Today we received information that changed Mystery Cruise to Somewhere, to the Mystery Cruise to Gibraltar. Yes!, we now have an end in sight, so read on to find out when and how we are all getting home.
In addition to receiving flight instructions, we participated in a thank-you message to the Hagen Family from the Officers & Crew, and participated in a Viking Crew Induction Course, we even received a certificate upon completion.
We maintained WNW’ly courses to a position North of Tunisia, when we altered to generally W’ly courses, at a speed of 10 kts.
Fine and clear, light to moderate N’ly winds
This evening we enjoyed dinner with a couple of young ladies from the back of the Purser’s Office. They work on arranging ship’s clearance procedures, ensuring all Visas and Passports are correct, for the local authorities to inspect. Since we are landing in Gibraltar, this was very timely, as I provided my UK passport, as I will disembark as a UK Citizen.
Today’s activities included:
- 08:00 Spa opens
- 09:00 Temperature check
- 09:30 Baggo – Galley Giants v’s Beverage Bulldogs
- 10:00 Lectures – recorded lectures in Cinema 1
- 10:00 Ted Talks – on Ted-Ed Lessons in Cinema 2
- 10:30 Baggo – Restaurant Raptors v’s Replacement Dingos
- 12:00 Meeting – Honorary Crew meeting with Norbert (GM) & Beven (C/Dir)
- 13:00 Crew & Honorary Crew thank you message to Hagen Family
- 14:00 Afternoon Melodies – Classical Duo
- 14:00 Brainstorming – Honorary crew brainstorming for video message
- 14:00 Atrium Coffee Club
- 15:00 Afternoon Melodies – Pianist Andras
- 17:00 Honorary Crew Induction Course
- 17:45 Evening Serenades – Classical Duo
- 18:00 Insanity Workout
- 22:00 Music at Pool Deck with DJ Zharko
After breakfast & temperature checks we headed to the Atrium, watching some rather competitive Baggo matches and working on our blog. We were also requested to attend a meeting with Norbert & Beven, at Noon – some important news is coming.
Standings after 5 matches:
Team Played Points Percentage
The Vikings 5 8 121.69%
Restaurant Raptors 5 8 117.90%
Housekeeping Hurricanes 5 8 106.22%
Engineering Eels 5 6 117.11%
Beverage Bulldogs 5 4 94.14%
Galley Giants 5 4 91.75%
Replacement Dingos 5 2 95.08%
Explorer Extremes 5 0 67.96%
With only 2 matches remaining, our game tomorrow is against Engineering, so a victory tomorrow guarantees The Vikings a top 4 finish and entry into the Semi-Finals.
At Noon, the 8 of us met with Norbert (GM) and Beven (C/Dir) for an important announcement. The Captain is still in quarantine, so was unable to join us. Norbert advised he had 2 good news items and 1 sad item of news:
- We are going home (good news)
- We have confirmed flights and will be escorted by the Cruise Consultant, with Viking staff available at airports, hotels, etc (good news)
- We depart in Gibraltar, on April 10th (sad news)
In Gibraltar, all 8 of us will depart the vessel by tender, accompanied by Charaine (Cruise Consultant). We have business flights with British Airways, departing Gibraltar shortly after 17:00, arriving London about 19:00. We will be met by Viking ground staff, who have arranged a bus to the Novotel T1-3 Hotel on Bath Road. Although the hotel is closed, Viking have arranged for Government approval, so we each have a room.
Saturday 11th April the others fly to Toronto, while Judi and I fly to Vancouver.
Crew Thank You Message
As a private company, the Viking management are taking excellent care of their crew, so the crew wanted to record a “Thank You” message to the Hagen Family. As Honorary Crew, we were invited to join them up on the pool deck.
Chairs were provided for the 8 of us out front, with a member of each crew nationality standing behind us. All other crew were at the other side of the pool. Beven made the introduction, then passed the microphone to each crew member to say “Thank You” in their native language, then everyone shouted, “We are Vikings for Life”
Very moving experience that re-inforces the message that Viking crews feel part of the family.
As Honorary Crew, the HR Manager asked if we would be interested in attending one of the crew welcome courses, which he presents. All crew members must attend, every time they join, or re-join a ship. This teaches the values and standards expected of crew members. They call it the “STAR” Program.
We also discussed the HR Manager’s role on board and other training and personal development courses they offer.
After dinner, we again sat out on the balcony enjoying the Moon, stars, shore lights and passing ships.