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Cruise Day Twenty Three - Maputo, Mozambique

Sunday, 31 January 2016

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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

Posted by greynomadm 11:39 Archived in Mozambique Comments (1)

Cruise Day Twenty Two - 16th Day @ Sea

Saturday, 30 January 2016

A stiff breeze and storm clouds with occasional lightning on the horizon made for an interesting start to the day. The sunrise was interesting rather than spectacular and changed as clouds scudded across the sky. In addition to the wind gusts the ship was rolling and pitching creating a difficult platform from which to take the shots.

A standard breakfast which has settled to a bowl with prunes, fresh fruit salad and plain yogurt. A banana and some papaya or other fruit. Glass of orange juice and a fried egg on toast with grilled tomato and some sausage. There are three or four flavours of sausage being rotated daily, this mornings was a spiced pork sausage - very tasty.

After breakfast, attended the Destination Lecture providing an overview of Cape Town and various tourist's options. Stayed in the Theatre for Lyn's talk on Australian poetry and rhymed verse. During her talk there was an urgent message from the bridge. The Captain explained that despite running the ship at over 20 knots the effect of an adverse current has us arriving in Maputo at least five hours late, 13:00 in stead of 08:00. With the day half gone, it being a Sunday and the expense of the Visas and shuttle services we've decided to cancel. We will need to remain aboard for the day, something we rarely do.

A bowl of soup and a toasted croissant from the International Café for lunch. Jenny's hooked on the tennis lady's final on TV so I'll go to see the movie without her. Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert starred in "It Happened One Night", a romantic comedy with a hint of slapstick and many unlikely events.

Dinner tonight was excellent with both of us leaving completely empty plates. Jenny is off to claim some seats for this evening's show while I hold back to try and capture a sunset. The ship has become quite lively with gale force winds and a rising sea.

Tonight's show featured Paul Baker an amazing West End performer who provided a solid hour of incredible songs from many famous stage shows. The clocks go back another hour tonight as we bump our way towards Maputo. With no specific image to show today, I've created a simple collage of the sunrise,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

Posted by greynomadm 00:20 Archived in Mozambique Comments (0)

Cruise Day Twenty One - 15th Day @ Sea

Friday, 29 January 2016

Overcast sky, occasional showers and some ship movement created a daunting prospect for walking on Deck 14. Decided to get my exercise walking back and forth in the long corridors of Decks 10 and 11. Managed to achieve over 5,000 steps on the FitBit before joining Jenny for breakfast in the Horizon Court.

Flopped onto the bed to take advantage of the gently rocking ship, woke up almost three hours later !!

Managed to turn up for Lyn Furry's talk on all things nautical from sea shanties, familiar expressions and the meaning and derivation of words and phrases. The sailing history has left a rich legacy in the English language.

Simple lunch from the International Café on Deck 5, readily accessible and limited portion size. I've notice that my belt has shrunk a bit, I'm not admitting the alternative reason. 8-)

Went to the Theatre to watch the Movie of the Day. They've dipped deep into the past and dragged out "On the Waterfront" starring Marlon Brando and Karl Malden released in 1954. Despite the black and white film and some of the over-dramatic music it was worth watching even though the plot and conclusion was almost transparent from the start.

Dinner in the dining room was good and without the usual sense of urgency, tonight's show is not on until 20:00. We went to the Vista Lounge on Deck 7 Aft to watch Mickey Finn. This was the same act we'd decided to skip last night. The 'crowd' in the Lounge was sparse and even tolerant Jenny didn't last past 15 minutes into the show. I followed her out some 5 minutes later.

The clocks go back another hour tonight. The end of a rather uneventful day.

The day has been devoid of photographic opportunities and I've resorted to a collage of the shopping area on Deck 6, 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

Posted by greynomadm 09:08 Archived in Mozambique Comments (0)

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