Friday, April 17, 2009, Cruising Day 33

It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.  Ursula K. Le Guin

We’re now 1/2 way through our journey and it’s been truly magnificent and mind opening. reading about places is nothing like visiting them in person. We have a whole new appreciation for the countries and people living here. We could learn a lot from them about life.

We’re having a real easy day today in preparation for a very busy couple of days coming up.  Over 1000 people will disembark the ship tomorrow in Hong Kong, however everyone must take a body temperature test before being allowed to get off – we have our test between 2-4pm this afternoon.

The Captain’s Log on the TV keeps saying that the sea state is smooth with ripples but the 6 foot swells seems to indicate otherwise. Late in the evening we went for our usual walk around Deck 3 (4 laps = 1.1 mile) and couldn’t stop looking over the starboard side at the huge amounts of spray as the ship ploughs through. Thankfully our cabin is in the middle of the ship (along the length) otherwise it might be a sleepless night.

49e89fba_57f7_0Don’t forget, you can track our progress using SailWx.

Also about 200 miles south of Hong Kong we saw several extremely large bright lights. As far as we know there are no islands out here so not sure what those were.

 IMGP5517 Tonight we also said good bye to our favourite Dining Steward. Made has become a friend since we first met him in Alaska last year onboard the MS Volendam. If you plan to visit Bali, get in touch with him. He provides excellent tours, short or multi day at competitive prices. There is a link on top RH of the blog for more details.


Friday, April 17, 2009, Cruising Day 33 — 4 Comments

  1. Interesting comments on the sea state. Not sure if I trust all the data from the bridge. Sea state and now location – I’m impressed that the Volendam is a amphibious craft as the tracker shows you being about 10 mi on shore as at 06:00 on the 22nd. Might be checking the cocktail glass umbrella count for the crew!!
    As for the strong bright lights…generally things to avoid in a wee yacht (even in your barge) as drilling platforms or parked freighters/tankers are often lit up like a night-time football game, and they don’t usually give way…
    Enjoy Hong Kong. Sounds like a pretty frenetic city.