The “Bollywood to South Beach” Voyage, part 19

The Bollywood to South Beach Voyage – Regent Seven Seas Voyager, October 29-December 18, 2009

Text by Snookums, Pictures by Filbert

Part Nineteen

November 18 (Wednesday, Day 21, Richard’s Bay, South Africa) (continued) –

Our Hluhluwe game drive continued, and we were immediately faced with one very real and somewhat intimidating question:

Why did the rhino cross the road?

More after the jump . . .

Because it damn well wanted to, that’s why.
Just a sec, I’ve got an itch . . .
Are you talkin’ to me?
Giraffe really like roads, part 3
Baboon in a tree
Really long horn
Two day old impala
Back to the ship

The ship took off around 2 PM and the harbor pilot was picked up by a helicopter hovering over the bow of the ship and the pilot getting in a sling. Our port lecturer said that it’s because so much coal carrier traffic comes in and out of Richards Bay that the pilots can’t waste time boating to and from the ships entering and leaving the port. As soon as we hit the open water, the rocking and rolling started. The captain warned everyone that due to the high winds and the 4-meter swells it would be rough, and it was. We took our Dramamine and hunkered in our cabin and ultimately took naps. (Dramamine causes drowsiness.)

Whitecaps ahead. Smooth water in the harbor, rough seas outside.
The ship’s pilot enters the helicopter

We had previously arranged to have dinner with Carl and Lynn and Matt so we met them in Compass Rose. After dinner we went to Lynn and Matt’s 320 sq. ft. penthouse suite to see what it looked like compared to our 306 sq. ft suite (plus they have butler service that they don’t really use). The three of them are getting off in Cape Town, along with A LOT of other cruisers, and we’ll miss them. The seas were still rough and we took another dose of Dramamine before going to bed.

Next: Cape Town bound . . .