Monday, 17 March 2014
17.03.2014 - 17.03.2014
An early start this morning as we loaded the carry-on luggage into the car. We appear to be travelling light this trip, even the bigger cases weighed in well under 20 Kg each. Up the Kings Highway to Queanbeyan in just over two hours and Natalie had the jug boiled for a coffee. Had a quick conversation with the family before she drove us into Canberra to catch the 09:00 Murray's Coach to Sydney. Arrived at Central Station just after 12:30 and after a quick trip in a taxi we were at the ship's side just after 13:00.
Check-in was quick and efficient. We've been given a cabin upgrade, still an inside stateroom but somewhat larger and more to midship rather than the forward location we'd expected. We've gone from #7002 to #7052. The cabin is relatively spacious and nicely appointed with the luxury of a couch and an abundance of hanging space.
The ship itself has the air of a boutique guesthouse. Accommodations start on Deck 3 and Deck 10 is as high as we need to go, the main dining room is on Deck 5 and the Bistro is on Deck 9. The main 'theatre' is also on Deck 5 so we don't have a lot of stairs to climb.
Our cabin stewardess is Emma and she's from Mexico, great personality and she's already discovered that it is fine to side with Jenny and pick on Tony. The dinner menu was surprisingly varied given the size of the ship and despite the understandable first-night confusion (passengers) the service was relaxed and prompt. So far we've encountered at least three couples who were also on our 2011 Cherry Blossom cruise to China and Japan.
After dinner we watched a crazy Irish movie, it was St Patrick's Day after all, by the name of "Waking Ned Devine". Quite apart from a most unlikely plot, the film could have done with Sub-Titles as much of the dialogue was lost in the thick Irish brogue.
It looks like my battle with the Internet connection continues so I'll have to upload by way of the USB thumb-drive.
I'll upload this tomorrow and as I'm almost falling asleep at the desk.
A sea day tomorrow as we sail North along the Australian East Coast, destination Brisbane the day after tomorrow.
This link should take you to today's images on my 365 Project http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-03-17
Cheers .. Tony