Day 34 Port Said to Crete
Today, we sailed through the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean, and passed Crete late this afternoon. After the intense heat of the Middle East, today, at 36 degrees Celsius seemed almost cold. The warm, balmy night breezes have now been replaced by a brisk cool wind. We have had a change of schedule because there is a planned strike in Athens on Tuesday, 29th June, the day we were meant to arrive in Athens, so we are now heading for Athens and will spend tomorrow in Greece. Our revised schedule is as follows.
Friday, June 25 Athens
Saturday, June 26 Kusadasi
Sunday, June 27 Istanbul
Monday, June 28 Anzac Cove
Tuesday, June 29 Santorini.
There is an enormous amount of extra work for the staff involved with shore excursions, as all the times and dates for the excursions for these ports have to be changed. We had a lazy day at sea today after the hectic day in Cairo with its oppressive heat. I attended a lecture on Turkey by a new young Turkish lecturer who was quite nervous and raced through her talk at a rate of knots. Talking of speed our ship seems to be fixed and is now doing 19 knots and not making the clanging, creaking sounds it was making in the past. However, our captain, in his rare information bouts with the passengers, is most conservative and isn’t saying that the ship is completely repaired, but seems to be suggesting that we wait and see. One passenger told me that one rumour that was doing the rounds of the ship was that we
had turned around and were heading for Sydney. We had a formal night tonight and a third lobster meal – very tasty. After dinner, we were entertained by Claire Gobin, who is an English violinist. She is extremely talented and used her violin to play not only classical music such as Clare De Lune, but also a Beatles medley and some Hungarian dances. (Barbara)