Grand Africa, voyage, day 49 – sailing the South Atlantic ocean

26 November 2022, At Sea, Atlantic Ocean

Bright sunshine and large whitecaps continue.
Luderitz was canceled, so today is a Sea Day.
My breakfast was a raisin bun, orange juice, and coffee.

Back in my room, I tried to watch the recorded lecture that I missed yesterday, when Cruise Critic had its Meet & Greet.  New lecturer Olga Stavrakis talked about the Geography of Africa.  I actually found it on TV channel 27, but it quickly changed.
Jeremy had recorded his Port Essentials for Walvis Bay, Namibia, which we visit tomorrow.  Jeremy sounded hoarse and sick.  But he shared the good information that we need from his Covid isolation day 1.  The shuttle bus and the waterfront having handicrafts both sound good.

Tai Chi had a teenage boy participating today.  He is traveling with his parents.
I returned my Cruise Specialists tour questionnaire and heard an announcement for Open Bar between 12 and 1pm, since today’s port call at Luderitz was canceled.

New speaker Olga Stavrakis’s 11am lecture: “The Peoples and Cultures of Northwest Africa – of the Sahara, Sahel, and Western Savannah.”  There are no tribes in Africa.  They are peoples or ethnic groups.  She talked about the Tuaregs of the Sahara and going south of the Fulani, Hausa, Ashanti, and Akan.

I got a glass of Moscato wine and took it to the Main Dining Room to enjoy with my lunch:  Calamari and a Spring Roll.  The open bar made a lot of people very happy.
Relaxing afternoon.

The seas grew to 12 ft. swells.  Careful walking as the ship rolls back and forth.  Using tender boats today would be dangerous, which is why today’s port was canceled.  Following seas, thankfully, in this strong current from Antarctica. The ship has handrails everywhere.  And my shower has grab bars.

Good dinner conversation this evening.
My dinner was the Seafood Croquette, Asian Style BBQ Ribs, Lemon Torte, my new Beringer’s Zinfandel Rose, and decaf coffee.

“On World Stage:  Vocalist Selim Kagee (from Cape Town) Enchanting melodies of classic songs.“  Beautiful songs, much like Elvis Presley. 
Back in my room, I was surprised to find the missing “Geography of Africa” playing on the TV.  So, I got to watch it and learn more.  Africa is different from other continents, 25 % desert.  Very rich in minerals.

Quote of the Day: “Travel makes one modest.  You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Gustave Flaubert

Photo gallery by Barbara Cummings

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