Alpert-Shroyer 2010 Bonus World Cruise travel blog

Sunrise @ 06:46 on the way to Praslin, Seychelles (solar outline gives...

Praslin's residential homes near port terminal-Praslin is occupied by 6000 mostly Creole...

Handy launch way (by rail) for this home on the water near...

Deserted beach area near the shuttle drop off point at Cote d'or...

Sample of the coral rock outcropping & home being built on the...

Private island about 500 yds away from the beach area-depth of water...

Huts at Cote d'or beach resort area-many more resorts are found all...

Beach surf anchors wait for sailors & sunsets while the horizon taunts...

One of the beach residents with a creole seafood restaurant

Water taxi sporting the Seychelles colors waiting for his ride in the...

Bright specimen of the fish feeding next to the terminal dock

Catamaran sailing out to sea, past one of the numerous rock shoals...

Shuttle transport between port terminal & resort with another resort in the...

Large weathered coral rock perched over the bay at the beach resort...

Roots of a drift wood tree stump left exposed ashore & still...

Scalloped beaches & bays add to the "picture postcard" romance of low...

Large Red Snapper caught by local sport fishermen as they wade in...

"Catch of the day"-all caught in the early afternoon within one hour...

"Ship shape" & "in the eye of the beholder" can interpret this...

Young coconut trimmed & pierced for a guest, while the flowers await...

Sign makes you wonder: exactly what is sold in this grocery store...

Sunset sail into shelter of Bai St. Anne harbor-While puffy clouds &...

As we sail away into the sunset, we see not all clouds...


A short few hours(sail away @ 04:00 & anchored @ 07:00) over to the Island of Praslin (pronounced: prah-lin) is just a "day trip" for our World Cruise but another view of the islands of the Seychelles. Ellie & I have planned a day at a beach in the remote island paradise (a different kind of paradise than the Polynesian or Indonesian islands that we are familiar with). Ellie is still not feeling up to par but is doing somewhat better & taking antibiotics to help her combat whatever she feels is making her ill and we hope she will feel better soon. We prepared all the "stuff" we take for a beach trip the night before, since we have an early morning "beach transfer" (we found out later that meant we were the 1st shuttle buses to the beach: Cote d'or beach resort area-so we would have 1st opportunity to rent beach chairs for 2 Euros or $3.00!).

The door bell ringing for room service further heightened the activity to get ready to get to the "front of the line" (or close to it) for mobility challenged persons. I went to get our transfer tickets, while Ellie finished getting herself ready & bring the few items she would have to bring (I carried the "heavy" bags). As we were getting ready to board the 1st tender to go ashore, Ellie became overcome by the heat & exhaustion of all the "efforting" to get to this point and decided not to risk the chance of having a medical problem while ashore in a foreign country. We went back to the room & quickly put away the bags while she made me go & promise to come back by lunch. I did & found out the beach was where the shuttle buses dropped off all the guests that wanted to go ashore.

The beach was far from the idyllic desolate, remote beach but a nice beach with low hanging, sweeping coconut trees & palms. The snorkeling was not the usual coral reef experience but there were fish & coral. I swam out to the private island residence (about 500+ yds away from the beach front) and saw jack fish, eels, soft corals, a few hard corals and lots of sea grass in the flat shoal beds (only 6-7 ft-deepest-in depth) that stretched all the way to the private island. Shade on the beach was not plentiful & got taken by the time more shuttle buses deposited eager tourist to the beach. I stayed only about 3 hrs & came back to check on Ellie & have lunch.

It was good that Ellie stayed in because she was not feeling well enough to go out in the Equatorial heat, not to mention the transferring from ship to tender to bus to beach & then back. Even the most experienced elderly World Travelers had trouble with the heat & a few just stayed on the bus & went back immediately to the ship. After lunch, Ellie made me go back to get pictures so she could see some of the beach area & the surrounding "town" that was there (in this case it being Saturday, only a few stores were open for tourists in the non existent "town"-it is an area where there is stores on the main 2 lane road & resorts at the beach area). I got back after a couple of hours of wading in the hot beach water & staying in the shade. I did get a few pictures of some local sport fishermen that caught a good size Red Snapper, King mackerel, Dorado & other fish.

Ellie was glad to see me back soon & we had dinner early & got in bed early as well for a good night sleep. I do hope she will be getting back to feeling well enough to explore again and hope the heat & humidity will ease up a little as we go further away from the Equator & closer to the cape of South Africa.

As we were lifting anchor & sailing away to our next destination, we were told our itinerary has been changed due to the unusual "pirate" activity in (or around) the Seychelles that is many more miles than usually experienced in the Indian Ocean OR east of Somalia OR in the Seychelles Islands at all(& the world). We are now changing our navigation to go 1st to Port Louis, Mauritius and then to Port Reunion, Reunion Island. Know where that is? Neither did we (nor many other people on board). The Mauritius Islands are about 500 miles east of Madagascar (the large island east of the continent of Africa-check your geography maps for how far east the Mauritius Islands are). Reunion Island is located a little closer to Madagascar and only a few hundred miles from the Mauritius Islands. Ever hear of the Dodo bird? IF you find one, it probably came from Mauritius Islands and IF you do find one, take a picture or collect your reward because is has been extinct since the late 1600's & its only habitat was Mauritius Islands. We will be at sea for 2 days & maybe give Ellie some time to rest & get back to feeling better.

Happy Passover & Easter.

"Our World, Our Way, Not Regrets!"



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