Lockdown Britain: Tilbury to Unst, 14th-17th April 2020

Government social-distancing restrictions meant that only 30 people at a time were allowed to disembark from Columbus. Our group was called just after one o’clock, about five hours after we docked. We were each handed a pair of rubber gloves and a facemask before we had our cruise card swiped for the final time. Dutifully, … Continue reading Lockdown Britain: Tilbury to Unst, 14th-17th April 2020

Around the World in 99 Days (or is it 100?): at sea, 10th-14th April 2020

And so, after crossing the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and travelling the lengths of the Red and Mediterranean Seas, we returned to the Atlantic Ocean and near the culmination of our journey. Our final leg saw us travelling over the Easter weekend, while watching the rolling news channels telling everyone to stay home for Easter. … Continue reading Around the World in 99 Days (or is it 100?): at sea, 10th-14th April 2020

Migrants in the Eastern Med: at sea, 4th-6th April 2020

A steely-grey sea and equally grey skies greeted us on the morning of Saturday 4th April. A few hours staring at white horses on the sea produced nothing of interest and it was with little enthusiasm that I went out for another look in the afternoon, with the weather having deteriorated further as a grey … Continue reading Migrants in the Eastern Med: at sea, 4th-6th April 2020

Dodging Pirates and Crossing the Red Sea: at sea, 29th March to 2nd April 2020

The Gulf of Aden always promised to be one of the more surreal, incongruous and, frankly, slightly uncomfortable parts of our journey. A first-world ship full of rich and privileged Westerners, which is what we are no matter how some people may view themselves, sailing between two ‘failed states’: Yemen, in its sixth year of … Continue reading Dodging Pirates and Crossing the Red Sea: at sea, 29th March to 2nd April 2020