As a child, my best travel experiences were undoubtedly experienced on ships. we used to board at at Mombasa or Dar es Salaam and cross the Indian Ocean, passing the Seychelles, Mauritius and “Ceylon” too on the way to Madras. Then back again. Weeks of travelling either way – but what glorious fun!
Nowadays, when thinking of the oceans, our concerns are more about el nino, la nina and the global warming that melts ice caps, raising sea levels. Vague fears of sudden, devastating tsunamis lurk in the corners of our imagination.
But, if I had my druthers I would still prefer to sail in search of magical islands and pristine lagoons on the ever mysterious high seas.