CRUISING THE EAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA


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Published: March 8th 2018
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It really was this dramatically beautiful.
This leisurely meander up the east coast of Australia combines five ports and five sea days and provides a good study of OZ. About 90% of towns and people are located around the coastal edges. The rest is a huge expanse of the Never-Never---as the Aborigines call the outback. This barren wasteland is but a cover for the vast mineral treasure chest which lies beneath its surface. These resources provide the fuel which feeds the economic engine of Australia. Author Bill Bryson noted that Australia is the only island that is a continent and the only continent that is a country, and what a unique country it is.

Brisbane is a city filled with towering building cranes heralding a growth boom along the Gold Coast. Spending a day in the quiet Whitsundays near the Great Barrier Reef is a welcome respite from the urban scene of the big cities. We find that visiting the smaller outposts like Hamilton Island, Townsville, Cairns and Darwin is like stepping back in time. With the hot weather, the pace is slower, the folks are friendlier, and the towns are more manageable. Each of these towns have built shore side pools, recreation facilities, water parks
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Beautiful beaches and unspoiled green spaces.
and gardens that are open to the public. Many provide free shuttle buses and welcome committee volunteers who can answer any questions and give any directions. Because of the stingers, aka jellyfish, in order to go into the ocean it is necessary to wear a stinger suit for protection. For that reason we took advantage of the free salt water pools and in the process met lots of residents who expressed great interest and curiosity about us and our travels.

With the five sea days we had plenty of time to settle into our beautiful cabin and meet up with many friends and past cruising mates. Rose Anne and Jerry are the bridge instructors whom we have had the good fortune of cruising with many times. Bernadette is the talented arts and crafts leader. Hotel manager Norman and Cruise Director Fernando lead the staff in running a smooth operation on board. Mark Conroy, now the head of Silversea in the USA, has been making many upgrades to the Silversea product and it shows.

The first lecture we attended was given by Thomas Keneally, whose book “Schindler’s Ark” was made into the Steven Spielberg movie "Schindler’s List." This prolific
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The man who wrote Oskar Schindler's heroic story that would become the movie "Schindler's List" was our delightful speaker and dinner guest along with his wife Judy.
writer is also a master storyteller. We spoke to Tom and his wife Judy after his lecture and ended up having many interesting get togethers throughout the cruise. A native Sydneysider, Mr Keneally has a wide range of interests and just the smallest tidbit of news or historical trivia has led to many of his book subjects. “Crimes of the Father” deals with the present problems that face the Catholic Church. “Commonwealth of Thieves” examines the settlement of Australia and the conflicts that ensued between the Aboriginals and the immigrants. As a sidelight, Tom and his daughter are now writing mysteries. Judy and Tom were a delight and we hope to see them again on our trips to the land Down Under.


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FREE POOL AT HAMILTON ISLANDFREE POOL AT HAMILTON ISLAND
FREE POOL AT HAMILTON ISLAND

This beautifully landscaped pool is open to the public.
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FERNANDO FROM CASCAIS PORTUGAL

The man, the myth, the legend.
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BERNADETTE THE ARTIST

Our Arts & Crafts instructor
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SYDNEYSIDERS FORMAL DINNER

Tom Keneally brought the table to life sharing stories with us and Sam and Crystal from Sydney.
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SANDY BEACH

There are many beautiful beaches in Australia.
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MIKE AND LINDA

Manhattan Beach fun couple we first met on Seabourn Sun world cruise in 2001. They are PPPs--- "Professional Party People."
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BEWARE!

Aussies take these warnings seriously. They know!
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YOURS TRULY

"It's not just a job, it's an adventure."
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SILVER WHISPER

At anchor in the Whitsunday Islands, Australia.
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COY COQUETTES

Suzanne and Susan playing peek-a-boo.
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ROSE ANNE AND JERRY

Bridge instructors on the Whisper and friends we have cruised the seven seas with over the years.
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PUBLIC SALT WATER POOL IN TOWNSVILLE

Hopefully all of the stingers are filtered out of the pool.
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CRUISE SALE CONSULTANT ON THE SILVER WHISPER

Slavko is from the beautiful country of Montenegro---one of our favorite cruise destinations.
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DUGONG STATUE

Those MANATEES get around!
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MICHELLE

Delightful maitre'd at the "Hot Rocks Grill" hails from Germany.
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JUDY AND YAO

These two celebrated their birthdays on the same day February 28.
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BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR JUDY KENEALLY

The piece-de-resistance for our celebration dinner.
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DARWIN SHOWERS

Kevin got caught in a big time Oz wet.
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ABORIGINAL ART

On display in Darwin
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PILOT DISEMBARKING

The Australian pilots have sturdy boats. Other times they come by helicopter.


8th March 2018

names from the past
I'm so envious of you two:-) Your mention of Mark Conroy was very interesting as I had no idea what had become of him and have wondered. Also Dag. Do you know what line he is with now? And Rose Ann and Jerry---a wonderful couple, and fun bridge instructors! And the picture of the sunset was magnificent:-) I've been doing most of my cruising lately w/ Larry Cohen as a bridge instructor. Just did the Harmony of the Seas, (Royal Carribean) in the carribean w/ him. A fun experience, but think I'll stick w/ Crystal and Regent:-) Hate to be nickle and dimed every time you turn around:-) Enjoy your travels and love getting your travel blogs!!
9th March 2018

Ahoy Margery!
Good to hear from you! Dag is skipper of the HA Prinsendam. She was Seabourn Sun and way back the Royal Viking Sun. He is home in Norway processing a kidney transplant to his wife Kristin. Do you ever play bridge with Ann Apthorp? She loves Larry's style. From Perth, Aus. Say hey if you do. We'll give a shout to Jerry and Rosie. We bought a house in SW Florida and are now bicoastal. Love from us, Kevin🙏🏻Susan
8th March 2018

Photo of Sunset
Hey Susan & Kevin! You could make a lot of money with that photo! It is unusually spectacular! Thank you for the wonderful blog. Keep having fun! Love, Mary Ann & Bobby
9th March 2018

Kevin🙏🏻susan
Ahoy Maryanne and Bobby. Thanks so much. Are you on the Navigator? Someone mentioned your names the other day. We're not going to Borobudur today. Love from us, KS
11th March 2018

What a Journey
Great to see so many interesting places and to interchange experiences with like minded people Good sailing and love to you both Schatzi
12th March 2018

SCHATZI
Ahoy Ilse. Thank you for your kind words. Love to you and Martina. Hope your love life is A-OK! Kevin❤️Susan

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