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Nautical Adventure Ends in Debacle

We sailed into Sydney Harbour early this morning…

We reached the Overseas Passenger Terminal just in time to see the Sun rising near the SOH…

But we still had time for breakfast before leaving the ship…

We had to go to the theatre to wait for our disembarkation ticket number to be called. We only had to wait about 20 minutes before our number (red 3) was called. That’s the number on our luggage tags. When they call that number it means that your luggage will be there when you get into the terminal.

So we left the ship and entered a large area in the terminal where the bags were all laid out in rows and organised according to the colours of the luggage tags. I walked along the ‘red’ row and found Yuko’s bag and my small bag. However, my large bag (pictured yesterday outside our room) was nowhere to be seen.

We waited while more bags were brought out, but they were all different colours. I looked at all those bags too, although they were not ‘red’, but still my bag was missing. I wondered if someone else had taken it by mistake!

Eventually we decided to report the bag missing and go home without it. We had to fill in a form and leave our contact details with some dude.

Then we got on the queue for taxis which was very long indeed. When we finally got into a taxi Yuko went to sleep…

When we arrived home, we found that our fish were still alive!

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Last day at Sea

Today was our last full day at sea. Nothing much happened.

In the evening, we had to put our luggage outside our room so that it could be stolen by anyone passing by…

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Brisbane

Today our vessel stopped in Brisbane. We disembarked and took a shuttle bus to the city. The trip took 50 minutes!

On the Shuttle Bus

In Brisbane, we walked around looking for food…

We found this cafe and ate food there…

We glanced briefly at the river…

Then Yuko wanted to find an Apple shop so that she could look at the new model Macbook Air! I googled on my phone and found an Apple seller, so we walked there. Fortunately Yuko didn’t buy the device today…

In the Apple (reseller) Shop

Later in the afternoon when we re-boarded the ship, the pool had been drained and was surrounded by that yellow tape they put up at crime scenes…

Empty Pool

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Sunrise, Kangaroo and Elephant

Being on the port side (I know what that means now) of the ship, and now that we are heading south down the coast, we are able to see the sunrise from our room. So this morning we got up at about 5.30am to watch it…

The sexy legs competition was held today after being postponed due to bad weather a couple of days ago. In this event, men were required to stut about and humiliate themselves in front of a panel of female judges. Yuko was very excited and took a lot more pictures that I did, but this is the general scene…

I have decided that I want to be an antisocial bastard for the remainder of the cruise, and to that end I asked our head waiter if we could have a table to ourselves at dinner. He obliged, thus freeing us from the boring conversations and long silences we have had to endure in sharing a table with two other couples. I was very happy indeed! And for dinner Yuko ate Kangaroo!

After dinner we drank martinis again…

When we finally returned to our room, we found an elephant on the bed…

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Camels and Tendering

Today the ship stopped at Airlie Beach. However, there is no port there so we had to anchor off the coast and be tendered ashore…

Tendering Boat

The tendering was a very slow process. We had to get ‘tender tickets’ and then wait for our number to be called. It was two and a half hours from when we left our room until we boarded the tender boat. While we waited, Yuko worked in the Internet cafe…

Yuko in the Internet cafe

When we finally got moving, we had a good view of our ship – Rhapsody of the Seas…

Rhapsody of the Seas Anchored

Once ashore, we walked to the town along the boardwalk…

The Boardwalk at Airlie Beach

The activity on the beach was a bit unusual…

And then, in the evening…

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Tha Fish

We went into Cairns again this morning with the intention of eating a huge amount of food – so that we wouldn’t have to eat on the ship. First we had huge pancakes at a cafe by the water (see above).

We then walked around Cairns a bit and Yuko bought some clothes.

Cairns

We found ‘Tha Fish’ – a seafood restaurant by the water. We were able to drink beer and eat fish…

Yuko wanted to photograph our ship from the other side. So we went out on a nearby pier and got an adequate view of the ship…

We went back on the ship, and sailed out of Cairns…

Sailing Out

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Rain (and a snake) in Cairns

Today we arrived in ‘sunny’ Cairns. Naturally when we went ashore it was raining and windy. The fist thing we did was to buy a second umbrella at a convenience store.

This was our fist chance to see ‘Rhapsody of the Seas’ from the outside…

We found a nice cafe to have breakfast. Yuko asked for a sandwich on sourdough bread, but the waitress had never heard of sourdough bread! Despite this, Yuko liked the cafe because she was able to use the Internet…

We explored Cairns a bit in a random fashion. There are lots of Japanesey shops. This is not one of them…

We went out again in the evening, and before we had gone very far, Yuko’s umbrella (the one we bought this morning) was destroyed by the wind!

We had dinner at a Japanese restaurant in the town. It was adequate – but not as good as Taiki…

When we returned to the ship, we found a snake in our room…

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Laundry, Magic and an Island

Another day at sea…

We did our own laundry and hung it illegally on our balcony…

At about 1.30pm we passed Willis Island – a very exciting moment indeed. We stopped and dropped anchor briefly there. The reason for doing this was a technicality – to make the voyage an ‘International’ one so that we can have duty free shopping on the ship!

Willis Island - Population 3 (at last count)

We both did ten laps of the ship – which was very arduous.

After dinner we went to a live show in the ship’s theatre. It was a magician called Duck. He was quite good, although he didn’t cut any audience members in half or make an elephant disappear.

In the theatre

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Sushi and Horse Racing at Sea

Today there was a sushi demonstration in the Centrum…

However, they didn’t really demonstrate how to make sushi. One dude was making it, another was carving animals from pieces of fruit, while the third guy rambled on about un-related stuff. They were non-Japanese…

There was also horse racing with betting. It was very exciting indeed, but we didn’t gamble…

Horse Racing

We again went to the pool deck and drank beer. Yuko likes it because she can get a good WiFi signal…

When we got back to out room after dinner, our towel had been transformed into a pig…

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Cruising the High Seas

Today was our first full day at sea – on our way to Willis Island and Cairns.

We explored the ship a bit more. We found the theatre where the live shows occur..

Theatre

In the afternoon I went up to deck 10, which is an open air platform on top of the ship, and I walked seven laps for exercise. I was surprised at how the ship’s wake seems to be just a straight line rather than a ‘V’ shape expanding out from the blunt end…

The Wake at the blunt end - seen from deck 10

Afterwards we went to the pool deck and drank beer from huge glasses while Yuko used the WiFi Internet…

Then Yuko went to do her own exercise…

The dress code for dinner varies from night to night. Tonight it was ‘formal’. We also got moved to a table with a view out the window. We were seated with two other couples – one from Kansas and one from Brisbane.

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