Between Maldives and Seychelles
20.05.2011 - 22.05.2011
Since last entry we have visited Goa in India and Male the capital of the Maldives. We spent the day at Goa with the expectation we were going to be given a cultural experience at a hotel. Instead we had an unsatisfactory experience in being taken through the hot and crowded streets of this once portuguese colony which was not part of India until 1963 when the Indian Army carried out a brief but effective military action which freed Goa from Portuguese rule in one morning. There are still more christians and churches here than anywhere else in India. The cultural experience consisted of an entirely unsatisfactory performance of 3 local Portuguese style Goan dances interspersed with Elvis Presley songs. The best part of the show was the conga line at the end where all sweated as much as each other. Then back to the ship for a buffet meal and then the highlight of the day the Island Night Party where everyone let it all hang out and where Josh and his friends ended up in the pool. We decided not to go ashore in Male as we had enough of the humidity and felt like having a relaxing day aboard. Melinda went ashore and wandered on her own around the narrow crowded streets of this entirely Sunni moslem town which has been Muslim since the 11th Century.
We are now into our 21st day of this long cruise which has been the most relaxing holiday we have had in years. The presence of Melinda and Josh in particular and Felix and Shoshanna makes this trip different to all that have proceeded it. We have at last had a cooler evening during which we had our dinner together, saw a great production show, and then sat with all the other old folk and sang along with the resident pianoplayer - a very funny man who insults all and sundry. As there are only 5 children under the age of 11 he had a special mention for Josh who wandered into the lounge with Melinda - a music stopping moment where 200 people had to say Hi Josh as he is a great novelty - a real child. India is well and truly behind us now and today we re-crossed the equator. We had a re-crossing ceremony where King Neptune reaffirmed his vows with his wife DD. This afternoon we had Celebrity Trivia quiz with 3 very funny comedians and nathan Foley who was a foundation Member of Hi-5. We still have over half our cruise to go and get to the Seychelles tomorrow. Walking on decklast night was like floating in infinity with ball lightning lighting the otherwise black sky. We are now looking forward to Africa and our Safari experiences short though they will be.