Navies of many countries patrol the corridor to ensure safety on this much-trafficked sea route leading from/to the Suez Canal – more than 20,000 transits per year. Nonetheless, the ship carries extra lights and equipment and beefy Security personnel to ensure our safety. Bloody pirates!
Chatting to the English Captain of Seabourn Sojourn, Hamish Elliott, this afternoon, I learn that there hasn’t been a pirate attack in this waterway for more than two years; the last one, unsuccessful, was in January 2014. The pirates are alive and well however, working as fishermen along the Somali coast, waiting for a relaxing in Security for them to pounce once again.
At dinner in the past couple of nights, we’ve spotted a couple of beefy, bald-headed guys whom Pam believes are Press. Come on, Pam! They’re straight out of ‘The Night Manager’, and have to be incognito guards.
I have just enjoyed roast pork and a glass of chilled Napa Valley Chardonnay in the breeze on the covered aft deck, on my lonesome for a change, as the others prefer to dine in air-conditioned comfort.