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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town February 6th 2016

Geo: -33.979, 18.5102We arrived in Cape Town early in the morning of Feb 4th. By 7am we were docked at our berth at the Cruise Terminal. We had arranged to meet Barbara and Roger Smith, members of La Chaines whom we had met at the Young Sommeliers'' Competition in Adelaide last September. We rang them about 8-30 and confirmed our meeting spot. This was to be at the main entrance of the Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront which was in walking distance from the dock. It was a beautiful day, sunny skies and temperatures in the high 20s. We left the ship about 9am after breakfast and took our time walking through the waterfront area. We had been here in 1998 but much had changed. We did recognise the Clock Tower and the Swing ... read more
Crossing the Swing Bridge
Vava 1, Just a humble li
Vava 1, a humble little boat!!

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town February 6th 2016

Geo: -33.979, 18.5102We spent three days at sea after leaving the Seychelles. We sailed south, passing between Madagascar and the African coast. On the first day we had to take part in a Piracy drill as we were skirting the area where there had been boardings of ships. The drill required us to stay in our cabins while the crew did a series of manoeuvres designed to outrun any attack. All went well and I'm sure will remain just a precaution. The weather continued warm and clear with slight seas though we were travelling against the prevailing current. Life on board continued with quizzes, the Pop choir rehearsals and food, food and more food. I started walking laps around the deck to try and counter the effects of all this good living. We were able to ... read more
An overloaded ferry
Looking up to Independence Square from our balcony
War Memorial

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Maputo January 31st 2016

Geo: -25.9664, 32.5713We sailed into Port Victoria in the Seychelles about 7am on January 27th. This is more like the tropical islands we know. The green hills rose in the centre while around the shores we glimpsed white sand. Port Victoria is the capital and is on the island of Mahe. Rain was forecast and it was very humid. We disembarked the ship about 8-45am and walked into the town. This took about 20 minutes. We stopped along the way to take a picture of a large model of a tortoise outside the Library. Giant tortoises are native to these islands. We also stopped at a square where three white crescents represent the three main peoples of the islands, African, Asian and European. We planned to hire a car so found a Hertz shop in the ... read more
Wind farm island off Mahe
Anchor at the Port
My friend the giant tortoise

Africa » Seychelles January 27th 2016

Geo: -4.68182, 55.4837Early on the 23rd January we approached the port of Male in the Maldives. It was about 6-30am and the sun was just rising. In the eerie morning stillness an interesting sight was to be seen. Ten storey buildings rising up from the sea. Male is the capital of the Maldives but it is the island which does not appear in tourist brochures. All the main infrastructure and government buildings are situated on this one island and most of the population live here. The resort islands are more remote and are probably the stunning places shown in the advertising. However, Male is far from that. As we sailed towards this place we passed another island on which the airport is situated, in fact the whole island is the airport. It was a busy airport ... read more
Sunrise ovthe airport island
At the tender port
Water fountain

Asia » Maldives » Kaafu Atoll January 23rd 2016

Geo: 4.1742, 73.5109We arrived in port very early. When we looked out from our balcony we were surrounded by cranes and container ships. This was not a cruise ship terminal but a working commercial port. We were told that due to taxi regulations no shuttle buses would run until 11am and it was a 20 minute walk to the gate. We had breakfast and then left the ship about 8-30am. There were some stalls set up on the dock and we stopped and each bought a shirt and a little Sri Lankan elephant to add to our collection. There were also some taxi drivers offering tours but when we enquired the charge was $40 for an hour. We then started walking. After about five minute we came across another group of taxis. A couple had negotiated ... read more
By the huge cranes
Sacred cow at the Hindu temple
Outside the Hindu temple

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo January 21st 2016

Geo: 6.92747, 79.8484We had two days at sea between Phuket and Chennai. We continued to go to the quizzes and one time we managed a win. It was on a tie-breaker where we were asked to guess the age of our hostess. She is a tiny, French-Canadian called Karoline. I guessed 25, one other guessed 21 and a third 29. She was actually 27 so gave prizes to both myself and the third group. I like the way they always tell us we are competing for fabulously average prizes!! We won a key-ring with a light built in but at least here they give one each.Fletcher also entered the paper plane competition. The object of this was to make two paper planes and then try to fly them through a hoop held above one of the ... read more
Fletcher launching the plane that missed by centim
Waterfront at Chennai
More from the Chennai waterfront

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu January 19th 2016

Geo: 13.0615, 80.2478We had one day at sea between Singapore and our next port of call, Phuket. Our normal routine was followed. We went to the quizzes and though we got close we were still one or two off the pace. We sailed through the Straits of Malacca where there were rows of ships all traversing the waters. It was great watching the traffic from our balcony and we were amazed at the number of ships going in the same direction as ourselves. This ship has been sailing at a much faster pace than the Astor. It is also amazing to observe the varying colours of the sea. We arrived at Phuket Port about 6-30am on Saturday, 16th January. We watched from our balcony as the ship backed into the quay. There were several resort hotels ... read more
In the market
In Phuket Town
Sam Tang Shrine

Asia » Thailand January 16th 2016

Geo: 7.89072, 98.3988After five days at sea we reached Singapore about 8-30am on Thursday 14th, January. We had watched our approach from both our balcony and Deck 14 and were surprised by the number of ships lining up outside the harbour. The Terminal was at Marina Bay right opposite the distinctive Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the three towers, supporting a boatlike structure across the top, now a modern symbol of Singapore.We were able to disembark about 9-30 and made our way through Immigration and into the Arrivals Hall. We had arranged to meet our friend, Troy Engle, an American coach who had been at West Point but who now heads the High Performance Sports Program of Singapore. We soon found each other and it was great to catch up since it had been two years, at ... read more
Marina Bay Terminal
In Gardens by the Bay
Cactus garden and sculpture

Asia » Singapore January 14th 2016

Geo: 1.28941, 103.85We have set sail on the Sun Princess and quickly routines have been established.We are on Deck 10, Baja Deck and in cabin B723 towards the aft of the ship. We have our own balcony which gives a sense of space and a large screen TV on which we have been able to watch the Big Bash. There is a lot of other entertainment etc on board. We have enjoyed the Wheelhouse Bar where there is a band playing 60s and 70s music and the 2 Cool Duo, both very good. There is a Happy Hour between 9-30pm-10-30pm when a second drink is only $1 when you buy the first. We went up on the top deck on the first day for the Sail Away and only returned for a written quiz yesterday. Not ... read more
View from our cabin balcony
Canapes at the wine tasting
Dining room

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fremantle January 8th 2016

Geo: -32.0531, 115.746We left Adelaide yesterday and flew to Perth. Fortunately we were able to use our points to upgrade to Business so were in 1A and 1C. Had a very nice lunch on board with good wines and attentive service. Going back 2 and a half hours meant that we arrived before we left! We got a taxi from the airport to Freo. We had looked at other options but costs were similar and the convenience of not having to haul luggage on and off trains made this the better option. The Esplanade Hotel is an older style place recently bought and done up by Rydges. It is conveniently located and comfortable though the air conditioning in our room was not very efficient. After checking in we went for a walk, even though the temperature ... read more
Fremantle Town Hall
Esplanade Hotel

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