Day 69 – 13th March 2020, Cruising the Indian Ocean

Viking Sun Flag State Ensign

Oh No!!! it’s Friday the 13th, and with some of our recent experiences these past few days, can we expect any new changes. Since we are maintaining a positive attitude aboard this magnificent Viking Ocean ship, the question is, what challenges could possibly come our way today, rather than what could possibly go wrong?

Today we departed the Southern Hemisphere, crossing the Equator at 12:23, as we returned to the Northern Hemisphere.

Temperature: 29C/84F

Wind/Weather: Partly cloudy with moderate winds

Sunrise/Sunset: 05:55/06:14

Clox: Back 1 hr (Z+6)


Having cleared the Indonesian Islands to the North, we maintained NW’ly courses across the Indian Ocean towards Colombo. Since departure Bali, we have steamed 1,585 miles, at an average speed of 17.4 kts. At Noon, we have 833 miles to Colombo, where our ETA is 16:45 at the pilots on 15th March.


With partly cloudy skies, we had an OK sunrise this morning, but with a head winds, it was a fresh breeze over the deck. By Noon, the skies had cleared and winds eased to N’ly at 8 to 10 kts. However, we still had the persistent swell of 4 to 6′, so the gentle rocking and rolling continues.


Today’s special meals are:

  • Aquavit Bar (07:00 to 10:00) – Organic Muesli Bar
  • Aquavit Terrace (11:00 to 14:00) – Tropical BBQ
  • World Cafe (12:00 to 14:00 ) – Lunch BBQ
  • Aquavit Terrace (18:00 to 20:30) – Crab coconut curry

The galley has really excelled today, with 4 special meals.


Today, I had a quiet day, having an upset stomach from all the recent curries, spicy Indonesian food, etc. Sadly, this is another downside of aging, as the cast-iron stomach of my youth has slowly eroded. So, I spent most of the day relaxing in the cabin, getting caught up with photos and blog posts.

Here is a list of things I missed today:

  • 10:00 – Ultra competitive pax & officers daily baggo
  • 10:00 – Viking cooking school
  • 10:00 – Cooking demonstration in Star Theatre
  • 10:00 to Noon – wildlife watch with Robin Petch
  • 11:15 – Lecture, French Indo-China War
  • 12:15 – Daily trivia
  • 13:30 – Crossing the Line (Equator) Ceremony
  • 16:00 – Lecture, Marine Conservation, Why does it matter and what can we do
  • 21:15 – Guest Entertainer, Mark O’Toole sings Frank Sinatra

To read about the Crossing the Line Ceremony – click here

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