World cruise 2013

Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
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Trip End May 01, 2013


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Friday, May 3, 2013

On the 96th day we arrived in Walvis Bay, Namibia a small but busy port for a town of 50,000 people, the weather was temperate and comfortable for most people. This is a very clean town unlike many other African towns where there is trash everywhere, but not here. There is a sizable fishing fleet and a salt extraction operation from sea water, which employees most of the population. Afrikaans influence is everywhere from the orderly street numbering system to the perpendicular street diagram. The first European visitors were Portuguese mariners seeking a way to India, and then Germany annexed Namibia except for Walvis Bay taken by the British in 1878. Then in 1910 Walvis Bay became part of South Africa until 1994 when it was transferred back to Namibia.

We got off the ship and found a woman taxi driver who we hired to take us around the area. First stop was to see the flamingos south of town in a large lagoon. We went with another couple that we see in church everyday Romeo and Joyce from Toronto, Canada. At the lagoon we took many pictures of the thousands of flamingos some say as many as 300,000 of them. Then we went to the salt extraction system and took more pictures of the heavy equipment needed for the packing and transportation of the salt that ultimately goes to the port for shipping.

Next we went to Dune 7 a popular photo opportunity to try and recreate photos taken there by National Geographic Magazine of the largest sand dunes. Many people climb Dune 7 and a small restaurant nearby has a list of those who climbed it the fastest to the oldest person that climbed the dune. No we did not climb the dune but instead took a number of pictures and went to the next stop, which was Swakopmund just 20 miles to the north on the coast. On the way we saw a solitary antelope on our left hand side as we were driving, Delly our driver stopped the car so we could take some pictures, unfortunately we forgot to bring our telephoto lens. Mary Ann's camera the point and shoot Fuji had a greater digital zoom and her pictures were better than mine even though I got out approaching the animal only it kept moving away from me. Delly drove us to the converted train station that was made into a beautiful hotel with the pool over the track area. Mary Ann tried to buy a few things at the gift shop but they would not accept my credit card and we had no Namibian money. We walked about the town and stopped in a restaurant that had a logo like Starbucks that accepted my credit card so we had something to eat and drink, before continuing our journey. Since this town has a small port it has a lighthouse that was rebuilt in 1914 and the worlds largest crystal cluster housed in Krystal Galerie a small museum. Delly picked us up and headed back to the port in Walvis Bay where we boarded the ship for another very busy evening of eating and entertainment.

Next day we took a shuttle to town and bought a few sundries and went to the Protea Hotel to use their internet for our blog. Back on the ship we saw the movie Les Miserables and had another formal night with all the pomp and circumstance that they go through to make us feel special.

Next port of call is Jamestown, St. Helena arriving on Monday on our 100th day.
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Mary Hunt on

What an interesting Day!

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