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Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 12th 2014

Easter Island: This morning at 7:45 a.m. we were scheduled to muster in one of the theatres for our excursion to view the Moai of Easter Island. Unfortunately due to weather conditions and the size of the swell the Captain deemed it to unsafe to moor the ship, lower the tenders, and allow passengers to disembark off the ship on to the tenders. This meant that we could not go ashore and had to view the Moai from the ship as we sailed past the island. It would not have been so bad if we had actually got close enough to the island, but we might as well have not bothered at all as we were so far away. One passenger was overheard to say that this was his third attempt to view the Moai close ... read more
Easter Island
Easter Island
Easter Island

Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 11th 2014

At Sea: During the day we will continue our voyage on a South Westerly course across the South Pacific Ocean towards Easter Island. The Pacific Ocean separates Asia and Australia from the Americas. It may be further subdivided by the equator into northern and southern portions. It extends from the Antarctic region in the South to the Arctic in the North. The Pacific Ocean encompasses approximately one-third of the earth’s surface, having an area of 165.2 million square kilometres, significantly larger than the earth’s entire landmass of some 150 million square K’ms. Yesterday we facetimed Richard and Lyn Nottingham who gave us the very sad news that Wayne Spendlove had passed away, we were shocked and saddened to say the least particularly that it had happened over a week before, and we did not know until ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific June 4th 2014

A very quick update as internet access is somewhat limited in these parts.We are currently in Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas. The Islands are amazing and very laid back. I am unable to post photos at the moment as the internet connection is v slow. We will be going from here to Papeete in Tahiti and should have better comms.... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Coral Sea May 4th 2014

Almerimar and back again Almerimar is a huge marina divided into about 4 bays containing some really nice buildings and developments that have been built but remain vacant. It is a real shame because the Marina has a really nice feel about it the beaches look manmade without character, are super windy and are lined with large hotels in various states of decay, new retirement villas are being built which are immaculate but the streets that surround them are uninspiring and empty. Unless you have a car there is little to do but it had a large supermarket which always gives us hours of entertainment trying to guess what is in the packaging when your dictionary only seems to contain the words you won’t ever need. Stumble in and Stumble out tours Booby man giving up ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » South China Se March 30th 2014

Queen Mary Day 17-18 More fog and mist and not much was happening as far as physical activity. The weather had turned a bit cooler and the trip south from Shanghai to Hong Kong was a little disappointing because of the weather and not being able to go out on deck. We attended some information lectures and while Phillip should have been as interested in Capt Arthur Philip as Jennifer, somehow his brain did not want to play the same game. Lack of oxygen (probably manners) had Phillip falling asleep and to Jennifer’s horror, the audience heard the zzzzzz’s hitting the soundwaves. Someone did say they learnt something from the lecture. Jennifer actually learnt two points, firstly that Capt Philip did not bring the convicts just to set up a convict settlement, but rather the convicts ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Tasman Sea March 29th 2014

This is the last full day at sea before we get to Sydney. That means it is the last day of enjoying all the pleasures of cruising. It does NOT mean the end of our story because we have about 10 more days scheduled on land before we return home, but it does mean we will slide down a little on the “pampered passenger” scale. That being said, this is as good a time as any to proclaim our appreciation and praise the service we received this cruise. However good this was, it actually is not unusual – we always get excellent service from Princess Cruises. We don’t want to make this into a commercial, but this is a terrific way to take a vacation and we recommend it to anyway who wants to see different ... read more
Pool on Last Day
Janet waiting at Terrace Grill

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 28th 2014

Hello from someplace in the Coral Sea, sailing south back across the Tropic of Capricorn. Yes, we have left the tropics and are back in the ordinary Southern Hemisphere (latitude 26S). It was very rainy this morning so it was fortunate that we did not have any port excursions today. But the rain stopped about 11:00 and the temperature got up to the high 70’s by mid-afternoon (although it was overcast all day). We received a question last night about our blog, so we are going to make it into a TRIVIA QUESTION: “ Read the results of the competition regarding the number of days one cruised. You indicated you two weren’t close, but how many days have you sailed?” So the trivia question is HOW MANY DAYS do you think we have sailed. Watch for ... read more
Part of the Galley
Janet & David
Kim with Baked Alaska

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » South China Se March 28th 2014

Queen Mary Day 13-15 These three days have been at sea with not much besides food, sleep, talks, and the odd performance. We have seen a few islands, but it is amazing how many there are in the vicinity and we cannot see them. The trip has taken us passed the Philippines and we are heading for Shanghai. There have been a greater number of shipping vessels in the area, and they have ranged in size from small fishing vessels to tankers and car freighters. Have also seen a few small “runabouts”. One of the amazing sights relates to “flying fish”. They seem to be everywhere since we left the Queensland coast and they appear to “fly” for about 70 metres. Some people have said they have seen dolphins and we have seen the odd fish. ... read more
QM2 in South China Sea
QM2 in South China Sea
QM2 in South China Sea

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Philippine Sea March 24th 2014

Queen Mary Day 11 - who knows where we are. Woke up rather late as sun did not rise until after 7.00 a.m. Looked outside and saw quite a few fishing vessels and fishing buoys for their nets. We had a late breakfast enjoyed with a couple who boarded in Southampton and who return to Southampton in May, a total of 113 days. They said the trip was to escape the English winter. Just wandered around the decks this morning before lunch. After lunch a trip to the gym for Phillip after which he went to an Apple MAC presentation which was quite educational. Dinner was magnificent as usual, and afterwards a piano recital was held in the Royal Theatre. Beautiful playing and enjoyed by the audience. The boat is rocking a little and seems like ... read more
QM2 Day 11
QM2 Day 11
QM2 Day 11

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Coral Sea March 24th 2014

Never heard of Willis Island? Don’t be too surprised because many of the Australians we talked to hadn’t heard of it either. But first things first. This morning David got up early and went up to the Fitness Center to try out their equipment. Today he stuck to the treadmill and did a mile while watching the view out the front of the ship as it sailed ever northward. Then he went to the Promenade Deck and did 3 more laps around the ship before going back to the cabin. Janet was up and after we both got cleaned up and dressed we went to breakfast in the Regency Room. Today’s special was something called a Farmer’s Breakfast. We both had this big breakfast, along with fruit, juice, and pastries. So we got our energy recharged ... read more
Willis Island - Zoom in on Highlight
The pools were very popular today

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