Friday, October 21st
The temperatures were climbing to the high 30’s and the 60 SPF sunscreen became my best friend. We started going to the gym which was typically busy (probably from all the cruise food everyone was indulging in). The gym had a mix of elliptical machines, treadmills, bikes and weights. The cardio machines faced a wall of windows which provided breathtaking views during every workout.
Whenever we had a full day at sea our routine stayed fairly consistent. Gym, food, pool, food, cards, food, reading and food. Looking back, our one trip to the gym doesn’t seem adequate when you note all of our “food breaks”.
The Suez Canal was lined with bare desert terrain. Small huts with armed guards stood and watched as our ship cruised by.
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
We woke up as the boat was pulling into the port. The horn sounded and sent vibrations throughout the ship. We pulled open our blinds to watch as we pulled into our next stop, Sharm El-Sheikh. At 7am, the sun was blazing hot and there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky.
Today, we were going snorkelling in the Red Sea. We packed our backpack with sunscreen, water bottles, towels and a change of clothes. While disembarking we had to give our passports to the Egyptian custom guards, they stamped our passports and we were on our way.
It was a smaller tour today, which wasn’t surprising since it was marked as a more “adventurous” tour. Some of the workers from the ship joined us as well. We made it to our destination and the beach was beautiful. Small huts were scattered around the beach where locals were selling jewlery, handmade crafts and snacks.
It took me a while to muster up the courage to get into the water. We put our flippers on and waddled across the rocks before reaching deeper water. This tour was too good to pass up, but being terrified of the water made it very challenging to get me in. Luckily, Shawn held my hand and guided me in. I kept a firm grip on his hand the entire time. The reef was filled with vibrant colours and a wide range of tropical fish.
After snorkelling we got back on the bus to travel around the city while the tour guide provided us with some facts. We met some interesting people on this tour. One couple kept challenging the tour guide and questioning every fact she was giving us. Luckily the guide kept her composure and continued to share her knowledge with us. Shawn and I tried to silence the ignorant couple so we could continue to enjoy our day.
After getting back to the ship, we sat out by the pool until the temperature got too hot for us. Once the temperature made its way into the 30’s, we decided to head back to our balcony for some cribbage and reading. We sat on the balcony and enjoyed the mountainous views and crystal clear water.