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Published: January 18th 2016
It has been a while in the planning but our next new adventure is about to begin.
When John's father was ill a couple of years ago, the extended family gathered around and created a Facebook group to keep informed about how he was faring. Sadly, he eventually died (although 96 was a fair achievement) but the Facebook group kept growing and we have now decided to have a family reunion on the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland, in July this year.
As most of you know, Sylvia refuses to fly so we have had to resort to other means of travel. Read our container ship blogs or the China/Mongolia railway trip if you need to keep up (though I never did finish that one – too busy having fun).
This time we have discovered a cruise ship which is returning from Australia to the UK via Africa in March. Not only that but it is half price – one pays, one goes free. Couldn't afford it otherwise. It is very much in advance of when we planned to travel but we could never have afforded to go to Africa ordinarily so we couldn't pass it up.
So we leave from Fremantle in Western Australia on 16th
March and head off into the wilds of the Indian Ocean. After 8 days at sea we arrive in Mauritius and from there head off to Reunion Island.
After three more days at sea we spend time in Durban and then in Capetown, South Africa. Next port is Walvis Bay in Namibia followed by the island of St Helena and then Ascension Island.
After six more days at sea we end up in Casablanca in Morocco and then Lisbon in Portugal. We eventually arrive in London on 23rd
We are not sure what we will be doing or where we will be staying in the UK. Currently looking at renting a narrow boat on the Thames for a while. Any accommodation offers will be considered. Why not come and stay in Oz for a month or two?
We have just booked our return trip on the Emerald Princess. Leaving Southampton on 28th
September. Arriving Sydney on 15th
November. 48 days in all. Ports include: Rome, Naples, Messina, Aqaba (Jordan), Dubai, Cochin (India), Phuket (Thailand), Singapore, Ko Samui (Thailand), Bangkok, Bali, Fremantle, Margaret River, Melbourne, Sydney.
Tot: 1.291s; Tpl: 0.073s; cc: 17; qc: 86; dbt: 0.0289s; 1; m:saturn w:www (18.104.22.168); sld: 2;
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