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Sailing the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea
Today is Tuesday the 19th of March; it is 7 in the morning.
Our current position is 12.27.04 degrees North, 043.46.32 Degrees East. We are steaming at 21.2 knots preparing to enter the southern entrance to the Red Sea. During most of yesterday and last night we sailed the Gulf of Aden across the Horn of Africa through the worst of what has been in recent years, piracy waters. ...
For the second morning in a row, I was awoken by the intercom aboard Voyager of the Seas when the captain came on the PA at 11:05 a.m. to advise the security vessel would be approaching the ship in 15 minutes. Within a minute or two, Atlanta Craig phoned to see if I wanted to go outside and watch the arrival. Absolutely, I responded, and hopped out of bed to throw on some clothes and grab my binoculars.
We are at 17º48.37' N, 40º06.45’ E west of Abha, Saudi Arabia. Craig ...
... gives you a 5.00 coupon in your book. Not a bad price for a haircut on the ship and they do a wonderful job.
"The Junior Cruiser said to the Senior Cruiser did you put Salt & Pepper on your hair today?"
"The Senior Cruiser said to the Junior Cruiser today, with all the appointments schedules we have on ship you are the best assistant ever at keeping me organized!"
... it. Tonight he will host a stargazing event on the top deck, and this is something we are looking forward to.
We`re still going to the gym twice a day in attempts to burn off more calories. It seems pointless sometimes that we eat so well and at any time of the day or night, and then sprint (??) along to the gym to do our thing. But, we`re enjoying it. What we`re doing more of is walking up and down stairs instead of using lifts. We`re on the tenth ...
... away from a cluster of other small craft a couple of miles or so off, one can speculate about their reasons for being here this afternoon. We are about 10 miles from land, it is Sunday, so a quick trip to look at the shipping may have been their innocuous reason, but it is quite a coincidence.
As I sit at my computer writing this blog I can see a naval warship to starboard escorting a convoy of much slower ships through this dangerous area. By ...