The obliging Ukrainian Captain Doroshenko, Master of ‘Silver Cloud’, dropped by our ‘Get-together’ this evening to say hello and raise a glass. This should truly be the last of my 80th birthday celebrations!
He won’t get any sleep this evening as he navigates up the Guadalquivir River from the Atlantic Ocean and through a lock to dock in the centre of Seville before dawn.
(We are missing Lee Campbell in the photo with the captain. He bounced-in dressed in shorts (for a Cocktail Party!) five minutes before the captain. ￼￼￼ Natasa sent him back to the cabin to change. it must be something about the Australian in him. Last night, cousin Julie Hahn’s husband Dennis arrived in the main dining room in shorts. He also had to go change.￼￼￼￼)
We farewelled Frank and Markus yesterday in Lisbon. Our numbers have now swollen to 17, to sail through the Mediterranean for the next 11 days to Malta.￼￼
We have two ports to visit in Algeria. We will be the first ship allowed to enter those ports since before Covid. University lecturers and students will be the tour guides.￼
There will be another photo to share; by a young photographer from the expedition crew on the ship who hails from Goa in India.￼ He caused much laughter when he told Pam Turner that she reminded him of a famous actress from the movie￼ ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, set in India. We knew he wasn’t referring to Judi Dench, but I’m waiting to see what Pam thinks when she realizes her ‘famous actress look-alike’ is none other than Maggie Smith.￼￼