Day 72 – 16th March 2020, Dep Colombo

Sunrise in Colombo

We spent the night alongside the passenger terminal in Colombo, taking bunkers and loading stores. At 06:00, when we were due to sail we still had a bunker barge/waste oil barge alongside, so departure was delayed until 09:00.

Photo above is sunrise, from the balcony, with the sun just peeking above the city and cargo sheds.

Temperature: 29C/84F

Wind/Weather: Partly clouds, light winds

Sunrise/Sunset: 06:18/18:23

Clox: No change Z+5.5


On clearing Colombo, we set course to clear the southern tip of India, then continued into the Indian Ocean to sail a reasonable distance off-shore. Until we clear the high-risk area, I will not be providing the usual details on courses, speeds or distances travelled.


Partly cloudy


Today’s special meals:

  • Aquavit Bar (07:00 to 10:00) – Waffle Bar
  • World Cafe (12:00 to 14:00) – Burgers & lobster
  • World Cafe (18:00 to 20:30) – Filipino Night
Filippino bight entrance to World Cafe 2

World Cafe Entrance

Filippino bight entrance to World Cafe

Crew dressed in traditional costumes

Filippino night welcoming committee

Welcoming Committee

Filippino Night dancing with poles

Traditional dance


Today’s schedule includes:

  • 08:00 Ladies Pamper Party – sign up for the party hosted by the spa in a couple of days
  • 09:30 Film – Bewitched by a Dolphin (1986), an amazing film presented by onboard whale & dolphin expert Robin Petch
  • 10:00 Baggo
  • 11:00 Lecture – One Crescent, Two Crosses and Three Empires. Presented by Col Coutts-Britton
  • 12:00 Daily Trivia
  • 13:30 Film – Journey in Music by National Symphony Orchestra
  • 15:00 Lecture – Photography, using your iPhone, presented by a fellow pax
  • 16:00 Dancing – line dancing with Bethan
  • 17:15 Trivia Extra – Multimedia Edition
  • 21:15 Guest Entertainer – Trumpeter & Vocalist Chuck Curry
World Trade Centre of Fort District

View from our balcony when alongside Colombo

We spent the night alongside Colombo taking bunkers and stores. but no shore leave was granted to pax or crew. The planned departure time was 06:00, but at that time, we still had a bunker barge alongside.

Grand Oriental Hotel & Fort District

Colombo World Trade Centre & Grand Oriental Hotel

Shortly after 09:00 the lines were let go and we departed for Muscat, on this amazing Magical Mystery Cruise to Somewhere.

Judi on balcony departing Colombo

Judi on the balcony departing Colombo

Colombo breakwaters and pilot boat

Departing Colombo

Departing Colombo

Departing Colombo

I watched Robin’s excellent film between L/A and Sydney, so started the day with the Colonel’s lecture.

Roman rmpire lecture

Colonel Coutts-Britton

This was a rather interesting lecture starting with the formation and then splitting of the Roman Empire, then the dissolution of the West portion and changes to the East portion.

Roman empire lecture outline

Lecture outline

Trivia today was extremely challenging, with us scoring a measly 6/15, but the winners only had 8, so not too bad.

Approaching sunset from balcony

Approaching sunset from the balcony

Before dinner this evening, we enjoyed the sunset from the balcony.


Just after finishing dinner, I spotted a light coming down the side of the ship. Looking outside, OMG!! the horizon was awash with small fish boats (squid).

Passing through fishing fleet at nightLooking aft passing through fishing fleet

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