About oriana77

We are retired and enjoy travelling and seeing the world. On the highways and byways of North America you'll find us in a Ford F350 towing our very comfortable Redwood 5th wheel, which we share with our 2 dogs and cat. In addition we love to cruise and make extensive use of our Worldmark Timeshare.

Day 92 – 5th April 2020, At Sea

Bird following flying fish and missed

As we slowly steam through the rather windy and choppy Mediterranean Sea, we enjoyed another quiet and relaxing sea day aboard the magnificent Viking Sun. This was our 2nd day in a row without a scheduled Baggo match, so I can only hope our longer layoff doesn’t negatively affect our team’s performance tomorrow.

Regular readers are aware we have enjoyed numerous behind the scenes tours, so today we completed the last two areas, with a double header. Read on to see where we visited today. Hint, these days you normally don’t see them while at sea.

The ship also started a new initiative today, with the crew working 1 day on followed by a day off, for recreation, training, personal development, etc. Therefore, with only about 50% of the crew working each day, our crew/passenger ration has dropped to a still very impressive 28.65 crew to each passenger.😊

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Day 91 – 4th April 2020, At Sea

Owner - boardroom

The Magical Mystery Cruise to Somewhere is now in the Meddy, bound for Lisbon and then Portsmouth, UK. Should be in Lisbon on April 11th and then Portsmouth on April 15th. While nothing is confirmed, and won’t be for many days, we hope to disembark with many of the crew and fly home from London Heathrow.

Today we had no ship’s tour planned, so a fortuitous meeting and chat with the Doctor in the Atrium, scored us a tour of the Medical Centre. During the book inventory, we also scored a tour of the Owner’s Suite and it’s huge.

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Day 90 – 3rd April 2020, Suez

32 New Canal just entered

A rather early start to the day, as we awoke at 04:00 to the clanking of the anchor, as the chain was brought in by the capstans. Suites are nice, but this is one another drawback. I knew nothing much happened for almost an hour, so I got up about 05:00, heading out to the balcony to watch the canal transit. The balcony is definitely a plus for the suites, as we have a great view ahead and down the Port side.

In addition to the Canal transit, we also had a big Baggo match against the Restaurant, Cooking Class and a special dinner this evening.

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Day 90 – 3rd April 2020, Suez Canal Transit

42 New Canal convoy astern

I have been through the Panama Canal over a couple dozen times and am still impressed, as it is an engineering wonder, but today was my very first daylight transit of The Suez Canal, or “Ditch through the Desert”.

When it opened in 1869, the canal was 200 to 300 ft wide at the surface, but only 72 ft wide at the bottom, with a depth of 26 ft. Over the years, the canal has been widened and dredged deeper on multiple occasions, with the last project being completed in 2015.

Enjoy the photographs of our transit from South to North.

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Day 89 – 2nd April 2020, At Sea

 

Vegetable storageSince we had a day off from Baggo, it was a quiet morning, but the afternoon and evening were busy. Rather than have officers join us for dinner tonight, we started a new initiative of inviting crew members to join us for dinner, recognising the great service we have received.

This evening, Judi and I dined with our cabin stewards, who were both very comfortable with the experience and enjoyed their meal.

At 16:00, today’s ship tour included the I-95 and storerooms. More photos under activities.

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Day 87 – 31st March 2020, At Sea

Manny with Josh and Tobias 3

Today, we had a relaxing morning and afternoon, as The Vikings had no scheduled Baggo match, but we did squeeze in a Laundry Tour at 11:30. However, we had a busy evening, with white wine tasting immediately followed by Manny’s 2nd show.

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