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Embarkation Day

Monday, 2 September 2013


View 2013 Polynesian Cruise on greynomadm's travel map.

Today started at 0430 and after a quick breakfast we made out way up the Kings Highway to Queanbeyan. It took somewhat longer that usual due to a number of fog patches but we managed to arrive there at 0730.

Transferred our luggage and Natalie drove us to the bus interchange by 0830. The Murray's Express service to Sydney had just started to board and we departed slightly before the advertised time of 0900. The trip to Sydney was uneventful and despite a slight holdup due to road works and a broken-down truck we arrived at Central Station just on 1230.

A quick dash in a taxi to the White Bay Cruise Terminal cost us $25 but there isn't really any alternative. Check-in was quite efficient and we were through Immigration and Security and safely aboard by just after 1315. Lunch at the Horizon Buffet and back to our quite spacious stateroom where Jenny's luggage had arrived. No sign of mine.

Assembled at Muster Station A (the Wheelhouse Bar on Deck 7) for the General Emergency drill. We had arrive early so were fortunate enough to get a seat. Drill over and back to the cabin to stow the life jackets. Still no sign of my luggage - strange ??

Up on deck to capture some images of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House and it was almost time for dinner, Should I mention that my luggage was still AWOL ?? Mentioned it to the steward Joseph and headed for the Rigoletto for the early seating. We've been allocated to a table of eight, a 90 year-old widower from Port Macquarie, a sixties couple from Mackay and another old couple from Sydney. An interesting challenge to try to speak to people across a large round table, especially when one is almost totally deaf and the other has trouble hearing. Add to that my own loss of hearing acuity coupled with a generally elevated ambient noise level you can imagine it wasn't my best ever experience.

Back to the cabin and still no sign of my luggage. Joseph suggests contacting the Purser's Desk which I duly did. They knew exactly where my suitcase was, held in Security pending the identification of a sharp object found by the scanners. Turned out to be a large toe-nail clipper which I was permitted to keep provided I kept it secured.

Clocks ahead an hour tonight.
More tomorrow.

My photos are posted each day to http://365project.org/tonydebont/365
Cheers ... Tony

Posted by greynomadm 10:48 Archived in Australia Comments (2)

Countdown Continues

Thursday, 29 August 2013

With only 4 days to go we made some last-minute purchases in Batemans Bay and had a pleasant lunch with George and Marg.

I'm finding this an awkward time; can't wait to get going, too much time to sit around and do nothing and not enough time to start anything meaningful. Just fiddling about to fill in time.

With all this 'spare' time I've identified another cruise to add to the bucket list, we'd like to cruise from the West Coast to the East Coast of the USA through the Panama Canal. It will have to be late in 2015 so perhaps there will be a relocation voyage from Seattle or Vancouver. There's plenty of time and it will give me something to discuss with the Future Cruises person on board.

Have a great day and enjoy.
My photos are posted each day to http://365project.org/tonydebont/365
Cheers ... Tony

Posted by greynomadm 22:46 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Two Weeks To Go

Friday, 16 August 2013

With just over two weeks to go for this 35 day cruise we're going through all the pre-travel arrangements.

Notifications to the DVA and Centrelink, last minute medical appointments, obtaining all required prescription medication for the duration. A bit further down the track we'll have to notify our creditcard providers about the trip so that we don't experience a stop on the card. Downloading enough reading material to our Kindles to see us through the quiet times on sea days.

I will attempt to maintain a daily posting for those who are interested.

Cheers ... Tony

My photos are posted each day to http://365project.org/tonydebont/365

Posted by greynomadm 16:45 Archived in Australia Comments (1)

2013 Polynesia Cruise

35 Day Cruise on the Sea Princess - Sydney to Sydney - No air travel !!

The following are the port days and crossing of the date line (twice). All other days are 'sea days'.

2 Sep 2013 Sydney, Australia
7 Sep 2013 Nuku'alofa, Tonga
9 Sep 2013 Apia, Western Samoa
11 Sep 2013 Cross International Date Line
14 Sep 2013 Honolulu, Hawaii
15 Sep 2013 Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii
16 Sep 2013 Kona, Hawaii
17 Sep 2013 Hilo, Hawaii
18 Sep 2013 Maui (Lahaina), Hawaii
24 Sep 2013 Tahiti (Papeete), French Polynesia
25 Sep 2013 Tahiti (Papeete), French Polynesia
25 Sep 2013 Moorea, Polynesia
26 Sep 2013 Bora Bora, French Polynesia
29 Sep 2013 Pago Pago, American Samoa
30 Sep 2013 Cross International Date Line
2 Oct 2013 Suva, Fiji
4 Oct 2013 Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
7 Oct 2013 Sydney, Australia

We will try a new way of travelling to Sydney, rather than the 7 hour bus up the Princess Highway we'll drive to Canberra, leave the car with Nat and Frog and catch a Murray's Bus to Sydney. Their buses depart every hour and will give us more flexibility with regard to arrival times.

Posted by greynomadm 20:27 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

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