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.
For the passengers, today started quietly, as the crew conducted their weekly crew emergency drills, but the afternoon and evening were busy with activities, which included the library book inventory, galley tour and red wine tasting.
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.
The latest information we have been provided, is that on departure Suez Canal on April 3rd, we are bound for Lisbon, with an ETA sometime 11th April.
Way too early to know if we will get shore leave and/or flights home.
The Viking Sun inter-departmental baggo challenge is heating up, with many departments squeezing in extra practice sessions. Today was our 2nd match, with the above photo showing Judi during round 1, on the lowest stair.
Today, all 8 of us volunteered to assist Beven and the Cruise Staff completing an inventory of all the books and returning them to the correct locations. Apparently, it normally takes a couple of weeks, as Viking ships have hundreds of library books in multiple locations. It is also on the honour system, so no checking out books on Viking, as you are free to select any book, at any time. Yet again, Viking passengers are treated like adults.
We also entered the Red Sea this morning and cleared the high risk area by early afternoon, so smooth sailing now towards Suez.
Another busy sea day with our team’s first competitive match in the Inter-departmental Baggo challenge. For pre-dinner drinks this evening, we met in the Atrium, enjoying some relaxing music from the classical duo.
We have a busy day today, with the inter-departmental Baggo Championship starting, but fortunately the Vikings (Officers + Pax) have a bye today, as 7 of us are attending a French Cuisine cooking class, with Chef Roberto. In addition, we have optional daily temperature checks, and then this evening, Josh’s inaugural performance with “Rock Through the Ages”. Continue reading
View from our balcony
Our first full day at sea aboard our private yacht, with crew ratio of 57 crew members for each of the 8 passengers. What a totally unique situation. While Viking may unfortunately be unable to qualify for the longest World Cruise on record, they may qualify for the best passenger/crew ratio.