Sailing the Red Sea with Silversea

Silversea's Silver Wind sails the Red Sea this afternoon en-route to Safaga, Egypt!  Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Silversea’s Silver Wind sails the Red Sea this afternoon en-route to Safaga, Egypt! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Position as of 15:05 L: 18° 14’32” N, 39° 55’24” E

Speed: 16.9 knots

Wind: 10 km/h / Seas: less than 1 metre

Temperature: 44.7°C

Friday, April 10, 2015

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports

It’s Day Three of four straight days at sea here onboard Silversea’s Silver Wind as we wind our way towards Safaga, Egypt and the start of a major port-of-call stretch that will last for six straight days. Aside from the transit of the Suez Canal, after tomorrow our next true Sea Day won’t occur until nearly the end of the voyage as we make our way to Kusadasi, Turkey and then eventually on to Piraeus – the Greek port city that is the gateway to Athens.

Long days at sea? No problem here onboard the Silver Wind!  Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Long days at sea? No problem here onboard the Silver Wind! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Truth be told, I don’t mind long stretches at sea – but then, I like Transatlantic Crossings, where the main feature is sea days that stretch on forever. Tonight, we even get to set our clocks back another hour, which means an extra hour of sleep. It’s a good thing, too – we might need it. There’s a surprising amount of things going on today that I aim to take part in.

A look at what’s up today onboard the Silver Wind, courtesy of the Silversea Chronicles:

  • 0700: Morning Walk with Fitness Instructor Konstantinos. Aerobics Room, 9.
  • 0730: Stretch and Surrender with Fitness Instructor Konstantinos. Aerobics Room, 9.
  • 0800: ABS Class with Fitness Instructor Konstantinos. Aerobics Room, 9.
  • 0800: The Silver Quiz, Crossword, and Sudoku are available. Shore Concierge, 6.
  • 0900: International Desk. Elonora is available to assist International Guests. Lobby, 6.
  • 0930: Starting Bridge from Scratch with Genevieve Wilson. Card Room, 6.
  • 0930: Bridge for Novice Players by Albert Wilson. Card Room, 6.
  • 1000: International Desk. Bianca is available to assist International Guests. Lobby, 6.
  • 1000: Jigsaw Puzzle. Come along and add a few pieces. Card Room, 6.
  • 1015: Coffee Chat with Voice of Silversea Melanie. Panorama Lounge, 8.
  • 1030: Bridge for Intermediate Players by Albert Wilson. Card Room, 6.
  • 1030: Sudoku Challenge for prize points with International Hostess Elonora. Panorama Lounge, 8.
  • 1030: Enrichment Lecture with Guest Lecturer Peter Damisch. Today’s Topic: Upper Egypt: Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. Parisian Lounge, 6.
  • 1100: Watch Seminar: Jaeger Le Coultre with Watch and Jewellery Specialist Murat. The Boutique, 5.
  • 1100: Have a game with your fellow guests hosted by Luperci. Pool Deck, 8.
  • 1130: Bar Tricks and Magic with our talented Bar Staff. Pool Bar, 8.
  • 1200: Pub Lunch. Come along and enjoy the congeniality of an English Pub. The Bar, 5.
  • 1400: Duplicate and Informal Bridge Play with Albert and Genevieve Wilson. Card Room, 6.
  • 1400: Dance Class with Gentlemen Hosts Joe and Howard.
  • 1500: Blackjack Tournament. The time has come to find Silver Wind’s best Blackjack player! The Casino, 5.
  • 1500: Water Volleyball with the Voices of Silversea. Pool Deck, 8.
  • 1530: Arts & Crafts: Make your own big envelope gift bags with International Hostess Elonora. Panorama Lounge, 8.
  • 1600: Afternoon Tea is served to the delightful music of Lou. La Terrazza, 7.
  • 1615: Enrichment Lecture with Guest Lecturer Dr. Gunter Mulack. Today’s Topic: The Arab Peninsula: Only Gas and Oil – or Is There More? Parisian Lounge, 6.
  • 1700: Team Trivia for prize points with Cruise Director Colin. The Bar, 5.
  • 1730: Golf Putting for prize points and fun hosted by Philippa. Lobby, 4.
  • 1830: Sabbath Service conducted by Rabbi Ben Morrow. Card Room, 6.
  • 1830: The Silver Wind Quartet plays for Guests’ listening and dancing pleasure. The Bar, 5.
  • 1845: Lou plays for Guests’ listening pleasure. Panorama Lounge, 8.
  • 1845: Pre-dinner Entertainment: Silversea Proudly Presents ‘Un Soiree Musicale’ starring Cruise Director Pianist Colin Barbiere-Brown, Soprano Ashley Slater and Tenor Luperci De Souza. Parisian Lounge, 6.
  • 2130: The Silver Wind Quartet plays for Guests’ listening and dancing pleasure. The Bar, 5.
  • 2145: Lou plays for Guests’ listening pleasure. Panorama Lounge, 8.
  • 2145: Silversea Proudly Presents: Multi-Award-Winning Magician Marc Oberon returns with a brand-new show. Parisian Lounge, 6.

That’s a lot going on for a single day at sea on a small ship. Two production shows, two lectures by two different guest lecturers, all the games of Bridge that card players could ever want, an English-style Pub Lunch, high tea, and the usual bloodbath that is Team Trivia for prize points and bragging rights.

This afternoon, a traditional English Pub Lunch was held in The Bar on Deck 5.  Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

This afternoon, a traditional English Pub Lunch was held in The Bar on Deck 5. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Every good pub lunch needs the proper adult beverages!  Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Every good pub lunch needs the proper adult beverages! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report aboard Silversea’s elegant Silver Wind continues tomorrow as we spend one last day at sea en-route to our first Egyptian port of call of Safaga – gateway to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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