Day 22 Mumbai into the Arabian Sea
Despite the fact that we had to put our clocks back again last night which gave us a longer night, Bill and I slept in this morning till 10.30 a.m. We decided to have a very lazy day. Bill attended his last choir practice today before the big performance tomorrow. I did the washing and the ironing and caught up on the gossip in the laundry. The Canadian captain of our ship, Todd McBain, is a man of few words but when he does speak he shoots from the hip. Today he made the following announcement which was broadcast into all the rooms all over the ship. “From today, we are entering piracy waters. Nato forces are aware of this and we will be keeping them aware of our position every six hours while we are in this area. The day after we leave Dubai, there will be a piracy drill for all on board. Having said this, if I had a choice of dealing with the pirates or the Indian officials I would choose the pirates. The Indian officials go out of their way to get as much out of the ship as possible, e.g. alcohol, cigarettes and mango juice, under the thinly disguised threat of delaying the ship. I have been dealing with them since we left Langkawi. I draw the line at crew abuse and I had my Alberta cowboy boots on ready to kick them off the ship, when they got the message and left of their own accord.” Tonight we had another formal night followed by a concert by the crew. This began by giving the audience balloons which we blew up and tossed around the theatre while waiting for the concert to start. While we played balloons, songs from the 60s and 70s were played. The concert showed that many of the waiters have great voices. One of them is a talented magician.