Sailing the Gulf of Aden

Sailing aboard Silversea’s Silver Wind en-route to Safaga, Egypt. Photo taken earlier this week in Salalah, Oman. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Position as of 18:49 L: 12° 58’19” N, 43° 11’57” E

Speed: 19.7 knots

Wind: 8 km/h / Seas: less than 1 metre

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports
Silversea’s Silver Wind finds herself once again in the Gulf of Aden today as she makes her way from Salalah, Oman to our next port of call in Safaga, Egypt, where we will arrive at 0700 on Sunday morning.
In the old days, a long sea voyage used to be prescribed for a variety of maladies. It was thought that the sea air had restorative properties and was good for what ails you. While doctors no longer offer up a weeklong cruise as the proverbial cure-all, they probably should – particularly itineraries like this that have long stretches of days spent entirely at sea.

At sea once again today. Our transit of the Gulf of Aden has been smooth as glass.  Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

At sea once again today, as seen through the aft-facing doors of the Panorama Lounge on Deck 8. Our transit of the Gulf of Aden has been smooth as glass. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Truth be told, I’ve felt exhausted for the past few days – so much so that I’ve had to have a mid-afternoon nap, which I almost never take. I tried everything to avoid this yesterday, even using the Illy espresso machine in my suite to whip myself up a double espresso in the hopes of keeping my eyes open. Finally, I couldn’t fight it any more: I laid down for an hour-long “power nap.” It must have worked; in what seemed like the blink of an eye, my iPhone was waking me up.
Here’s the difference between a Silversea cruise and a mainstream cruise: the Silversea cruise encourages you to focus on you. It invites you to slow down, to escape the rush of that thing we call “the real world.”

How do you escape the

How do you escape the “real world” here onboard the Silver Wind? Well, you can play golf in the atrium lobby on Deck 4… Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

...or enjoy high tea in La Terrazza on Deck 7.  Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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