Pirate attacks are no longer the stuff of movies. In the Gulf of Aden acts of piracy have been increasing. After the recent attempted attack of a passenger cruise ship, the Institute for Shipboard Education decided to adjust our itinerary slightly. Instead of going from Spain to Italy, Turkey, and Egypt, the MV Explorer is now going from Spain to Morocco and then following the coast of Africa down to Namibia and South Africa. After spending time in South Africa we will sail to Mauritius and then return to our previously scheduled destination of India.
My reaction to all this? Well, I am stoked beyond belief that I get to cross the equator! I am equally excited to visit more African countries. Sadly I will not have a chance to ride a camel in front of the pyramids. Or fight off Pyrovile with a water pistol (inside joke). Overall I think I will enjoy the new ports and I am extremely glad that I took History of Pre-Colonial Africa this past semester!