One of the great things about embarkation day being an overnight on the ship is that you have a wide variety of excursions to pick from the second day of the cruise. Mama and I opted for an all day excursion and were delighted by a full day tour of the
Our tour began at 8:15 in the cloudy mist with a drive to the
(To think that in less than six months, I had nearly been at the North Pole and was now at the South-Western tip of Africa was WILD.....)
We even found a family of ostriches—how unusual for me to see them in a natural environment.
We then drove up to the Cape Point lookout. (name?) where the spectacular
The clouds were fast approaching as we drove north toward Boulder's Beach for lunch and to see the penguins.
We had lunch next to the Penguin colony, and the clouds caught up with us. The rain began during lunch, but that didn’t daunt yours truly. As we all know I am neither sugar or a wicked witch (well, totally) I gave my poncho to one lady, my umbrella to another.
The penguins were all adorable cuteness, as penguins are wont to be. I wish I had had more time with them. I could watch them all day.
After the rainy penguin parade, we got back on the coach and headed back up the penisula toward Capetown. Driving through fields of vineyards, we arrived at the
Then it was back to Serenity for muster.
Back on the ship, and Mama and I congratulated ourselves on our cleverness at making reservations at Silk Road that night…and so we were able to enjoy sail-away from the
and the wind was strong, so the sailboats were amazing---
I had fun watching them switch tacks and zigzagging with each other. They were wildly heeled over and some almost lost it a couple of times when coming about.
It was also a great time to reconnect with the “Lido Boys” – as I lovingly refer to the Filippino deck stewards. Oh,
Down at Silk Road, Jane and I had a wonderful (what could ever NOT be wonderful about Nobu Matsuhisa’s sushi??) dinner and had the chance to visit with Sigi, the maitre d', and with Oleg, another wino friend and to hear all about his new baby son. Oleg wasn’t on Serenity last year when we were, so it was nice to see him again after TWO years! I was piggy-I had BOTH the three crème brulee dessert AND a side scoop of sesame ice cream!
After an action-packed trip in Capetown, Mama and I both were ready for a day at sea to prepare for SAFARI!