Day 93. At Sea. 88, sunny, seas 3-5'
Today is our first of 4 Sea days (unless world events cause us to have an itinerary change!)
We are in our "normal" at Sea routine
Day 94. At Sea. 90, sunny, seas 6'.
We passed into the Red Sea, through the narrow entrance from the Gulf of Oman at 9:00am, 4 hours ahead of schedule. Guess there is no reason to be lingering in this area! We could see land on both sides; Africa on the left and the Arabian Peninsula on the right. After breakfast, D and BS walked a mile before the morning lectures. The first was very interesting and full of too much information to digest on "The Dead Sea Scrolls". The second lecture was on Petra, the UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the modern 7 Wonders of the World. We will be visiting Petra in three days, so we are eager to absorb as much information on the site as possible
Day 95. 88. Sunny, seas 6'.
Exciting news of the day is that two cargo ships about 6 miles behind us got boarded by pirates yesterday, but the crew was successfully able to lock themselves up until help arrived, so the pirates couldn't really do anything. So, when a small fast boat approached us this morning, the few passengers that saw it coming were a bit concerned. But, no worries- the boat came up along side so we could unload our arms and ammunition! Go figure - boats around us get boarded; we disarm
Day 96. At Sea. 80 (noticeably cooler), partly cloudy, seas 5'.
We had breakfast on CR, D&BS walked a mile, then on to two morning lectures. The first was by the archeologist, on Jerusalem in the time of Christ. In addition to being an archeologist, she is quite the Biblical scholar. The next lecture was on Bonaparte's exploits. No Jamie game today, as he is conducting rehearsals for the guest talent show tonight. We lingered over a Chili cook off lunch, then some of us made it to ( and snoozed during) the third lecture on the geology of the Red Sea. We went to a cocktail show "Guest Talent Show", which was a hoot! Our friend Cathy was a star. We took martinis to Earnhardts and had appetizers and sandwiches there, happy for a night off from makeup and "elegant casual", sitting in our sweats having an evening of "inelegant and very casual". Just a few notes: Egypt has declared a State of Emergency, and Israel has closed their border with Israel. So...we are docking in Jordan tomorrow and hopefully will know a bit more about what we can and cannot do, and what Regent wants and does not want to do within those parameters soon.
4 Days at Sea
Sunday, April 09, 2017
Aqaba, Aqaba Governorate, Jordan