21st – 23rd January En route to Namibia

The last three of eight consecutive sea days have been a delight and a good way of immersing ourselves in the Ship and all it has to offer. There have been two more visits to the excellent Cinema. Jasper Jones, an Australian film, with an unconvincing plot, but engagingly set in remote Western Australia in the 60s and the new version of Murder on the Orient Express which was very good.

Sunbathing

Much of our time in the last three days has been spent on deck and it has been amusing to watch the competition for the best spots. We usually sit – or lie – on deck seven, between the Terrace Pool on deck eight and the shallower Minnows Pool on deck six. It’s not particularly popular because one has to climb up or down to reach one of those pools. But we find it provides excellent shelter from the breeze. The deck staff are working from before six putting out beds and ensuring there’s a huge supply of towels. But the beds, immaculately arranged on deck six, next to the Minnows Pool, and at the very rear of the ship are occupied before nine by a group of sunbathing professionals, the identity of whom is revealed by their possession of purpose made and luridly coloured clothes pegs for attaching towels to their beds. They rearrange the carefully spaced beds, shoving many of the others close together so they have the space to rotate the foot of their own beds to meet the direction of the sun as it moves from port to starboard. The competition between them is fun to watch. We’re not sure but we think they there’s a secret handshake involved…

More generally – and up to now – most passengers play by the rules and only reserve beds for very short periods, when, for example, going for a quick lunch or while they take a walk around the promenade deck. There are so many beds, distributed around decks six to thirteen that there’s really little need. And the Grills passengers seem to stick to their modest but private balcony on deck eleven. We have got into the habit of going to breakfast in the formal dining room at eight. At that time we always get a table for two and usually next to one of the windows where – this being on deck two – one is mesmerised by the ocean rushing past in the early morning sunshine. We’re generally on deck by ten and will stay until mid afternoon when I’ll find some shade and do a little bit of work and Jan will often go to the Spa. The shows after dinner are a mixed bag but often worth a try. A half decent conjuror was very popular one evening and there was much enthusiasm for the traditional staff talent show on another. We missed it, non-attendance being one of Jan’s conditions for our marriage continuing into its forty first year. But back in the cabin today I have enjoyed teasing her with some of more excruciating excerpts. Tomorrow: Namibia and my reflections on a subject of constant discussion wherever guests are gathered together: laundry…

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martinandjansjourney

62 year old male on the edge of retirement and giving that a trial with a four month break. Not our first Cruise, but certainly our first and only World Cruise.

3 thoughts on “21st – 23rd January En route to Namibia”

  1. Really enjoying your blog. Thank you for taking the time to write it. I have two friends on the world cruise. If you meet Deon and Helen from California, please tell them Linda said “Hi.”

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  2. Always get the early bed people doing the same thing you describe.
    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary. Keep up the very interesting news. Love to you both.

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