Gulf of Guinea

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    • Day 71

      Gulf of Guinea (Lagos, Nigeria)- SUNRISE

      March 26, 2023 ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

      Some mornings a perfect sunrise is just what you need to start the day right.

      Sunrise at the Sea By Betty Harp Butler

      God created so much beauty on earth-
      Mountains and plains, hills and valleys,
      But nothing can compare to a sunrise at the sea.
      It is a miracle created just for you and me.

      The sky and the ocean seem to blend
      Together on the horizon.
      Slowly the light slips
      Over the line…

      Glorious colors appear on the horizon.
      As the sun slowly climbs over and begins
      To ascend in glory sublime.
      Such breathtaking beauty brings tears to my eyes.

      I am reminded of creation in the beginning
      When God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
      I worship the one who created such beauty.
      It is simply pure delight.
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    • Day 105

      At Sea … Atlantic Expedition Stats

      March 26, 2023 ⋅ ☁️ 84 °F

      After a series of ports of call in West Africa, today we had a much-needed day at sea before our final port tomorrow in this part of the continent.

      That we did nothing to exert ourselves goes without saying. It was quiet. It was relaxing.

      The Oceania Club Party for this segment was tonight, so we went to the Insignia Lounge to hear OCA Cella’s stats. Here are few bits and pieces …

      The 592 passengers on this segment come from 21 different countries. Instead of giving us the top five countries as she usually does, OCA Cella gave us the other end of the spectrum … one passenger each from Ireland, The Netherlands, Peru, and Ukraine.

      Of the total passengers onboard, 503 are repeaters. Rather than giving us the number of days traveled by each of the 7 people who are the most traveled, OCA Cella gave us the combined total … a jaw-dropping 9,272 days!!!!

      As she promised, OCA Cella also quoted some tracking stats that she received from the Food & Beverage Department. My fingers weren’t nimble enough to catch all of the details, but here are the two I managed to jot down … on a WEEKLY basis, we apparently consume 738 pounds of lobster and 6,773 pounds of vegetables.

      After the party, Mui and I went up to Toscana, where a little birdie had whispered that Cacio e Pepe, one of my favorite pasta dishes, was going to be the special tonight. We were hosted for dinner by Chris, the Executive Concierge who came aboard when our friend Julio left to go on vacation, and Millie, the RTW Concierge. We had a wonderful meal. Lots of laughter and conversation accompanied it. And yes, everyone had the special pasta of the night … some as a primi piatti … or in my case, as the secondi piatti.
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    • Day 100

      At Sea

      March 21, 2023 ⋅ ☁️ 82 °F

      Day two of our two days at sea.

      We have now cruised past the coasts of Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. And have turned the corner to enter the Gulf of Guinea.

      Woke up to lightning on the horizon this morning, but no rain fell on our quiet day at sea.

      Dinner tonight was at the Polo Grill … at one of our preferred two-top tables overlooking the stern of the ship. Alas, no colorful sunset to celebrate the Vernal Equinox … equal hours of daylight and darkness on the Equator. We’re still a bit north of that line as yet.

      The Insignia Lounge is featuring a comedy-magic show headlining Danny Buckler. I don’t care for such shows, preferring a peaceful evening in the cabin. Mui will report back as to his thoughts about the entertainment when he returns to the cabin.
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    • Day 100

      04.15.2024 S. Atlantic Ocean Day 2/7

      April 15 ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

      It’s going to be a busy sea day. Following breakfast Myron went to the Spa and Diana went to craft class to finish her project. It is a 100% wool eyeglass case that I appliquéd and embroidered.
      Diana had a great a great afternoon in a comfy lounger by the pool watching the world go by.
      Myron and a choir rehearsal with the guys to learn the words to one of the songs they will be performing soon.
      At 5:30 we attended Viking Resident Historian Forum with Dr.
      Bryan Babcock: "The Art of Movement."
      Discuss how African music and dance have impacted the globe in Torshaven. Dinner is at the Captains table at 6:30 with a group of friends.
      We ended the evening in the Star Theater as Viking proudly presents Guest Entertainer Lloyd Hollett "The Comedy Wordsmith"
      Dubbed by Gyles Brandreth as a 'linguistic comedy genius, Lloyd will have you amazed and amused with his masterful Comedy Wordplay and Vocal Wizardry. Lloyd's original style of comedy and remarkable memory bank will guarantee to bring a smile to your face.
      He was very very good. Good jokes and can sing!
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    • Day 102

      Ghana Sailaway

      March 23, 2023 ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

      After our stressful drive back to Takoradi, all we wanted to do was relax.

      So, we made ourselves comfortable on the veranda to await our departure from Ghana. It was later than scheduled due to late-returning tours. We didn’t care. We were on the ship … safe and sound. And we weren’t the cause of the delay 😉. We enjoyed the interesting cloud formations for a bit and then went inside to get ready for dinner in Toscana.

      Tonight, we were hosted by F&B Manager Mariusz in Toscana. Sharing the table with us were Wendy and William from Washington State. We’ve known Mariusz since 2017. He is quite the character … and there’s no need to worry about whether there will be lull in the conversation if he’s at the table. He had us all in stitches as we listened to his tales of life at sea.

      We had a delightful evening … one that helped us forget all about the stressful end to our tour.
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    • Day 103

      Togo Toga Party

      March 24, 2023 ⋅ ☁️ 82 °F

      No formal entertainment tonight.

      Instead, the 7th annual Togo Toga Party was held in the Insignia Lounge. People have been preparing their colorful costumes, purchasing African fabrics and outfits since CD Ray first announced the party.

      Not many “true togas” in evidence, but it was a colorful party nonetheless.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Gulf of Guinea, Golf von Guinea, Golfe de Guinée, Golfo de Guinea, Golfo de Gvineo

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