The Cruise

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

Friday, June 18, 2010

Dawn Princess World Cruise 2010 - Thursday June 17, 2010

Day 27 Into the Gulf of Aden
In the early hours of this morning, there was a grinding, clanging sound and the ship stopped for three hours. All day today we have limped slowly off the Yemen coast as far as the entrance to the Gulf of Aden with only one of the two engines working. I just hope the pirates can read the English signs around the ship informing them to keep away. Evidently, we are 10 hours behind schedule now and there seems to be some possibility that we will have to give The Valley of the Kings a miss and sail directly to Port Said where the ship can be serviced. Despite this, life goes on as usual with exercise, eating and entertainment. We went to a lecture on ancient Egypt this morning, followed by one on Africa and how it was partitioned. We went to a wonderful production by the Dawn Princess singers and dancers called Fiesta Latina where they sang and danced to Latin American music. I don’t know how the dancers coped as the ship was going up and down with the giant waves. I seemed to spend the day lurching on unsteady legs as I moved from one part of the ship to the other. Tonight, we listened to a classical recital by the Ukrainian string Quartet, then we watched Alice in Wonderland on the top deck. We went to the Pizza restaurant with the people who were on our table for the first part of the cruise and Valerie and Tom. (Barbara) When something happens on a ship, everyone has a theory and theories become facts as they pass from one person to another. In our present situation, amateur engineers tell us what is wrong with the ship. No information has been provided by the officers or cruise director so we are really all in the dark. (Bill)

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