Alongside in Dubai, for the past few days we had about 85 US passengers and 8 Canadian passengers, happily waiting for approval to disembark and join the Viking charter flight home.
During dinner last evening, we noted buses arriving at the gangway, then the Financial Officer came around to locate all 8 Canadians and invite us to a meeting at Chef’s Table. In attendance was the Captain, GM, Cruise Director, Financial Officer and Customer Service Manager, wow!! that a lot of brass to sit and sip a cocktail. Me thinks changes are coming!!!
Sure enough, us pesky Canadians were the reason for the charter flight delay, as we are not permitted to land in the USA, and even although the plane will overfly Canadian airspace, we can’t land in Canada. Don’t want to speculate as to how governments work, but really!!! Result – our US friends are flying home and we stay aboard our Private Yacht, as the Magical Mystery Cruise to Somewhere continues.
Therefore, at 22:30 last evening, we Canadians formed an honour’s guard, supplementing the crew, applauding and wishing our US friends a safe flight home, as they sadly disembarked the vessel. Lots of hugs and tears were shed, as over the past almost 3 months we have become 1 family.
We sailed from Dubai at 06:15 this morning and are now bound for the Suez Canal and the Meddy. Viking will continue trying to get us home safely, at the earliest opportunity.
On completion of disembarkation last night, we sat in the Living Room for a libation and informal chat with the GM and Cruise Director. We have a meeting at 10:00 tomorrow morning to discuss how the ship will operate. Basically, we are still passengers, but we will have much greater contact with this exceptional crew, and will share the resources and entertainment, which works for us.