Day 14…Circumventing the Australian continent….Photo of our new friends!…Off the ship today at Port Hedland…

Our new friends from top, left to right, John and Kat from Australia, Cheryl and Stan and   Lois and Tom from the US and, us.

Sighting on the Ship in Australia”

Unusual work of art on the wall in a lounge area.

Last night, once again, we had a terrific time with our new friends, shown in today’s main photo.  We’ve all settled in to a fabulous routine of spending evenings together.

When we began cruising we were well aware of not necessarily hanging out with the same people night after night.  However, after making friends with these wonderful couples its been so much fun we have no interest in changing up the routine.

Cake decorating in the Centrum had the crowd howling when the chefs and cruise directors tossed frosting at one another.

The laughter, the conversation, the camaraderie and common interests has kept this group totally engaged in spending this time together.  We all marvel at how close we’ve become in such a short time, hoping for plans to get together in the future, long after this 33 night cruise ends.

The young couple in the above photo, Kat and John with their adorable six month old son, William are disembarking in Perth on Day 17th, while the rest of our group stays aboard for the remaining second leg, ending on December 3rd.

With the huge numbers of passengers watching, it was hard to get close for good photos.

This cruise, a back-to-back, actually consists of two cruises running concurrently from October 31 to December 3, 2016.  Only 500 of us passengers out of a total of about 2500, are actually staying on for the entire circumvention of Australia.

There’s an immigration process involved in making the transition from the first to the second leg which was started yesterday when we were assigned a time slot to meet with immigration officials who’d boarded the ship to aid in this process. 

During the frosting tossing.

The ship staff works hard to ensure this transition is as smooth and seamless for passengers as possible.  Other than spending about 30 minutes in line yesterday morning while our passports were processed, its expected to be relatively painless.

This morning we’ve arrived in Port Hedland, Australia, the largest town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.  Once we’ve uploaded today’s post, we’ll disembark the ship and take the free shuttle to the town where we’ll walk and take photos we’ll share tomorrow.

Fun was had by all during the presentation.

Have a beautiful day! We’ll be thinking of all of you!


Photo from one year ago today, November 13, 2015:

A mooring spot for the locals in Fiji.  For more details, please click here.