Cairo we were escorted to our awaiting bus for the drive to Port
Said. Remembering the drive down everyone took the opportunity to
go to the bathroom before boarding the bus. Having spent a week
in Egypt where we were restricted to what we could and could not
eat, we all began to envision being back onboard the Atlas where
we could finally dig into some green salad and fresh fruits. It
was on everyone's mind having gone the entire week without.
in Port Said the bus pulled up near a government building and Zenab,
our tour guide, exited the bus and entered the building to do the
necessary paperwork before we would be free to board the ship. From
what we were told, graft is big business in Egypt and if you grease
the palms things go much smoother. Unfortunately, Zenab was either
not experienced in these matters or she didn't have the resources
to accommodate the wishes of the government officers. We were virtually
held captive on the bus for several hours before she finally returned
and we were fee to board the ship. Everyone was getting a bit testy
toward the end of our wait and wanted off the bus and on the boat.
Finally she returned and we headed over to where the ship was docked.
Within a few minutes we were again enjoying the luxury of the Epirotiki's
the ship had done a week earlier, it arrived at Port Said early
that morning. Some people, following the same itineraries as Anne
and I, left the ship for a week in Egypt. Others took a day excursion
into Cairo and would return later that evening. We almost had the
ship to ourselves. Once we boarded we retreated to the cabin to
freshen up and await our luggage. Then we headed directly to the
dining room. As we boarded they advised us that they were awaiting
us with a late lunch. We all sat at the same table and we all ordered
the same thing ... a gigantic green salad.
that evening, after all the day travelers had returned to the ship,
we would head to our next stop ... Israel. Continue to the next
page to see photographs of Israel.