Have fun, we are out on the boat and.have.been for a few days now, enjoying a Gold Coast NY.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
|The remains of the day - I hope you had a great Christmas|
|Cracking the Bon Bon & I won|
|The Crazy Crossley Girls|
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Overview: 3 smiles - Too many at sea days - got a bit boring even for me there is only so much sun baking one can do.
Bangkok, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Darwin, Port Douglas, Sydney - 5 Countries
So about $250 per person/day for 19 days including:
- Flights to Bangkok
- Accommodation in Bangkok 1 night
- 18 days on the Diamond Princess
- Shopping etc
While we got the cruise at a great price most everything else was at top dollar and of course the at sea days rack up the drinks and other costs while on the boat.
I suppose now we have just about been everywhere in Asia so overall it was a good way to see these areas - I can now tick off this and except for Singapore I doubt any of the other places we would go back to, so from that perspective it was good value.
- Harbour Bridge Climb
Check out all the links below for each blog, photos and videos!
Probably too big for our liking, just too many people and we were still getting lost on the last day as we had to meet in a bar we had not been before. The boat was beautiful though. We did however learn a lot about cruising that we had not realised before
a) check the ports - Darwin and Port Douglas were pretty uninspiring especially after so many days at sea
b) check the amount of at sea days - 4 days is pretty boring unless you want to drink all day or play silly deck games, go to shows etc
c) check the size of the boat and how many people it holds - our last cruise was 500 people but this one was full at 3000 people too many for my liking
For all the stories, pics and videos, check out the following blogs:-
Tendering back to the boat - rough as
Climbed the bridge - and have to say this is a fabulous exciting thing to do - and would highly recommend it, while it seems a little scary to begin with, it wasn't as hard as I had expected and the views are to die for. Well done Bridge Climb, great commentary, great climb, great process, great experience one I know we will remember forever.
On the map the city looked a fair distance so though we would take the shuttle bus organised at port. What a bloody rip off $28 for 2 people - and to be honest it took us about 500 meters (not good enough Darwin).
So we walked around the city of course all shops where closed -for a city like this you would have thought a boat in port with 3000 people on board the shops would have opened to capture some extra bucks but no oooh thats right we are back in Australia where retail complains about the lack of sales but don't take the opportunities to make money when it's available.
So a walk around the city, back down to the bay area and its am Ooooh dear what to do, its so hot that sweat is dripping off us but really didn't want to go back on the boat yet - too soon and given we have the next 3 days at sea we definitely needed something else to do.
Helicopter ride here we come - one of the best ways to see any place - no walking, no sweating but getting a good look at everything.
Got picked up at 10am and went to Charles Darwin national park, where the Helicopter was parked (somewhere around here according to the pilot), he found the keys where are conveniently hidden under a rock, and off we went. If you are ever in Darwin highly recommend Coolibah Air -coolibah-air.com.au
WOW fantastic trip - great commentary, great scenery, great fun. So we got the exhilaration we were looking for, got to see probably more than most and had a great time as well. Got back on the boat for about 1ish where we took a well earnt dip in the pool.
Darwin at this time of year is hot there is no denying that, and as usual this is cooled down by late after noon storms - and just as we were about to leave port in it came.
Check out Darwin by Air Album
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
|Standard Sunset Shot|
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
After a wet, windy weekend, we woke up to a bit of blue sky with potential, and slight south easerlies,so decided to take the chance and get out on the boat for a few days. Originally our plan was to spend most of our time boating, but other travel adventures have come our way - afterall this is all on our doorstep to enjoy whenever we want.
Started by going to the Surfers end something we don't do often, but windy and very choppy, so have ended up at old faithful Tipplers which is fab during the week (don't like it over weekends too many people).
Must go and do some sunbaking
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Don't forget folks!
Selling poppies in town today.
The poppies, child, are flowers of love.
For the men who marched away.
Why not a beautiful rose?
Because my child, men fought and died
In the fields where the poppies grow.
Why are the poppies so red?
Red is the colour of blood, my child.
The blood that our soldiers shed.
Why does it have to be black?
Black, my child, is the symbol of grief.
For the men who never came back.
Your tears are giving you pain.
My tears are my fears for you my child.
For the world is forgetting again.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
One of the stands we just couldn't help but stop at was the Stephan Boating World stand - I have to say these are some sexy little razor cats and boats so click here for a sneak preview of whats new Stefan Boating World and pink - no not really but have to say these were my favorites. We loved these when we were in Vanautu so thought we might price them out.
These shots were actually taken in their showroom on Wednesday when we went to get a quote on a few of their fantastic Rib Series. There's a lot of PINK isn't there!
Also started my trek into Volunteering in the NY - one of the things I really want to do is give back a bit to those in need - so many needs out there - but have started that journey by putting my name down on a few that I thought would be good as well as interesting.
Besides slipping in a few afternoon naps, that's about a wrap from me for this week, not quite as exciting as other weeks - but you know sometimes its nice to be home, not much planned and able to just go where the wind takes you. Have a great weekend everyone!