Friday, 13 April 2012
13.04.2012 - 13.04.2012
Up at 0500 in anticipation of a 0604 sunrise, not very spectacular but did ensure that we sat with Paul as he plotted our course. Our arrival in Brisbane was delayed by the high seas and strong head-wind during the night. The approach is quite convoluted with a number of significant changes of direction as we crossed Morton Bay and found the entrance to the Brisbane River. There isn't a spectacular harbour just a long line of wharfs on both sides of the river. We arrived at a well-established terminal building in the suburb of Hamilton.
Breakfast out of the way we proceeded ashore after we were instructed to stand in a line with our toes on a tape whilst an AQIS dog walked up and down the line. Normally they just mingle amongst the departing passengers. A "Translink" map in hand we walked the 10 to 15 minutes to the CityCat Bretts wharf. A two-hour ticket for us senior citizens was $2.60 and we enjoyed a quick and efficient ride along the river to the Riverside wharf where we boarded the free City Loop Bus to the shopping mecca of the Queen Street Mall.
The CBD of Brisbane retains a light, relaxed and friendly air and was filled with lots of activity and assorted crowd-stopping attractions. Jenny was on a mission and whilst enquiries at many stores produced no sale she was very appreciative of the efforts made by staff to direct her to alternate locations. She did eventually track down what she was after and we then strolled back to the ferry wharf.
The "Cat" was less crowded on the way back and we were able to appreciate the very fine properties and their private mooring pontoons along the river. Some serious money spent there and no remaining evidence of the flood damage.
We were back aboard by 1430 and had a bite at the Horizon Court Buffet. Paul joined us and he was procrastinating as to whether he should go out again and visit the CBD. I suggested an extensive slide-show of the 4000 plus pictures on my computer. I think that prospect made up his mind and he scooted off to town.
Went down to the cabin with every intention of writing this blog, got as far as establishing the file then sat on the bed to take off my shoes and woke up about two hours later. Must have been the early morning activities and long shopping day.
A most enjoyable dinner again which was brought to a rowdy conclusion when we clapped and cheered for the Chef's Parade. The entire kitchen staff wound their way in and out of the tables. Great tribute to them.
Lined up outside the Vista Lounge for the evening entertainment and for half an hour before the show started we were entertained by the Sea Princess Orchestra. I'm not sure that I've mentioned before, just how very talented they are, I could have listened to them all night.
The Showtime act was Trevor Knight who played and chatted his way though 45 minutes in a most relaxed and pleasant fashion.
At this stage we don't know when we'll arrive in Sydney and whether we'll be in time to catch the bus home. If we're held up or there are no available seats we'll book into a hotel for the night.