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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water August 17th 2018

Sea Day and disembarkation- Our last 2 days End of holidays and our body clocks are well and truly in holiday mode, 8-30am wake up this morning, leisurely 2km around deck 6 (5 laps) and a 9-45 breakfast. A day spent being entertained by the crew at various things such as trivia, shuttle board, tell and say, murder mystery, drinking coffee and final dining at Dragon Lady and last chance Karaoke.The seas got smoother the closer we got to Cairns and the final night in bed was without the usual rocking effect that we had grown used to.We woke to the sound of no motors and the thrusters working which meant we were in Cairns turning around and entering our berth. We chose the Waterfront to dine this morning, less crowded, and had a lovely meal ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water August 7th 2018

Captains Log Tuesday day 1 of P&O cruise sailing 4pm from Cairns to PNG.We had organised to board at 2pm but arrived at 1pm, hot and sweaty from the 1 km walk along Lake St from our motel. We were swiftly ushered from bag drop, to inside, to this spot and that by a very efficient local team of people dressed in blue and white check shirts. Within 30 minutes we were on board and in our cabin. Score 1. Score 2 our cabin which is on deck 4, room 4011 which is the wheel chair room. So huge, massive open space with 4 portholes, couch, desk. Only down side is we can feel all the ups and downs and bangs being right up the front. Next stop The Pantry which is the buffet dining option ... read more
Scored the wheelchair room, soo biggggg
Could have had a deck party in here
Lunch time panorama of cairns from deck 11

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water February 17th 2018

Last night was a pretty exciting night. We got to join up with the other 20 people who will tour with us down to Sydney. Apparently the length we are traveling is equivalent to traveling from New York to Miami. 2,000 miles from Cairns to Sydney so I guess you can say we will be spending a lot of time with one another! As I was getting ready for bed last night, I set my alarm for 1am as it would have been 9am St. Louis time. This was the time in which my board exam results would be published. I was so nervous after having to wait 10 days. Throughout the waiting time I would go back and forth to I passed to I failed and I will need to re take it. All the ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water November 20th 2015

Our third week in Brisbane was routine by now. We got to try the local version of domino's pizza. I'm not sure if it's the same company (logo looks the same) but they had some seriously gourmet pizzas with awesome thin crust. The academic night that we went to with the residents had food again - lots of different and awesome pizzas! I've concluded that aside from having more prevalence of fish and chips and meat pies, Australian food is exactly the same as American: pizza, Asian, burgers, etc. There was one exciting(ish) thing we crossed off the list last week- we rode the city CAT. Their winding river that wends through the city has a nice little ferry system that you can ride as public transportation, or for fun as some pensioners on the boat ... read more
Taro in the raw!
Roo on the barbie
Killing the afternoon

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water February 23rd 2015

I'll keep this post to just the reef day. We did two dives on Friday and some snorkeling. The worst part was that it went by too quickly. The first dive we saw more sea life; I could name every species we saw as well as their diets and water temperature preferences, but that would make this post much too long. We got lucky because the water had poor visibility in the days before our dive, but the day we dove it was pretty clear, especially since now isn't the peak season for diving at the reef. The best fish we saw was about two feet long and about as high and it followed us throughout our first dive. It would come up to me and stick its nose right in my hand, then circle around ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water August 25th 2014

Hi there, Finally, a non-bumping bed, I had a great night. After breakfast, we got our stuff and walked to the centre of Port Douglas. It turned out to be a beautiful shopping street with lots of cute hippie shops with lots of small things. So after a cup of coffee, we split up. My dad and brother went for a walk to the lookout point and to the beach, while the girls could fo for a little shopping, and we would meet for lunch. So we ran in and out all those hippie shops for bracelets, necklaces, asian coins, and little presents for our friends. After an hour of shopping, we met at a bar to have some lunch. I had a mexican pizza with chilli con carne, nachos, guacamole, sour cream and jalapeños on ... read more
On the beach with sis
Marina of Port Douglas
Mom and Sis

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water August 25th 2014

Hi there mates, After a better night of sleeping, I still had a headache and was a little dizzy, so I decided to skip the early morning dive (6:30 am!!) and get myself ready for the second dive at 09:00 am. And again, a turle here!! So great! I called her Jessy Jessy was floating above the reef, eating coral, not bothering that we were looking at her. Also saw some butterfly fish, harlequin sweetlips, long fin emperor and humbug damsels, which are one of my favorite fishes. They are so small, and are black and white striped, they live with min 2 together on one piece of coral and when a diver comes close, one of them comes forward to 'protect' the nest. Love them. The third and last dive, I decided not to do, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water August 25th 2014

Hi again, So day two of the dive live-aboard began early, because the morning dive was at 7:30 am. The water was 22 degrees, and the sight was again 25+ meters. Beautiful conditions. A dive of 44 minutes and saw some great fish: morray eels, picasso trigerfish, cornetfidh and a napoleon wrasse! The last one, is an enormous big fish. It is about a meter in width and a little more than a meter long. But so beautiful to see such a big creature that is actually not so shy and really friendly. The second dive was already at 11:00 am, after a great breakfast. 41 minutes bottomtime and 25 degrees celsius water. This was the best dive so far because I saw a green sea turtle! It came out of a dark rock area up ... read more
The Reef at night

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water August 25th 2014

G'day mates, Today we got up at 4:45 am. Sigh. The guys from the dive centre picked us up at 5:45 am, but was almost half an hour late. Great, we lost half an hour extra in bed. So at sunset, we were in a mini van, picking up people from different hotels, to go to the boat for a 3 day dive trip. With only a backpack full of clothes.. When we arrived at the dive shop, I had to sign some medical stuff, because I wanted to do the Advanced Open Water dive course. At the question 'Do you have sea sickness?', I answered yes, because I have just a little tiny bit of motion sickness. Not a good idea, because the guy at the counter turned out to be less flexible then I ... read more
After dive number one

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water March 19th 2014

Queen Mary Day 6 A day of excitement and rush. An earlier breakfast so thousands could disembark to do various tours, sightseeing and just about nothing. We chose the just about nothing. Once breakfast had concluded we had to go to the “tender allocation” spot collect a boarding pass number and wait to be called. There were 8 of the side tenders, also known as lifeboats, in use and they hold 120 persons. Also employed were two local boats that held around 300 persons. A trip to shore lasted about 25-30 minutes and we were nearly two hours in the waiting area. At the dock at Yorkey’s Knob we waited for 25 seater buses to shuttle us into Cairns a further 20 minutes away. Once in Cairns we had a bite to eat for lunch, found ... read more
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