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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

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