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Final Sea Day Outbound

Saturday, 19 October 2013


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The sea is calm and the breeze light but there is a bit of a chill in the air as I found my way to Deck 15 to await the sunrise. The colour of the sunrise continued to develop over the 45 minutes I spent up there. Captured my final image at 0700 and joined Jenny for breakfast in the Horizon Court. After breakfast I managed four circuits of the Promenade Deck then returned to the cabin to clean up and change clothes.

First job today was to place a liquor order, we've decided to buy the maximum we're allowed Duty Free as we only have to handle it once onto our coach home. Jenny stayed chatting while I went off to the Future Cruises lecture on Alaska by the bubbly Angela who explained the many options. After lunch Jenny and I visited her to work out the details of a possible 2015 Alaska Cruise and Land package connecting with a Panama Canal cruise to Fort Lauderdale. The schedules for late 2015 are not yet available but we used the 2014 cruises to get an idea.

Formal night tonight and also the Captain's Champagne Waterfall. We gave it a miss and headed for the Vista Lounge for another dose of Toni Stevens. An enjoyable hour with many memorable old tunes and similarly aged jokes. She's a big girl but carries it off well.

Auckland tomorrow and the forecast is favourable.

More in a day or two.
My photos are posted each day to http://365project.org/tonydebont/365
Cheers ... Tony

Posted by greynomadm 01:23 Archived in New Zealand Comments (1)

Second Sea Day Heading East

Friday, 18 October 2013

The swell has abated overnight but there is still a strong wind closing off many of the external decks. I managed some sunrise images but they are short of spectacular. With the late sunrise it was after 0700 by the time we made it to breakfast. I'm trying to keep my intake limited but it is still tempting to pick up interesting dishes that I don't really need.

After breakfast we took our Kindles to the Deck 7 Atrium Lounge and observed the confused wanderers trying to find out how to get down to Deck 6. Jenny checked out the BIG SALE and returned without spending anything. Just after 1000 I joined the crowd to watch the very talented chefs create amazing characters from a collection of fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately the venue for this demonstration was totally inadequate and it was difficult to get good images of the final products.

Jenny went off to her Craft session and I had a quick lunch and then sat in the Theatre to reserve a seat for us to see the R rated movie "The Heat" staring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Very funny show !!

Up to the Horizon Court for a cup of coffee and a some fruit. Then back to the cabin for that much needed R&R, more resting than reading. Just a small self-promoting note - we haven't used the lifts so far this cruise !!

Off to dinner in the Regency Dinning Room and the same eight assembled for dinner. There is speculation regarding two that have not made an appearance. My suggestion that it was a Honeymoon Couple that hadn't surfaced yet was generally considered to be unlikely. There were a lot more people there as the ship's movement has toned down a lot from 24 hours ago.

There's nothing on the 'show' schedule that appeals and I think I'm likely to fall asleep soon anyway. Didn't sleep all that well last night. Clocks go forward another hour tonight to bring us into line with New Zealand Daylight Savings Time.

More in a day or two.
My photos are posted each day to http://365project.org/tonydebont/365
Cheers ... Tony

Posted by greynomadm 01:33 Archived in New Zealand Comments (1)

Crossing the Tasman

Thursday, 17 October 2013

The Tasman Sea is living up to its reputation with blustery winds and a significant swell, many grey looking faces and many more not making it out of their cabins. Jenny and I are holding up pretty well. The spray thrown up by the ship combined with the wind creates a constant wet drizzle anywhere on the open decks.

The Sun Princess spent the last Northern Summer cruising in Japan and now sports a 'Sushi Bar' and we were treated to a demonstration of the art of Sushi making. Jenny went along to the most essential talk ever - "How to make the most of your shopping time !!". Honestly, I don't think there's too much she doesn't know about that topic. I bought three pairs of 'Future Cruses' certificates. If all goes to plan, we will cash them in at the end of the 2015 Northern Summer.

Jenny was pleasantly surprised to find that there's a Craft Session today so she's off to find out what it is about. A light lunch in the Horizon Court where the ship's motion was causing people to be quite ill, caused at least one person to fall and brought sounds of broken glass from behind the servery. We came back to the cabin where I decided to adopt a horizontal position with intentions to read the Kindle, didn't last long.

Dinner in the Regency dining room is at 1745 and we're on a table for 10 !! There were two people missing possibly due to the weather. Jenny was presented with a birthday cake that had been held over due to yesterday's dining room closure.

After dinner we went to the Vista Lounge where we were amazed and confounded by the tricks, magic and illusions of Ace McDermott. There wasn't a big crowd but we were well entertained. Clocks are set forward an hour tonight and tomorrow's sunrise is predicted for 0632 and the weather will hopefully improve overnight.

More in a day or two.

My photos are posted each day to http://365project.org/tonydebont/365
Cheers ... Tony

Posted by greynomadm 03:23 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Boarding the Sun Princess

Wednesday, 16 October 2013


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The big day has arrived and we're all ready and rearing to go at 0550. The Marshall's coach was only a little late and we were his second pickup. From our place we spent the best part of two hours in and out of the many suburbs of Batemans Bay. That was an adventure in itself showing us places we would not otherwise ever visit. By just after 0900 we were on our way North, stopping to pick up the last two passengers at Burrill Lake. With a brief stop at McDonalds in Albion Park for a toilet stop we made it to the White Bay Terminal by just after 1330 and we were aboard within an hour.

The cabin, our first ever 'Interior' is somewhat smaller than we've been used to but it looks adequate. We'll see how it fits our needs as we progress. There are some glitches and our dining room is not available -"due to technical issues" so we were asked to use the Horizon Court. A beer, soft drink or glass of wine were a token compensation. The other big change is that we don't sail until 0200 tomorrow. No pictures of us going under the bridge this time. The result of the late departure is that our call at the Bay of Islands has been cancelled and we will sail directly to Auckland instead.

Went down to the Theatre and watched the young singers and dancers cavort on stage for a short set. This was followed by an introduction to the Cruise Director's Entertainment staff, all sounded very enthusiastic and determined to make us enjoy ourself. This was rounded off by a short appearance by Ms Toni Stevens a very funny lady who could also sing a bit. All in all not a bad start.

No WiFi in the cabin so will try to post this from one of the lounges.

More in a day or two.
My photos are posted each day to http://365project.org/tonydebont/365
Cheers ... Tony

Posted by greynomadm 04:05 Archived in Australia Comments (1)

Preparations & Wash-up

Sunday, 13 October 2013

We've had a busy time of it since we returned from the last cruise. Spent a lot of time washing laundry and responding to mail and emails. Additionally we had to travel to Canberra where we spent time with old mate Bert and also the family in Queanbeyan

I bought a replacement camera and we were signed up at Costco. Back home today and we've just completed the massive claim form for our Travel Insurance. We are looking at a refund of Medical Expenses and some compensation for the broken camera.

On Wednesday we will be picked up at about 0600 for our transfer from home to the dock, an experience we are quite looking forward to. There will be about 40 people in the group.

More in a day or two.

My photos are posted each day to http://365project.org/tonydebont/365
Cheers ... Tony

Posted by greynomadm 19:34 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

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