Yesterday we received the shock news that we are going home, so the cruise is starting to wind down, Other than a very competitive Baggo match against Engineering, today was a rather quiet and relaxing day. Quite a contrast to tomorrow, which will be busy.
Note: above photo is one I found on the laptop when flying home yesterday that I hadn’t posted. It is from Dubai, so some participates had already left the ship in Dubai. This was after the Officers v’s pax match, which the pax won by almost 100 points.
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 have completed all the behind the scene ship tours, but still have the HR Crew Induction Training to attend, so we scheduled that for tomorrow afternoon. Since we were provided “Honorary Crew” badges, the H/R Manager offered to host a quick crew induction session for us.
Today we resume the Baggo challenge, after a 2-day sabbatical, read on to find out the result. Hint – it was really close < 100 points.
Well the Magical Mystery Tour to Somewhere is quickly coming to an end, as we will disembark in Gibraltar on April 10th, flying up to London, for an overnight stay. We then fly home to Vancouver April 11th, at which time we will start our 14 day quarantine.
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.😊
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.
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.
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.
Since 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.
Approaching Suez Canal
Shortly after 04:00 we heard the anchor being weighed, so our Suez Canal transit will be in daylight.
05:15 Entering Suez Canal
I will post more photos of the canal over next couple of days. It is currently 07:30 and we are entering Great Bitter Lake.