A “sea day” – Mt Stromboli Volcano

A “sea day” is where the distance between 2 ports is too far to reach it over-night so the passengers pass the day playing cards, lazing by the pool etc or spending some time updating their travel blogs (like me) – cost is US$24.99 per day for Wi-Fi access!

The big highlight today was passing the island of Stromboli with it’s active volcano. Stromboli is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea (maplink), off the north coast of Sicily, containing one of the three active volcanoes in Italy. The island’s population is about 500. The volcano has erupted many times and is constantly active with minor eruptions, often visible from many points on the island and from the surrounding sea, giving rise to the island’s nickname “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”.

The last reported eruption was in August 2019 following another in the previous month. Now it’s smoking a lot with the occasional spurt of lava but upon checking my photos (below) I found the lava is still running down the side of the mountain into the water.

My brother in-law, Andrew< and I spent well over an hour waiting to capture “that shot” of the volcano spewing forth lava. Even one of the chefs was there (hope someone was cooking the food) and our drink waiter, Allen, was concerned that we were missing “happy hour”. Here are the results…

This is a ABC news video found on YouTube of the eruption in August 2019…

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