Adrift, is probably too strong a word. As in reality, we simply sailed in circles for a couple of days.
|Tender at the side of our Nautica ship
|Blue line shows our circling the South China Sea
Turns out the captain got the last laugh. We were going just the way he intended. The morning announcements confirmed we were going back the way we came as we were getting away from the storm and rough seas that would prevent our visit to Nha Trang. As the blue line on the map above indicates we didn't move very far either direction for a time.
Instead of one day at sea, we'd have two. Now we both like sea days, but when the selling point of the cruise had been two stops in Viet Nam, the news, I will admit, was disappointing.
|Koh Samui tenders were open to the sea and sun
But the port we were skipping was a' tender port'; one that requires the ship to anchor some distance out at sea, passengers descend a portable stairway attached to the side of the ship and board small boats that take them back and forth between the port and ship.
Sometimes the shuttle runs in those 'lifeboat' tenders that dangle at the side of the ship and other times they are provided by the port. In Koh Samui, Thailand, we had colorful Thai tenders that opened to both the sea and the sun.
|Our ship at sea in a tender port, Koh Samui, Thailand
Neither of the small boat options would be good in a storm when the ship is a healthy distance from the shore.
|View from the Nautica Horizon's Lounge
It was a good reminder that the best laid travel plans don't always work out, especially when traveling on the sea and subject to the whims of Mother Nature and the weather gods. The nice thing about being on a cruise ship with such an itinerary change was not having to scramble to find an additional night's accommodations nor change airline tickets.
For two days, the ship and the sea would be our world.
|Days at Sea. . .
|Morning coffee on our cabin's deck - a daily event
|Sun and sea beaconed on those sea days
|Our cabin - Oceania Nautica
|One of our delightful crew members
A highlight of any cruise for us is getting to know members of the staff. . . and sea days certainly give you time to visit with staff. All of the service and hospitality personnel are primarily young people from all over the world. They are eager to talk about their families and the countries from which they come. Their home country used to be printed on their name tags, but Oceania has quit doing that for whatever reason.
|Senior Staff introduced at the Captain's Cocktail Party - guess the Chef
|My name is Aye, that is A not I
|Aye charmed us all