Arafura Sea

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  • Day93

    3 Seetage sind rum

    March 5, Arafura Sea ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    Wieder einmal 3 Seetage gut überstanden. Mitteweile bin ich gut in der Schiffsmaffia vernetzt, sodass ich geschnuggelte Ware auch gut eintauchen kann 😅. Ich hatte geräucherten Lachs geschenkt bekommen und davon ein Stück gegen eine Kokosnuss eingetauscht 😊. Hatte nur nicht drüber nachgedacht wie ich die öffnen kann🙈. Aber auch das war nach ein bisschen rumfragen kein Problem.

    Ein Passagier wurde aufgrund eines medizinischen Notfall mit dem Helikopter abgeholt. Zum Glück ist unsere Route nah an der australischen Küste gewesen.
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  • Day67

    Cooking Classes in the Arafura Sea

    February 19, 2018, Arafura Sea

    After my buddy Mike and I went SCUBA diving yesterday he had a chance to snorkel with a small underwater camera. Here are some of the shots he got. We also learned today that there is a cyclone, what we would call a hurricane, following us up the east coast of Australia. A Carnival Cruise ship sailing between Tasmania and Australia was so buffeted that 27 passengers were injured. The storm was so severe in Cairns, where we were yesterday, that all swimming, snorkeling, and diving in the Great Barrier Reef has been discontinued for at least 5 days. On a day at sea Chef Mathur led us in a cooking class. He showed us how he made his Valentines Day dessert, Raspberry Coeur d’Amour on Chocolate Plougastel. It’s a sea day as we are sailing in perfect weather and calm seas from Thursday Island to Darwin. Pastry Chef Mathur heard that I always have chocolate cream filled doughnuts instead of a birthday cake. He said, “I know it’s not your birthday, but I’m experimenting with a new doughnut recipe. I will send some to your room.” Room service just brought these little beauties. Good thing I spent an hour early this morning at the gym.Read more

  • Day68

    Mexican Mutiny

    February 20, 2018, Arafura Sea ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Well, glory hallelujah in a taco shell! All this lovely French cooking has been wonderful, but a few of the passengers got a wee bit weary of food whose names they cannot pronounce, so just yesterday they asked Viking for some good old Mexican food like we have on every other street corner in ‘Murka. I imagine the conversation went something like this:

    Viking Boss says, “Let’s give them a Mexican meal.”

    Chef says, “Oh, we have served ceviche several weeks ago.”

    Viking Boss says, “No, I mean tacos, enchiladas, chile rellenos, burritos. The good stuff. You’re French, but you live in California now, so you can pull it off.”

    Boy howdy! Did he ever pull it off! With only one day to prepare, tonight for supper chef served us nachos, chicken burritos, chicken tortilla soup, salsa verde, guacamole, chiles rellenos, several different kinds of cheese and pepper sauces, and shrimp tacos with red pepper sauce. And it was all fabulous! We even had real Mexican flan and churros for dessert. We got in line at 6 pm when the serving line opened to the sound of norteño Mexican music. There were about 60 people in line. It’s now 7:20 pm and the line hasn’t diminished. I think we have a winner here. Viking Boss told Glenda that they are thinking they may do this again. These folks at Viking really are the consummate hosts. They listen to us passengers and they do their absolute best to give us what we want. They even passed out margaritas to the folks waiting in line! Viking is really a class act.

    I wonder how you say “Olé” in Norwegian.
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  • Day70

    Admiral John Lippiett

    February 22, 2018, Arafura Sea

    Today we cruise from Darwin, Australia to Komodo, Indonesia. One of the guest lecturers onboard is retired British Rear Admiral John Lipiett. He impresses me as a man who is highly experienced and absolutely brilliant. He gave an analysis of the activity of the Chinese Navy in the South China Sea. He also told us about the restoration of the Mary Rose, an English vessel that sank in the sixteenth century. He and his wife made a presentation about his service in the Falkland Islands when he was a young officer. On a few occasions during the trip he would host a coffee for veterans onboard.

    One of the photos shows our next-door neighbor, Bill Mellor. He is a retired Australian one-star general who specialized in helicopter operations.

    Glenda writes: Oh what a blessing I just had. Chuck wanted a cookie so I scooted up to the world cafe to get a cookie from the coffee area. The chef was giving a party for the crew. They were dressed in their regular clothes instead of uniforms and music was playing. Thank you Viking for letting the crew know that they are a vital and important part of this world cruise. Viking not only makes the guests feel special but it also lets the crew know they are appreciated. And by the way, I also got fabulous cookies for Chuck. I would post a picture but they are already gone. It’s a sea day today with a few lectures and a port talk to keep us busy. Tomorrow we are in Komodo, Indonesia to see the Komodo Dragons. If we have any open wounds or small cuts, we have to tell the guide and stay close to him/her because the Komodo dragons have a keen sense of smell and will come after the blood. I am staying close to the guide anyway just to be safe. Sunset last night was lovely.
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  • Day73

    Lost at Sea

    March 15, Arafura Sea ⋅ 🌙 84 °F

    Tomorrow we were supposed to stop in Darwin, Australia.
    I just asked Boris "what are we going to do there?". Before he had a chance to answer, the captain announced that we will not stop there, because Australian government is not allowed "transit" ships to dock. What does that mean? Nobody knows. We just been in Cairns, AU. We suppose to terminate our cruise in Perth, AU. The captain promised the answer tomorrow morning. So, again, stay tuned.Read more

  • Day247

    Nhulunbuy

    June 11, 2019, Arafura Sea ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    750 km Gravelroad liegen hinter uns. Wir sind in Nhulunbuy angekommen, wo wir die nächsten 10-14 Tage bei Familie Gurruwiwi als Volunteers aushelfen werden. Djalu Gurruwiwi ist eine Legende und hat mit seiner Musik bereits die halbe Welt bereist. Wir helfen beim Bau von Yidakis (Didgeridoos).

You might also know this place by the following names:

Arafura Sea, Arafoera-zee, Laut Alifuru, Laut Arafuru, Laut Harafura, Laut- Harafura, Mer d'Arafura, Арафурское море, Арафурське море

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