2018 HAL World Cruise
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Since leaving Cape Town, South Africa, the Cruise Line has been warning all passengers about the safety and security concerns of the upcoming ports-of-call. Apparently criminal confrontations and armed attacks occur on a pretty regular basis. We are receiving written instructions on how to stay safe; we get lectures on where not to go; we are encouraged to travel in groups; we are told how to behave, what to wear, and what to look out for! But the incongruity is when we actually disembark in a port—it looks as safe as any other port we’ve ever been to! Walvis Bay, Namibia is a case in point.
We arrived in Walvis Bay on an overcast morning. The cruise line provided a shuttle from the port to both the brand-new Dunes Mall and the Walvis Bay Lagoon. We usually disembark around 10:00-10:30am, so we decided to visit the Mall first. We shopped for souvenirs (there were none—this is a typical mall meant to serve the local residents’ needs. The most popular stores were the supermarket and pharmacy!) So, after enjoying coffee at the Mug & Bean Café, we hopped on the shuttle and went out to the Lagoon. The homes we passed along the way were lovely. We actually joked that everything was so neat and tidy this must be a community of expats from Germany! And that turns out to be true! This is a very attractive area for German travelers who love the warmth of the sun and the refreshing blue sea!
We had a great time in Walvis Bay. Now we’re on our way to Luanda, Angola!