Saturday 27th April 2019
Day 2 Day at sea
Up at about 8am, then we went to breakfast in the restaurant, then a lazy day followed where we went to a talk about visiting Reunion, then lunch and reading. In the afternoon, we had a very nice cocktail on the deck and then we went to a lecture about pre-industrial times. In the evening we saw a really good show with three tenors, then dinner with our table companions then bed around 11:30pm.
Sunday 28th April 2019
Day 3 Day at sea
Up at about 8am, then we went to breakfast in the restaurant, then a lazy day followed where we went to a talk about visiting Mauritius, then reading out on the deck and lunch. In the afternoon, we went to another lecture about the impact of the development of metals on ship building. In the evening we watched an interesting show called King Arthur - although we couldn’t really see a connection with King Arthur. The show included a cast of dancers and singers dressed in Middle Ages outfits but also some excellent gymnastic performers. After dinner with our table companions we went to bed around 11:30pm.
Monday 29th April 2019
Day 4 Day at sea
Up at about 8am and we went to breakfast in the restaurant, then a lazy day followed where we read inside in one of the lounges followed by lunch. In the afternoon we went to another lecture on the history of ship building. In the evening we saw an opera themed show with a soprano, tenor and baritone, beautiful voices, followed by a chat with some friends then dinner with our table companions then bed around 11:30pm.
Tuesday 30th April 2019
Day 5 Reunion Island
Up at 6:15am today for an early breakfast in the restaurant. Today we had booked on a ship’s excursion to the Piton de la Fournaise (the caldera of the large shield volcano on Reunion). It was pretty disorganised getting off the ship, with everyone being asked to leave for the coaches at the same time. So we were running late by the time we got going and there was quite a bit of traffic on the way. It was about a two hour drive to the volcano, climbing all the way up to 2,350 metres. On the way, there was beautiful green countryside and a few photo stops. The final destination was very spectacular with the sides of the caldera looking as though they were quite dangerous, with a very wide lava field many hundreds of metres across towards the upswept slopes of the very impressive shield volcano. There hasn’t been a lava flow since 2007, although the volcano is very active, having erupted at least 10 times in the past 4 years. After visiting all the view points and taking many photos, we went to lunch, which was very tasty. Lunch included a choko au gratin dish followed by fish curry or roast chicken and rice, then a delicious coconut frozen dessert. Also served was a coconut cocktail, wine, and coffee. After lunch we drove all the way back to the port, arriving a bit after 4pm. Back to the room for a short break, then to the theatre for a show, dinner then bed at about 11:45pm. Today was perfect weather with unusually clear views, just a bit foggy on the higher slopes of the volcano, about 26C near the sea and about 15C higher up the mountain.