitters & Knatters" get together, they meet in the Skywalkers Nightclub on Deck 18. I went off to the theatre to attend the Destination presentation on Dubai, the History lecture on the Vikings and the Astronomy lecture on capturing astronomical objects.

Called into the International Cafe for a Steak and Kidney pie. The portions are not excessive, the food range is limited - makes it easy to decide - but there is inadequate seating, so carried it back to the cabin. Topped off the pie with some fruit brought down from breakfast.

Having a hard time deciding what to aim the camera at. On a sea day the subjects are severely limited and even the sunset is unlikely as that occurs at the same time as the evening meal.

Enjoyed our dinner and then tonight's show in the Theatre is the Instrumentalist Katal. A most amazing artist with his violin who mixed classical and rock in an enthusiastic and energetic performance.

For today's image I dug back to the Suez Canal transit you can view my photo by following this link to the image of the Swing Bridge

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony.

Posted by greynomadm 10:24 Archived in United Arab Emirates Comments (2)

Aqaba in Jordan

Monday, 10 October 2016


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A rare port of call for the major cruise lines. But sadly, I didn't even step ashore. Jenny has arranged a refund for the excursion we didn't have. My quarantine has been lifted but I'm still advised to restrict my activity, so I've stayed in the room.

Managed to capture an image from our balcony you can view my photo by following this link to the image for Aqaba

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony.

Posted by greynomadm 12:06 Archived in Jordan Comments (0)

36 Hour Quarantine

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Coughed all night, tossed and turned. Unsteady on my feet, headache and unable to focus. Boy !! Was I a mess. Needless to say Jenny had me down at the medical centre where I was diagnosed with a dose of the Influenza. Confined to the cabin for 36 hours and to avoid unnecessary activity. That puts paid to the planned excursion to Wadi Rum in Jordon.

Spent the rest of the day in bed and was at the point of some recovery when I received the medical bill. Grand total US$447.68.
No more to say about today.

I can't guarantee a specific image to point to, if you want to see the latest, view my project by following this link to the main album.

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 12:03 Archived in Jordan Comments (0)

Transit of the Suez Canal

Saturday, 8 October 2016


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Got up just before 04:00 as the ship was approaching the entrance to the Canal. It was almost total darkness except for the running lights of other ships at anchor and the shore of Port Said. We crept along the buoyed path to the mouth of the Canal. Our speed is well down to the low teens and we have two tugs for escorts.

As the sky brightened we could make out the cargo vessel behind us. I was surprised at the distance between us. One possible reason being to provide time for cross canal ferries to get across. Most of the infrastructure and agriculture is on the West Bank of the Canal. Just before 06:00 we were treated to a lovely sunrise and more detail became visible.

The Canal is much wider than I had expected but this early Northern section is still only for one-way traffic. At about 06:45 we passed under the Suez Bridge. A peculiarity of this bridge is that it is closed to road traffic while ships pass underneath. Security !! Seems that all access to the Canal is controlled by the Military with guard posts at regular intervals on both sides. On the Western Bank there are large numbers of floating bridge segments and lots of individual pontoons.

Our cabin is certainly in the best position to view the more populated Western Bank. There are occasions when I'm forced to find my way up yo Deck 16 in order to capture some item of significance on the Port Side of the ship. One of these significant items being a section where the Canal has been duplicated thereby allowing Northbound vessels to proceed while we continue our Southward trip. it isn't possible to see this new lane as the spoil from the digging has been piled up between the two.

It is just 10:20 and I notice that we're in a large basin of water. There's not sufficient detail on the available map to work out the name. My guess is that it may be the Great Bitter Lake its Southern end marks the start of the one-way traffic of the Southern section of the Canal. By 1430 we had exited the Canal and entered the Red Sea.

We have a full sea day tomorrow as we head for Aqaba in Jordan where we will be going on a Shore Excursion to the Wadi Rum.
Many images of the Canal, most of them fuzzy due to a persistent haze or smog.

I can't guarantee a specific image to point to, if you want to see the latest, view my project by following this link to the main album.

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 12:01 Archived in Egypt Comments (0)

Still Heading for Suez

Friday, 7 October 2016

A quick dash to the open deck for the 06:03 sunrise - I forgot to reset the alarm which remained at 06:00. Managed to snap off a few dozen shots of a brilliant red sun amongst some scattered clouds. Still haven't mastered the focus but they are less blurred than yesterday's.

Back down to the cabin to shower and dress for the day. My usual breakfast of mainly fruits which has drawn the attention of one of the waitresses, she's taken to suggesting I need protein as well. Read the Kindle for a while and made my way to the theatre.

A full house for this morning's lecture by Evon Anderson. Her topic today was the two Canals commencing with the Suez Canal, it's history, plans for the future and mode of operation. She also estimated that it costs the ship around $500,000 to transit the Canal. The drop in the price of oil has had an impact on the number of ships transiting the canal, for some ships the added cost of time and fuel are less than the transit fees. She then provided a similar coverage of the Panama Canal pointing out that there have been some issues with the newly expanded locks. The expected volume of traffic has not materialised. She is also doubtful of the Nicaragua proposal being built in the present economic climate, the principal Chinese backer having recently lost 80% of his wealth.

The noon announcement from the bridge provided some information regarding tomorrow's transit of the canal. The schedule is still uncertain and as this is the inaugural transit for this ship she is to be subjected to a full fitness audit. The Captain is confidant that there will be no technical issues

After lunch I returned to the theatre to watch the movie "A Hologram for the King" with Tom Hanks and Alexander Black. A lighthearted look at the trials and tribulations that beset an American sales executive trying to do business in Saudi Arabia. There were a number of very funny lines but not a show I'd pay to see.

There are rumours about that our Internet Accounts may have been erroneously deducted hundreds of minutes. After 15 minutes of attempts I couldn't gain a connection to the local server to find out. This is well on the way to being the worst Internet Service of any cruise. The only thing that stops me from getting really mad is that I'm not having to pay for it and after all, we are all in the same boat.

Went down to dinner and enjoyed our meals, Jenny went for pork rather than lamb. She was much happier with her selection. Went off to the theatre for a movie rather than a show. The film titled 'Café Society', a strange film about Hollywood in the bad old days of all powerful agents and producers. Jenny lasted all of 10 minutes I left about 5 minutes later.

We've arrived at the assembly area in preparation for tomorrow's transit of the Canal.

I can't guarantee a specific image to point to, if you want to see the latest, view my project by following this link to the main album.

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 11:59 Archived in Egypt Comments (0)

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