Back in February I made some noise about going to Egypt for the total solar eclispe next Spring. Well, we didn’t get our deposit in early enough, and landed on a wait list. Turned out to be a good thing, though, because both Andrew and I have been watching the situation in Egypt, and have been a bit nervous about travelling over there. It’s true that things could get better after the elections, but things could also get worse.
In the meantime, though, my boss pointed out a Mediterranean Eclipse Cruise that will be viewing the eclipse at sea next Spring – we jumped on this opportunity, and have already booked the cruise and airfare. The cruise will make a one-day port call in Cairo, so we will still have the chance to see a little bit of Egypt, and if the situation is bad there, we have the option of staying close to the cruise ship (or on the cruise ship if we’re feeling really uneasy).
I’m really looking forward to this trip. The cruise itinerary will bring us to Rome, Cairo, Cyprus, and Naples. And, of course, we’ll get to see the total solar eclipse.
The only thing I’m worried about is sea-sickness. I know that the general wisdom is that cruise ships are too large for people to feel the water movements, but I’ve talked with a couple other very sensitive people who have gotten seasick on cruises. The good news is that this cruise is in the Mediterranean, which is generally very calm. I’m going to consult my doctor, too, to try and procure some other motion-sickness remedies before we go.