Day 1: Saturday
Day one on the Saga Andorinha, and what a day it was. First off, I probably had the best sleep of my life. I enjoyed the slow rolling of the ship while at sea. I woke up to my alarm at 0600 hrs anticipating that I would have a long day of hard work. I was wrong! I took the lift up to the bridge only to find the morning watchman. Today was a gentle introduction day with a briefing on safety and I was given the Mariner’s handbook to read.
Later in the day, I had the opportunity to go down with Captain Samyal into one of the cargo holds which was being painted. I didn’t expect the cargo holds to be so enormous and it surprised me that this was only one out of the 10 holds.
I quickly realized that there was only one cuisine on the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner—Indian. I had skipped breakfast as I was still recovering from the previous night’s dinner. Having lived in Singapore for 10 years, I was used to Indian food (which normally I like, but not every day for all meals of the day!). I think the cook realized I was in need of something different and he very kindly offered me carrot cake, which looked somewhat different and resembled more the shape and color of an orange bar of soap.
Anyway, I planned to wake up early the next day to take pictures as we were to sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.