Update from Chesapeake Station World Cruise

William Thayer guest speakerIt’s been an enlightening journey as we’ve traveled around the world by ship, and I’ve met and heard from fascinating people. Pictured here is William Thayer, guest maritime speaker on board the Pacific Princess ship. He has terrific research on Amelia Earhart, Capt Cook, Drake, Howard Hughes, he was a test pilot for Hughes etc. many historic figures throughout history. Google him.

In the meantime, after sailing north in the Red Sea (without incident) for the past three days, we’ve finally docked in Jordan. Jordan is and continues to be an ally of the U.S. From the starboard side of the ship we can look to our right and see Jerusalem.

The Red Sea shipping channel allows for the unfettered flow of cargo and passenger ships, north and south, from the Gulf of Aden to the Mediterranean Sea.

Warm temperatures (75F to 85F) with intermittent overcast clouds. The glass deck sliders are locked open for an abundance of fresh Salt Sea air.

Construction workers were waving and raising their arms in a gesture of friendship all along the shoreline. Mounds of sand boarder Canal channels that had been dredged during the original Canal construction dating back to 1869.

Surprising to me, The Canal Authority drafted an agreed that all shipping through the Canal would permit passage for both peaceful and wartime transit.

Onboard ship communications were in hushed whispers this morning due to security issues and tensions just over the adjacent port side berm.

The Nile River to Cairo flows parallel with the Suez Canal several miles to the East.

In reviewing the map, we’ll be sailing north past the coastline of Tel Aviv in Israel to Beirut in Damascus, then west to Nicosia on the Island in Cypress, then due west to the Island of Rhodes, our next port of call.

We’re the lead ship. Number one in a twenty-four ship convoy to pass through the canal today.
Among the many cargo and tanker ships, we’re the only passenger ship in the convoy.

After paying shipping and customs charges, I’ll be receiving two additional cases of Chesapeake Station books when we dock in Rhodes, an island off the coast of Turkey.


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