The Cruise

World cruise on the Dawn Princess starting in Sydney on May 21, 2010 and sailing west around the world for 104 days.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Dawn Princess World Cruise 2010 - Sunday June 20, 2010

Day 30 In the Red Sea between Egypt and Saudi Arabia
Our TV map of where we are and where we are going is back on, so I feel happy. I like to know where I am in the world. Today we were meant to stop at Safaga and do a tour of The Valley of the Kings, but this did not happen because we were 12 hours behind schedule. Twelve hours behind schedule in a 104 day cruise may not seem very much but ships have to book their time to go through the Suez Canal, and cannot vary this because so many ships have to use this laneway. We spent a good day on board. I did my daily 10 laps of the ship, which is equivalent to a little over 5 km., and this afternoon I had a swim. In between we learnt a new dance, the Merrilyn, and attended a Question and Answer session with our Egyptologist, and Andrew Stuart. Questions ranged from why is the Red Sea so called? (Answer: Because the coral can give it a red appearance, the red sunsets in the summer can give it a red appearance, and there are some red sandstone pyramids that can give it a red appearance. As yet I have not been able to detect any red appearance) and Where did the Egyptians get their gold? (Answer: From Numibia, which today is the area in the south of Egypt and the north of the Sudan). Tonight, we went to a musical showcase by Michael Young. He played the banjo, the mandolin and the ukulele, and was brilliant, just like you, Laura Brennan. You would have loved him. After this show we stopped at music for listening and dancing. Here Bill and I put into practice, some of the dances we have learnt on this trip. Very pleasing! (Barbara) I have found it interesting keeping up with requests from teachers in Australia for resources. I have been updating the Website and doing other business related tasks. It is amazing that all this can be done from a biblical location on the other side of the world – another Red Sea miracle perhaps. There are many other important religious locations nearby. The ship passed Mecca today and is fast approaching Mount Sinai. I have enjoyed facebook chats with Suzie Healy and Steve Healy and hope to try out video chat with Skype soon. (Bill)

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