48 coaches parked outside our cabin
Yesterday morning there were 48 coaches parked outside our cabin. That beat the 32 from the morning before.
The main highlight of this current sojourn was the ship's two day visit to Israel.Current security concerns prompted El Capitano to decide to base the ship for both days in Haifa. 48 coaches times 40 passengers for each coach meant that almost the entire passenger list left Haifa between 7.00 am and 8.00 am for Jerusalem. The journey time was two hours each way. We arrived back at 8.30 pm after a quite amazing day. The tour we did to Jerusalem and Bethlehem lived up to its expectations. Full marks to everyone.The highlights started with a panoramic view of Old Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a look at Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity and the finale of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem. The missus had a word at the Wailing Wall but would not forgo what she said.
Our Tour on the previous day saw us travel to the Sea of Galilee which ended with a visit to Nazareth. The highlight was probably the vidit to the site of the Sermon of the Mount although there were some special moments at a Baptism Site on the River Jordan.
Today we have been in Limassol, Cyprus. I did think of searching for the Terry Holt Cricket Academy but our aching bones from yesterday would only allow us to find a bar. I expect there are some of my readers who feel I have not been doing my bit for cricket. Well, our waiter Rajesh is from Mumbai and he must be the only person from that city who does not want to talk cricket. The American gentleman sitting alongside us said he had heard of the game of "wickets" but did not understand it - so I gave up on him. I reallly do not think I will find anyone in Port Said tomorrow who will want to talk cricket, including me.
I am afraid the weather report has remained unchanged - ideal weather for cricket.
Final port of call tomorrow is Port Said with again a good number of passengers off on tours to Cairo and the Pyramids. The disturbances in Cairo over the past days has meant that the Captain has again had to make decisions - and the Tours which were due to visit Tahir Square and the Archaeological Museum have been cancelled. Alternatives are being offered but these passengers will miss the chance to see one of the iconic sights in Cairo of the Mask of Tutankhamun. We were lucky to do this Tour three years ago.
We have nothing booked for tomorrow but we did do a good deal just a few minutes ago at the Tour Office which will see us back on board the Queen Victoria next year. Gets boring doesn't it.
The time is now heading towards "Tiffin Time" - so I will leave this for Dipesh to update whilst I go and get ready for dinner.
Next Blog will likely be early next week back in Blighty. I promise not to dwell on the past couple of weeks - well not that often.
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