We boarded our boat, the Emerald Sky to a buffet lunch. It was an opportunity to meet our fellow travelers before being shown to our cabin on the top deck. The cabins are on three decks, with the upper two boasting balconies; the lower deck is mostly below the waterline. On riverboats, a balcony comprises a window that opens into a small area in your room, with a couple of chairs, but it was lovely to feel the breeze on your face. Down the hall from our room was the lounge and bar where we’d lunched. The Sky accommodates 180 passengers and I reckon the nationality split was 40% Brits, 35% Americans, 25% Canadians, and a couple from New Zealand. And, with this demographic, we also had Mr. Brexit and Trump on board; spectres we tried our best to avoid.
|Entering a Lock|
|At the Captain’s Table|
|The Captain walks ahead of a bridge|
|Our ship - The Emerald Sky|
We’d traveled the Nile on a 2014 cruise and one evening we’d put on a show. The crew organized it, but it was the passengers who'd had to dress up, play games, and act silly. On this cruise, the crew put on a show for us. Guys we hadn’t seen came up from the kitchen and sang; the travel director and the maître d’ performed a play; the captain danced with the housekeepers, and then he challenged us to join him – we did. It was a warm and genuine evening.