Learn to be calm and you will always be happy. ~~~ Paramhansa Yognand
(An aside, he was Pam’s yoga guru!!)
The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama passed by the east coast of Africa on Christmas Day near the end of the 15th Century. He saw a large bay and named it the Rio de Natal, the Christmas River. Natal became the name of the region. In the 1820’s, the Zulu chief Shaka forged the scattered clans of the region into a fighting force which lasted for 60 years. Durban is now the largest container port in Africa.
Charlotte organized a super tour of 20 for $125 US pp. It was an excellent value. We visited the Valley of the 1000 Hills, the Isithumba Zulu Village, and the Phe Zulu Park for traditional dancing and a walk through the reptile park. For lunch, we stopped at Hillbillie’s Trading Post. Do not miss this!! Beautiful view, welcoming staff, delicious food, and small shops! I had the Bunny Chow which is actually curry (I had chicken) in a hollowed out shell (hence, the bunny hutch) of bread. Superb! I bought 3 handmade shirts, a wooden bowl, and a painted basket. And a bonus… they had free wifi!
Complimentary South African Food and Wine Sail Away Party
Executive Chef Daniel prepared a variety of appetizers while the wine and beer flowed! The Lido Poolside was filled to bursting with happy guests, imbibing, laughing, and eating. Joe, Jill, and I shared a table with a delightful couple… and spent the time spotting celebrity guests, as well as enjoying the complimentary beverages!
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah Tutu and members of their extended family are aboard. He is a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate as well as a recipient of other commendations. Robert Taylor, President of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation in New York in also aboard.
Stein Kruse and his wife Linda are aboard. Mr. Kruse if CEO of Holland America. As such he oversees HAL, Princess Cruises, Seaborn, and HAL-Princess Alaska land operations. Additionally, he is chairman of the board of MANKO which oversees the operations of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia. In total, he oversees 41 cruise ships.
And, Mr. Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation, parent company of Holland America. He has held the post since July 2013. He is also Principal of AWDPLC LLC, a private investment company. (And, he’s good looking too!)