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. Continue reading
It’s Sunday, with an “Old Firm” match originally scheduled between my beloved Rangers and them from the East side of Glasgow. Unfortunately, the escalating virus has curtailed the entire English and Scottish Leagues, so no football scores to check, nor the opportunity to watch the highlights of another great Rangers victory.
Although the day started as another sea day, we docked in Colombo about 18:00, but only for bunkers and victuals, no shore leave for crew or pax. On the dock were a couple of army types with guns, not so much preventing us from going ashore, but mostly to prevent locals bringing this pesky virus aboard our healthy ship.
The two tours of real interest to us this morning were the Elephant Sanctuary and Tea Plantation. Having already seen elephants in the wild and also a sanctuary in Nairobi, we decided to try the tea plantation. This is a six hour tour that requires a 90 minute drive to/from the plantation, a visit to a tea factory and an opportunity to sample a cup of local tea. Sounds like a perfect day, but how comfortable will the bus ride be, as rumours abound that buses aren’t air conditioned. Doesn’t bother me, but some others are a tad uptight.
Alongside Colombo – 07:00 – 20:00
Our first port outside of Australia and with the number of passengers up in the buffet, I suspect it is eagerly awaited after seven days at sea. This morning we are heading off to a Tea Plantation and will complete a separate post on the tour. The other notable point is our good friend and fellow blogger Dean Lenz is joining the ship today and will be with us until Dubai. Dean works for Princess Corporate Security, travelling around the world conducting port inspections.