We’ve managed to sail our way to Sunday, April 7th, which marks the end of our cruise. After setting our watches back and forward no fewer than four times on this voyage, it is now 7:05 a.m. (4 p.m. PST on Saturday, April 6th). My iPad mini has been unable to keep up with the frequent time changes and it is telling me that it is 8:06 a.m., which I hope is incorrect because we are supposed to be out of our staterooms by 8 a.m. and I am still in my bathrobe. Michael is in less than that but is in bed reading. We are both trying to milk the last drop of relaxation out of our cruising experience.
Yesterday, we took our last shore excursion. Into Bangkok for the “Panoramic Bangkok” tour. It was a good tour with a good guide BUT:
One: The port for ships of our size is Laem Chabang, which is a 2+ hour drive from Bangkok proper . . . through mostly industrial development.
Two: Bangkok has the record of being the hottest capital city in the world according to our cruise director and it wasn’t lowering the temperature average yesterday; we were in the high 90’s/100 degree range.
Three: The tour itself (subtracting the 45 minutes for our lunch stop) was about three hours long.
Result: A very long, hot day spent on a bus that, even though it was a luxury bus with in seat massage technology, ceased to be comfortable after about the first hour. Not a very good use of our time. Because we are going to be in Bangkok for the next three days, I should have spent the day on board the ship soaking in its Scandinavian decor and comfort and letting its incomparable staff cater to my every whim.
Although that last full day and tour were not the highlights of our ocean going vacation, this has been a wonderful experience made even more memorable by our traveling companions: Dave, Claire, Steve and Sally. I never did win a game of Phase Ten, Thirteen or Mexican Train but I sure had a lot of fun being a big loser.