Sunday, 31 January 2016
31.01.2016 - 31.01.2016
Early sunrise this morning as the forges South Westerly with the coast of Africa on the starboard side. The wind has abated but there is still a significant swell. The ship is still making 20 knots but we've made no improvement on our arrival time which is still scheduled for 13:00, still five hours late.
The Internet has been down overnight and is still inaccessible at 08:00 this morning. I suspect a re-boot of the server is required. I'll need to post yesterday's entry as soon as I can. Fortunately the delayed arrival in Maputo has left me with lots of time on my hands.
Standard breakfast and Jenny has her eyes glued to the TV for the Australian Open Tennis coverage. I'll find somewhere to hole up and read the Kindle. The scheduled activities are a bit unusual, we should have been in port but spent most of the day catching up so it was more of a sea day. The Internet connection finally showed signs of working but after 10 minutes connected I still couldn't open my Email. Tried again just before lunch and was finally able to post yesterday's blog and image.
Went up to the Horizon Court for lunch and I stayed up on Deck 15 to watch the arrival in the port. It was a long slow approach and we finally tied up at 14:30. This delayed late arrival required additional changes to scheduled tour departures. The tennis final completed Jenny was looking for something to watch and found "A Walk In The Woods" on the TV. An interesting movie that kept us entertained during the afternoon.
At 17:00 our hard-working steward delivered our Passports and we signed his sheet confirming we'd received them. There was also an individual South Africa Arrival Form, nicely pre-printed with our details. There was also a letter detailing the Immigration Inspection schedule. We are required to present ourselves to the officials. Finally there's a note advising us that we are required to vacate the cabin during the arrival of the Pilot by helicopter. Likewise we will need to vacate when the Pilot disembarks when we leave. Looks like an 'interesting' day ahead.
Up to the Horizon Court for dinner and stayed up there to witness the sunset and watched the return of the last of the shore excursions. Went to the Theatre for John Lenahan's "Comedy and Magic" show. Unfortunately we were in the middle of the row and couldn't leave. His jokes were short of pathetic and his tricks were presented in a supposedly comical way. May have been good for a kid's birthday party.
Will try and upload this tonight. My selected shot of today is a sunset, if you have time you can view it by following this link to the image for Today
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony