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Mary Ann: Take a small roll of duct tape; I didn’t pack it and regret it.
Lori: Hope you are doing well. Come see me in FLA.
Sylvia: There is still a hop on/hop off bus at Piraeus port.
Carole, Ine, Jack: Hope to meet you all about March 1.
From the Captain
“As we are about to transit some areas that have been affected by piracy incidents in the last couple of months, we are kindly asking you the cooperation with the following: In an effort to sail through the areas as un-noticed as possible, we intend to “darken” the ship; not only will the vessel be less recognizable as a cruise ship, it also helps our Security personnel to maintain night vision and it will enable them to spot a small boat quicker from their observation posts.” Drapes and curtains are drawn at all windows during this time. Lights on decks are also dimmed.
Less than 2 days after we passed through Suez, Egypt, a riot erupted with several deaths And several days after passing Port Said, the fighting in the streets had left 30 dead. Since we will be transversing the Suez Canal again in 6 weeks or so, I hope the situation calms before then.
Captain Sybe de Boer hosted 4 star Mariners to a cocktail, wine, and champagne reception in the Crow’s Nest. The Crow’s Nest was filled with 4 stars. The evening before the Captain had hosted a dinner in the Pinnacle for 5 stars. There are 20 on the Rotterdam at this time. I am counting the days until I add the fifth star…. it will happen on this voyage.
The Solos Table at the Pinnacle Grill was memorable. The cuisine of the Pinnacle was wonderful as usual. Our table consisted of David from Canada, Sandy and me from USA, Ron from Scotland, and Martina and Eric from Holland. Eric was born in Indonesia and lived through the Japanese occupation; he left in 1947 and this will be his first trip back. Martina went to Indonesia as a nurse in 1947 and served a children’s hospital there for several years.
Captain de Boer and Hotel Director Francois Birada hosted a cocktail, wine, and champagne reception for Cruise Critic guests. The appetizers were scrumptious. Officers and staff mingled with CC guests in probably the nicest affair of it type I have ever attended. 120 Cruise Critic members are doing all or part of the Voyage.