Author Archives: Helga

We Thought They Were Pirates!

Monday Dear Elsie The last 24 hours has been laden with excitement! Last night we were supposed to leave Jeddah at 6pm. As we sat down to dinner, they announced the departure would be 2 hours late due to technical … Continue reading

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Jeddah

Sunday Dear Elsie Today your Mom sent me videos of you playing on the new jungle gym and slide at the Padstal. It was so lovely to watch you! You are growing up so fast! Meanwhile, today was the day … Continue reading

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Day at Sea

Saturday Dear Elsie Today we had a day at sea. Last night we left Safaga and now we are on our way to Jeddah. We should arrive early tomorrow morning. We will see Jeddah from the ship but we are … Continue reading

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Surprise in Safaga, Egypt

Friday Dear Elsie, Sometimes you go places and don’t expect much and then you get a big surprise when you find some good thing about it. That’s what happened today is Safaga, Egypt. We arrived to a majestic sunrise. I’m … Continue reading

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Camel Rides in the Sinai Desert

Thursday Dear Elsie Today was the day we went on a camel ride! We arrived in Sharm El-Sheik, which is a sunny holiday resort on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It looked rather grand when we arrived this morning with … Continue reading

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Sooty Sokhna, Egypt

Wednesday Dear Elsie Today we have been on the ship a week! Overnight, we arrived in a small city on the coast of Egypt called Sokhna. I have to say it did not come with great first impressions. When we … Continue reading

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Suez Canal 2022

Tuesday Dear Elsie Today we passed through the Suez Canal. There are lots of things that happen along this waterway…. The friendship bridge… One of many Egyptian towns.. A tug tearing past. Fishermen… At the back of the ship… In … Continue reading

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Jeans Washing Day

Monday Dear Elsie We had a good time last night at the gala dinner. Everyone dressed up quite smartly and we all sat down to dinner. Today was the day I washed my jeans. When you are on a ship … Continue reading

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A Special Ship Night

Sunday Dear Elsie Today is an exciting night on the ship because it’s Gala Night. That means that everyone dresses up in their very nice clothes and go and have a very nice dinner. So we are preparing for that … Continue reading

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Katakolon Greece

Saturday Dear Elsie The first thing about Katakolon in Greece is we have been mis-pronouncing it. We came here in 2017 and went to Olympia which is about 30km away. Having done that main excursion, the next best thing was … Continue reading

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Getting Some Relaxing Done

Friday Dear Elsie Today was the day we were able to start enjoying the cruise and get some relaxing done.  The biggest surprise I have seen on the ship so far is the lack of Covid protocol. It’s all but … Continue reading

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A Different Persective

Thursday Dear Elsie Today was the day we arrived in Split, Croatia. It was the day I was reminded of life always having more than one perspective. This was the view from our cabin as we arrived. A beautiful view … Continue reading

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When Negative is Positive

Wednesday Dear Elsie Today was quite the roller coaster ride. After a week of anxiety that Granpa may have Covid, today he tested negative and we were able to get on the ship. We left our apartment early in search … Continue reading

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Venice!

Tuesday.. Dear Elsie Today was the day we arrived in Venice but there were a few tense moments! We woke up in Milan, had breakfast and then I chilled while Mike went and collected Julian. Then we wondered around Milan … Continue reading

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Milan!

Monday Dearest Elsie Today was the day we all arrived in Milan. We got up early in Varenna and went to the local coffee shop for cappuccino and then went for a last walk around this beautiful little village. Surely, … Continue reading

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