Blog # 4 February 1, 2016
We are at sea for one more day before reaching the port of Reunion and the next day we will be in Mauritius, both close together in the Indian Ocean. Then, it will be 7 days of sailing before reaching Perth in Australia. Still enjoying good weather each day in the mid-70’s with a 15 mile wind pushing us along. We have received short in duration rain showers for the past few days. But in 30 minutes the sky clears and the sun again shines bright and the temp returns to mid 70’s.
When we have sailing days we have a full day of scheduled interested speakers, at least two of them in the morning and one or two in the afternoon. Today for example we had Professor Gloria Barnett with her second lecture on Marine Animal Behavior with slides or short video’s. Then followed at 11:00am pilot Rick Reynolds of the Concorde and he will be speaking with 8 sessions of the history and the reason the plane no longer is flying. He also has short movie clips. All lectures last 45 minutes. This afternoon we will have classical concert with a pianist & saxophonist at 2 pm. In the evenings we have live music in many areas on the ship. A harpist, and the Tiffany Quartet of strings, 4 different piano players, a 7 member dance orchestra and a 8 members of the ships orchestra’s plus a 4 member Caribbean band. There is live music throughout the ship each and every night.
February 3rd. We arrive at the island of Reunion, a new call for the ship. This is a French speaking Island a very tropical rich island with a population of 845,000 islanders. We sign -up for a 4.5 hour city tour. We depart the pier with a full coach load of guests. At 40 minutes we arrive at the seaside city of Reunion. We visit a city park and the museum at one end of the park. We are then bussed to a large handy craft building with hundreds of the locals offering their handy crafts for sale, the building is so crowded it is hard to find a walk-way from one stall to the next. We then walk on one of the side streets with homes built as they are in France with enclosed rear yards brimming with flowers and vegetable gardens. Most all homes are two stories high. Very narrow sidewalks with all kinds of shops offering all kinds of items for sale on the main floor. We then walked on two streets to our meeting spot for our transport back to the ship. We arrive back at the port gates at 3:30 pm. This evening we are treated to a fantastic illusionist for a full 45 minutes. Shortly afterward we leave the port and head to our next stop of Port Louis, Mauritius, the ship reaches port at 6:30am. We spend all day just staying aboard the ship, we are just too tired to go ashore today. When we leave port after the evening meal on February 4th. We will now be at sea for 7 days until reaching Fremantle the port for Perth, Australia.
I should say at this time the ship has been invaded by the Nora Virus for over 5 days and many passengers are confined to their staterooms for 3 or 4 days. Luckily, none of our group has been effected by this illness as of this time. The ship has set in motion a strict personal hygiene protocol, particularly by hand washing frequently throughout the day and evening. Bottles of the hand sanitizer are located throughout the ship to help stomp out this viral condition.
The evening’s entertainment each and every night has been outstanding & thus far we have had a great variety of entertainers with a good mix of performers. This evening we have a variety program, staring magician Philip Hitchcock and then a great vocalist Jacqui Scott from England’s West End.
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