Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 22nd 2019

Mon 22 Apr 19 - Departing Brisbane Mon 22 Apr 19 - Arrive Dubai Tue 23 Apr 19 - Dubai Wed 24 Apr 19 - Boarding Explorer of the Seas 24 Apr - 3 May 19 - At Sea Fri 3 May 19 - Athens Sat 4 May - At Sea Sun 5 May 19 - Malta Mon 6 May 19 - At Sea Tue 7 May 19 - Barcelona Wed 8 May 19 - Valencia Thu 9 May 19 - Cartegena Fri 10 May 19 - Gibraltar Sat 11 May 19 - At Sea Sun 12 May 19 - Gijon Mon 13 May 19 - At Sea ... read more
Sarlat La Caneda

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai July 18th 2018

Tuesday 11 September 2018 On the eve of departure for the next rip to Dubai - with our friends Kathy and Graeme. Having sold the house, downsizing and moved into rental accommodation in a two week period, life has been a bit hectic and we are looking forward to the break. Fly at 10:50pm tomorrow night and arrive Dubai 7am on Thursday morning. Will see how I go with the blog this time around. Wednesday 12 September 2018 - Brisbane Megs drove us to the airport and had us there in plenty of time at 8pm for our 10:50pm departure. Met Graeme and Kathy as we were checking in. After a glass of celebratory wine, we boarded at 10:0pm taking up our seats neaer the rear of the B777 aircraft. We paid extra to get seats ... read more
The journey begins - Brisbane Airport
Arriving Dubai 1
Arriving Dubai 2

North America » United States » Virginia » McLean March 21st 2018

Wednesday 6 June 2018 – In the Air Up at 5 am for a 6:30 am pickup and drive to the airport. Quick breakfast, checkout, driver on time. We are using Suntransfers who we have used before – they are reliable and provide their service at a good rate for an airport transfer. Nice Mercedes sedan – comfortable and our driver had some great relaxing music on. The trip only took about 20 minutes at that hour of the day. Had to wait half an hour for the check in counters to open. No officious luggage witch this time counting every ounce in the check in baggage so straight through to security. All good and the long trek to Gate B67 at the ends of the earth in Barcelona airport – pity help the ... read more
Another photo from October 2016
The house is looking good - June 2018
Adrian & Vanessa's welcoming front door

Europe » Spain March 21st 2018

Sunday 13 May 18 – Departing Brisbane Up at 5am and away from the house by 7.15am. Barry the Uber man chatted al the way to the airport – we couldn't get a word in. $46.50 for the Uber XL fare. Very busy Sunday morning at the airport. Struck the usual problems talking to a computer at check in and eventually got the job done with human intervention. Next stop - Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) desk. What a shemozzle ! Just 2 operators for 50 + people in the queue – made slower by the language difficulties with Asian tourists. Finally served after half an hour waiting. Next stop – pick up some duty free perfume for Roz, leaving the grog pickup until return. Another delay while purchases were being made at the Collections desk. Talk ... read more
Longreach to the USA
Happy Mother's Day !
Our fair city Brisbane on the way out

Oceans and Seas March 6th 2018

Tuesday 6 March Boarded just in time in pouring rain at 2pm but once on board all was good. Have been on Pacific Dawn once before some years ago but it has undergone a refurbishment, for the better, and neither Roz nor I remembered much of it. Our cabin is 5187 - an ocean view cabin - which in fact is quite roomy. The location of the bed on the side of the room rather than under the window is much more functional than our previous trip. The shower bay is (relatively) huge compared to other ships we have been on. I can at lease swing a cat in there. Had the usual safety at sea presentation and tried on our life jackets at 3.30pm and then the ship was underway shortly after 4pm. The rain ... read more
Cabin 1
Cabin 2
Good big laundry on Deck 5

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon December 19th 2017

Tuesday 19 December 2017 - Brisbane One week to go !! Looking forward to getting on that QANTAS flight - albeit an early start with a 9:40am departure from Brisbane Tuesday - 26 December 2017 - Hong Kong The day has finally arrived ! Up at 4am and out to the airport by 7am for our 9.40 flight. Car booked into Andrews Airport parking for 8 days - $103. Departed a bit late from the gate at 10am and off the ground by 10.20am. but that did not seem to affect our flight time as we arrived on time at 4.35pm in Hong Kong. Good flight, good service, reasonable food offerings. Through Customs and Immigration in good time and found a maxi taxi that delivered us straight to the front door of the hotel in about ... read more
The fun has started
View from Room 1
View from Room 2

Oceans and Seas September 15th 2017

14 September 2017 - Brisbane One day to go - still testing TravelBlog to see how it works. Added a sunrise at sea photo to test that side as well. The weather has changed for the worse in Brisbane so hope that improves for our departure tomorrow. The forecast is for a chilly start of 9 degrees followed by a sunny day. Forecast in Noumea for Sunday 17 September is good, 20-26 degrees with more sun than clouds. 15 September 2017 - On Board Beautiful day to go cruising. Arrived at Portside at about 10.30am - you would have thought it was Bourke street. People must have been camping out overnight to be there first. Despite that, it was only about an hour from arrival to boarding - about average for most ships we have been ... read more
Glasshouse Mountains
Cabin 1

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