Since I started cruising I have visited some amazing countries and had the chance to explore some famous historical places. I have tasted the most delicious Haloumi in Cyprus and eaten Cheetos in Israel, sunbathed in Spain and shopped in Gibraltar. What I am trying to say is that I have done many different things in many different countries, but don’t you often find on a cruise you sometimes come across things you really didn’t expect to see?.
I would be here all day if I sat and spoke to you about all the “weird and wonderful” encounters I have had whilst cruising, so I shall try and stick to an average sized blog post about just a few of them.
One thing that really sticks in my mind was on my cruise in 2010. It was a beautiful day at sea; the sun was so hot you could barely breathe at first when you stepped out onto the open decks. I found myself a sun bed on Deck 17 and that was me for the day. Mid afternoon (yes I was still in the same place) I went for a walk around the ship to stretch my legs then headed back to my sun bed. As I was surveying my kingdom (just kidding) I noticed something in the water on our port side. I couldn’t tell at first what it was but it was big! I watched it for a good 10 minutes before eventually it surfaced. Yup! It was a submarine. It was brilliant to watch! I know some of you are probably thinking wow, a submarine, how fun, and yes I am saying that with sarcastic tones. But for me it was brilliant. I ran down 3 decks to drag my sister out of the pool so she could see it too. It sailed alongside us for about 15 minutes then away back down she went. It really seemed like she had just “popped up to say hello” and I am glad she did.
Another interesting thing I have witnessed at sea was a water spout. Now this was great fun to watch but at the same time it did leave a small knot in the pit of your stomach, I mean, at the end of the day we are on a ship in the middle of the ocean and technically a water spout is a tornado, it’s just water wrapped. Anyhow it too was very intriguing to watch. It was maybe 2 miles away from us but none the less it was clearly visible and very impressive.
They are definitely the more unusual of things, I know a submarine is found in water (obviously) but I hadn’t expected to see one so close and above the water.