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Mar 3, 2020 - At Sea from Dubai, UAE to Cape Town, South Africa

SEVENTEEN days at sea. No countries will let us dock even though we do NOT have any virus effected folks on board. So we were forced to skip all the stops and excursions we had been planning to do for almost two years and go directly to South Africa, without passing “GO”. What to do? Julieann keeps busy with the various craft “stuff” they do on board, plus her exercise/dance classes. She even attends various language classes. What can I say? She’s getting the most out of the cruise and I enjoy watching her enjoy herself. I would prefer to...

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2020 Travels

Aug 29, 2019 - Cape Town

All day wine-tasting tour in the Winelands of Cape Town - Stellenbosch, Franschhoek & Paarl. All Americans on the tour apart from myself. I judged only 3 of us interested in wine Out for dinner in the evening with a friend from Cape Town and three of his friends

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Aug 18, 2019 - Day 5. Sunday. 18/8/19 Cape Town

Day 5. Cape Town Drove past some beautiful coastal scenery as we headed towards Cape of Good Hope, something that we all remember from school days. Was reminded of Innes National Park in South Australia. Because our guide believes in early starts to beat the crowds, we had the place to ourselves, took some photos, and as we headed out saw queues of buses and cars coming in. Cape Point via the funicular provided amazing scenery minus the fog which was rolling in. We passed a male and female ostrich and a baboon on the side of the road, but I...

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Aug 17, 2019 - Day 4. Saturday. 17/8/19. Cape Town

Day 4. Cape Town We went to the top of Table Mountain by Cablecar which was a bonus for a few reasons - it was closed for maintenance for 6 weeks, due to reopen on 19th August, but the work was completed early and it was up and running on Monday 12th. It was closed yesterday afternoon due to strong winds. We had gale force winds during the night, and we both felt there was no way it would be operating - but about 4am the winds died down and we woke to a beautiful, still day. Yeah! We had an early start to beat the crowds, and just as well...

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Aug 16, 2019 - Day 3 - Friday. 16/8/19. (Johannesburg to) Cape Town

Day 3. Friday 16/8/19. Cape Town After a good nights sleep, I woke at 7.30am to a beautiful sunrise. Ian slept on. Enjoyable breakfast at 9, then back to our room and I did some catch up diary and Ian slept till after 2pm. Had a lazy day.....think age is telling with the jet lag business! We walked through Company’s Gardens opposite our hotel, where we saw squirrels, Government buildings, slave bell and statues of Cecil Rhodes and Jan Smuts. We had a bite to eat and thanks Heather for giving me the thumbs up about Africans and time.....just...

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Aug 10, 2019 - Cape Town

Had a full day in Cape Town and as Table Mountain is closed at present, I booked a full day tour of Cape Point. This included Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak Drive, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, Boulders Beach penguin colony and Kirstenbosch Gardens. Cape Town certainly has a spectacular coastline and it was a perfect winters day

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Aug 9, 2019 - Antananarivo to Cape Town

Had most of the morning free before needing to leave for the airport, so a few of us went on a 1 hour walking tour of the city. Not particularly exciting, but at least I feel that I have seen some of the capital. Then a flight to Cape Town via Johannesburg, arriving late evening

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Apr 3, 2019 - Never ending days at Sea!!!

There does not appear to be much change in what is happening- nothing very much !! The engine is still being tested and a change in the itinerary has been promised but no details yet! The troops are becoming restless! We saw a number of other ships yesterday, all of them travelling at twice the speed that we are doing. I also saw a number of dolphins during the day. We have been doing a lot of reading as well as joining in a number of different games - rummycub, o hell, etc.

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Mar 31, 2019 - At Sea- at slow speed

We are still at Sea (I've lost count of how many days!) and steaming slowly at 10 knots on only one engine. It's becoming somewhat boring and I'm pleased I have been able to grab a good book. I have spent a fair amount of time just looking out to sea hoping to sea something of interest. A couple of days ago I espied a turtle swimming alongside the boat - 450 miles from shore and 5000 metres deep! The only other action has been quite a few flying fish! Yesterday we had a 'crossing the equator ' initiation ceremony and last night we had...

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Mar 28, 2019 - Greek party at sea!

Our Greek captain hosted a Greek party at lunch time with BBQ'd chicken and lamb, various salads and much wine and ouzo. There was also continuous Greek music accompanied by much dancing. Our captain led proceedings by doing a solo dance! Later we were faced with an approaching storm!

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Mar 27, 2019 - Luanda

We're still at Luanda in the drawn out process of refuelling. Yesterday we did a bus tour of the highlights of Luands and I have to say it didn't figure very high on my 'special sights' list. However Wendy enjoyed it - I think she is keener on history than I am. Luanda has a population of six million and seventy percent of those are under 24. Half the population is below the poverty line and Luanda is the most expensive city in the world. There was a lot of rubbish lying around the city and most of the buildings were in a state of...

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Mar 25, 2019 - Another day at sea

We met the captain yesterday for the first time and he spoke about what action we must take in the event of a pirate attack. I don't think there's much chance of that but I guess he has to cover all contingencies. The meals have been good and the wine flows generously. I went searching for bird life this morning but there was no sign- something to do with the currents I believe. The last few nights we've been sharing the dinner table with a Methodist minister from UK - he has also been taking the church services on board the ship. We have...

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