Cruise on the Discovery in the Indian Ocean, March/April 2009

(Please scroll down to see my photographs and report)

Date: Port: Flag: Tour escort: Comment:
14/03/2009 Port Louis, Mauritius Gardens & Sugar Mill See photo below
18/03/2009 Praslin, Seychelles Swimming
19/03/2009 Port Victoria, Seychelles Walked around town
20/03/2009 La Digue, Seychelles See photo below
24/03/2009 Malé, the Maldives Walked around the entire island!
26/03/2009 Goa, India No visa!
27/03/2009 Mumbai, India No visa!
30/03/2009 Porbandar, India No immigration so bus into town!
01/04/2009 Muscat, Oman Walked along prom into town
03/04/2009 Salalah, Oman Took taxi into town
08/04/2009 Sharm el Sheik, Egypt St. Catherine's Red sea hotel late lunch
09/04/2009 Aqaba, Jordan City Tour
10/04/2009 Aqaba, Jordan Petra Petra hotel late lunch
11/04/2009 Safaga, Egypt Luxor Luxor hotel late lunch


Andreea's beach on La Digue, the Seychelles

Andreea's beach on La Digue, the Seychelles



Botanical Gardens on Mauritius

Botanical Gardens on Mauritius



Old minaret in Malé, capital of the Maldives

Old minaret in Malé, capital of the Maldives



Gandhi's birthplace, Porbandar, India

Gandhi's birthplace, Porbandar, India



The promenade, Muscat, Oman

The promenade, Muscat, Oman



St. Catherine's monastery, Sinai, Egypt (C) Dr Tony Waltham

St. Catherine's monastery, Sinai, Egypt (C) Dr Tony Waltham



Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan



Karnak temple, Luxor, Egypt

Karnak temple, Luxor, Egypt



Doc. Martin's line dancers>

Doc. Martin's line dancers



Geoff, Lyn, John & Martin

Geoff, Lyn, John & Martin



Gertrude & Martin dancing on deck on tropical night

Gertrude & Martin dancing on deck on tropical night



Joan & Martin

Joan & Martin



Lyn, Ann & Gabrielle

Lyn, Ann & Gabrielle



Always smiling!

Always smiling!



Martin & Pauline

Martin & Pauline



Dancing on deck on tropical night

Dancing on deck on tropical night

Here's my report on the cruise:

Just to let you know that I have just got back from my month in the Indian Ocean on board the M.V. Discovery. She's a lovely old ship but was only half full so I got my own cabin! I worked with John Banfield who was amusing and the lovely Lyn & Geoff Dye who shared the dance classes. The first fortnight's cruise director liked deck parties, line dancing and a passenger talent show; the second fortnight's didn't.

Good points were:

  1. Cheap internet (from 3 US cents per minute).
  2. Wi-Fi in most lounges (Windows only, not Linux).
  3. Hosting a table in the main dining room as on Saga ships.
  4. No rules to obey (e.g. access to pools and jacuzzis).
  5. No contracts to sign.
  6. Flexible dress code.
  7. Retractable sun roof over lido deck and pool.
  8. Line dancing troupe in the passenger talent show taught and led by me.
  9. Excellent 5 piece band.
  10. Excellent classical trio playing dance music in second lounge not in a corridor as on FOCL.
  11. Duo, Trio and Band played lots of Sambas, Tangos and line dance country music as well as the usual stuff.
  12. Excellent programme of up to 4 lectures per sea day.
  13. Some good theme nights (St. Patrick's, Arabian, Indian).
  14. Speciality dance classes (tap, belly, Argentine tango etc).

Usual evening programme:

Here was my itinerary:

The pax, cruise directors, CEO and captain all said they were very pleased with our performance. Perhaps my finest cruise so far!