Our first full day at sea aboard our private yacht, with crew ratio of 57 crew members for each of the 8 passengers. What a totally unique situation. While Viking may unfortunately be unable to qualify for the longest World Cruise on record, they may qualify for the best passenger/crew ratio.
Temperature: mid 20’s C & mid 70’s F
Wind/Weather: Sunny, with clear skies & light airs
Clox: No change (Z+4)
We are sailing somewhere in the Arabian Sea. I note our speed is not consistent, so if tracking by AIS, unless you have a satellite position feed, the position shown will be inaccurate. Most of the vessel tracking software, when the vessel is out of range of shore stations, extrapolate an Estimated Position (EP) based on probable route and course/speed, at the time the ship lost contact with the shore station.
Clear skies and light winds
A table for 10, is set in Manfredis each evening, for the 8 of us and 2 officers that join us for dinner. This evening we dined with Norbert (GM) and Annika (Financial Officer). Once he heard about the menu options, we also encouraged Beven (C/Director) to join us as well. With Tomahawk Steaks, it didn’t take much convincing.
Each of us selected an appy, and if not wanting steak, one of the other main course options. Three Tomahawks were prepared (2 M/Rare & 1 M/Well), with the meat sliced and served family style. Steaks were seasoned and cooked to perfection. As usual, no room for dessert.
Last evening during dinner, Anna (Executive Housekeeper) delivered our new name badges, which we are welcome to wear, but it is optional. Under the current circumstances, we consider this an excellent gesture, while the officers and crew are maintaining the Viking standard, they are also recognizing that we are in a totally different cruising situation.
Judi and I proudly wear our name tag and as soon as we left the cabin, the cabin stewards in the alleyway noticed them and had to check them out. They were all smiles and thanking us. This has been the normal reaction around this great ship and fabulous crew, as throughout the day, most of the crew we met stopped to chat and checked out our badges. It is incredible how such a small gesture can have such positive results.
Yesterday, with baggo, new cabins, unpacking, etc. none of us made it down to the Atrium, so the Bartender & Waiters were standing around waiting for us to arrive. So, after breakfast this morning, we made a point of heading to the Atrium, for tea and armed with the laptop to work on blog posts.
Due to mandatory crew temperature checks and crew drills, we didn’t have Baggo this morning, but Beven did set up the boards for some training/practice sessions.
After lunch, I spent an hour in the gym on the treadmill, but with the potential of making hard evasive manoeuvres, all pools and hot-tubs are empty until we clear the high risk area.
Returning to the cabin, I spotted a bird flying around the ship while hunting for flying fish.
The above photo turned out better than I could of hoped for, as with the lack of wind, I also got the flying fish’s reflection on the surface.
This one also turned out rather well, also with reflections of both the bird and fish.
It took place a fair distance from the ship, so until I checked the photos, I didn’t know if the bird caught the fish or not.
Enjoy a few other photos of the bird flying around the bow.
Our resident bird expert Robin Petch disembarked in Dubai, but is now following our blog and sent a note confirming the bird is a Masked Booby. Thanks Robin.