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Oceans and Seas » Indian » Red Sea April 10th 2014

Geo: 29.9768, 32.5327 Temperature: 21C 70F Distance travelled: 3356 nautical miles Aqaba was our last visit to Asia Minor otherwise known as the Middle East. We now head for the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal. This is the long leg home. Although we still have a few more stops before we disembark, the talk now turns to what next….?? We have made the acquaintance of 3 Australian families. As they are so far from home, Aussies tend to make the most of their travels to other parts of the world. Alyson is travelling with her mum, Joanna. They will disembark in Napoli where they will travel by train to Rome and stay for 2 nights before flying on to Paris for another 2 nights before taking another flight to Venice to pick up the MSC Armonia ... read more
Welcome to Egypt - Suez-Port Said!!
The Suez port pilot boat
Roisin with Alison sharing a joke (about me?)

Oceans and Seas » Indian » Red Sea April 8th 2014

Temp: 77F 25C Distance travelled: 2063 nautical miles Now we have 4 days cruising up the Red Sea. This will give me the chance to explain a little about life on board. What do we get up to for 4 days without setting foot on land? This is not the longest stint at sea we have experienced but up until now it has certainly been the hottest! Having left Salalah behind us, the ship headed back out in to the Gulf of Aden. The next leg of our odyssey will take us up the length of the Red Sea turn right up the Gulf of Aqaba to arrive in the city of the same name; the only port in the Kingdom of Jordan, some 1,937 nautical miles ahead of us. The Red Sea is so named ... read more
Roisin about to swirl an olive!!!
Roisin and the 'fishing' game
Italian night in the estaurant

Oceans and Seas » Indian » Red Sea July 2nd 2012

I must have been a nomad in one of my past lives. Over the last five years, I have moved locations and countries more than other people change socks, and I rarely grow tired of it. It’s like in the film ‘Chocolat’, when Juliette Binoche breaks up her tents every time the winds start blowing again. After a few months in one place, I become restless – and every time I get excited about what needs to be done. I love to dispose of things, plan seemingly impossible trips through the world’s oceans and terrains, and overcome the hurdles that stand in the way of me and the road. I even love all the confusion and uncertainty that come with cargo ship travel. It all invigorates me. This time, as we were getting ready to leave ... read more
Food art by ship steward Anthony
Our vessel
Beautiful ocean sunset

Oceans and Seas » Indian » Red Sea October 23rd 2011

This is our 4th day at sea. Rather than give a day-by-day account of our activity, which would be rather repetitive (i.e. got up, had breakfast, laid out in the sun for a bit, came indoors, had some dinner etc… I'm sure you get the picture), I will just outline some of the highlights and observations of 'goings on' whilst we head ever closer to our next stop - Salalah in Oman. Whilst walking on the promenade deck 6, past our muster station, Roisin exclaimed: ‘Where's our lifeboat?' Sure enough every muster station had a double-hulled lifeboat with twin prop that hold a capacity of 109 persons. As our muster station was at the end of the deck, all we had were a few inflatables. (25-person max). If in the unfortunate event that we'll need to ... read more
Chris with bearded pirate
Der Marco at the Neptune party
King Neptune. Must be an imposter

Oceans and Seas » Indian » Red Sea April 14th 2011

Romantica, April 14 - 2011 Dear Friends, On board of the Costa Romantica the cruisedirector, Francesco Raccomandato, and chief Gianfranco Arrabito and his super annimation team are creating party time every night and day. It's great and the motivation of everybody of the entertainment team is super!!!!! More to come on ou Costa Sailorsblog. Be happy and smile everyday. From the Red Sea with love Jacqueline and Adriaan aka Monkey and Bear ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian » Red Sea April 13th 2009

Suez The canal - from the Red sea to the Mediteranian. This was a fascinating journey - A convoy of big ships sailing up this narrow strip of water at a very slow speed. It took us all day to go from one ocean to another. The banks were so different, The port side was full of towns villages and green vegetation, the starboard side was stark desert, as far as the eye could see. All over the left bank were military posts, and floating barges ready to float and create pontoon bridges. Tanks and other heavy and light cannon were dotted all the way up the canal. On the right bank there were lookout posts with soldiers that looked as if they were out in the desert for to long on their own. Some of ... read more
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Oceans and Seas » Indian » Red Sea October 26th 2007

Friday the 26th October and Saturday 27th October were spent exiting the Red Sea through the Strait of Bab al Mandeb into the Gulf of Aden and cruising with Yemen on our left and Djibouti and Somalia to our right. We cruised past the island of Socotra (Yemen) and into the Arabian Sea (which is part of the larger Indian Ocean). The days were spent on deck and D attended lectures, while M went to craft and art classes. We spent the rest of our time at sea reading and eating ... and eating some more!... read more

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