04.12.2011 - 04.12.2011
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
The Republic of South Africa is comprised of nine provinces of which KwaZulu/Natal, where we were headed, is the nation's smallest. As we approached the resort city of Durban a group of us got up before sunrise to see an exciting sight.
As the sun rose higher, Durban's distinctive soccer stadium, built for the 2010 World Cup, stood out in the early morning light. But that's not what we were waiting for.
Every world port has rules procedures. A local pilot always comes aboard to guide the ship into harbor. Today the pilots were lowered to the ship by helicopter! It was a sight worth waiting for.
We took the ship's shuttle bus to where we could catch a city bus - looking back we got a good view of Crystal's moving window washing apparatus.
The Moses Mabhida Stadium (that's the one we saw on the skyline) has a really steep sky car that we took up to the viewing platform.
Later, after using the "People Mover" buses some more, we poked around in the Victoria Street Market.
We took the bus to the beach, part of Durban's "Golden Mile". We had no need to be pulled in one of the colorful rickshaws - a long walk along the beautiful beach front was just perfect.