But the really great day was May 6, our 33rd anniversary. Our friends onboard sent a beautiful flower arrangement.We had a chilled bottle of champagne which Sergio and Reuben had given us before they left the ship in Barcelona, so we chilled that and then shared it with Jack, David and Diane in the Wilson's stateroom where they have a balcony.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Cruising In the Red Sea
5/8/12 Hello Blog Readers from the Red Sea. Today we are docked in Safaga, Egypt which is our last port of call before 6 straight sea days and the end of our cruise May 15 in Dubai. It will be about 91 degrees here today, and we are staying on the ship. The main reason to be here is so cruisers can elect to take a shore excursion to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, which is 137 miles inland from here. In 2006, Elaine and I took a 5 or 6 day Nile cruise, which stopped at all the appropriate places to see antiquities such as these, so we don't feel the need to go back today. Safaga is also a place renown for good scuba diving in the Red Sea. In 2006 we stayed in Hurgada, 33 miles up the coast from here, and did a snorkeling trip in the Red Sea, which helped us realize that there is very good snorkeling and diving here. Previously we had snorkeled in Dahab, over on the Sinai peninsula, and that was a great place too. While we were docked here, a big ferry pulled in during the evening and there was total chaos while all the baggage and cargo was unloaded and piled all over the dock area. Then they entertained us by loading up hand carts REALLY high and one guy pushed them to the waiting vehicles. Here is a picture of part of it: