Today is the end of Segment # 2, which was scheduled as Sydney to Hong Kong, but now ends in Bali. With the end of one segment, starts another, which is now the Magical Mystery Cruise to Somewhere.
You may ask, “Where is Somewhere” and the answer is any port that is on our route and will accept us. We are also rather special, with only 361 passengers remaining on our private yacht, being tended to by a full compliment of 464 highly attendant crew members.
Yesterday we spent the day at anchor, while Viking negotiated with the local authorities to get us ashore for our tours, and flights for those departing the ship. We all had our temperatures taken again last evening, but didn’t hear the results, before heading to bed.
On waking this morning, the question on everyone’s mind was, “Are we going ashore today or not???” Read on for a busy start to the day and our activities.
Last evening the ship was notified the Indonesian Government required another temperature check of all passengers and crew, prior to the ship receiving clearance to dock alongside.
This was completed about 08:30 and the ship received a clean bill of health from the Indonesian Govt. However, the local Mayor is over-ruling the Federal Government and is blocking the ship from docking and letting passengers ashore.
At present, they are negotiating to at least let us dock to load the 6 containers of stores, currently sitting on the dock. As time progresses, the chances of us getting ashore in Java is slowly ebbing away.
Life continues aboard this amazing ship, regardless of the political wrangling.