Thursday, 5 April 2012
05.04.2012 - 05.04.2012
A very mild day as we arrived at the port for Guam. Arrival was due at 0800 and we were ready to go ashore as soon as cleared. The predictions from Customer Services were that it could be two hours or more to be processed through US Border Protection (Customs and Immigration).
Batching was achieved by allocating Group Number Cards in the order that people reported to the allocation desk. Groups were then called forward as soon as the backlog was processed. The ship tied up at 0813 and we were ashore at 0905 - much more efficient than expected.
There was a complementary shuttle bus to take us the 30 minutes into town. We were dropped off at the Hyatt and sought out the "Trolley Bus". These were advertised at $10 all day to ferry us around the dispersed shopping malls. The $10 ticked was discontinued on the first of April and the alternatives were $4 per leg per person or $25 for a 5-day multiple use. I opted to buy two of the $25 tickets to provide maximum flexibility.
First leg was to the GPO (Guam Premium Outlet) where the main feature was a Ross store - mainly clothing and quite cheap. Jenny selected a few items and then we realised that the queue for the check-out stretched the full length of the store. She returned the goods to the rack and we got out of there to catch the Trolley Bus shuttle for Kmart.
Kmart was huge and sold lots of great gear at a good price but it was almost impossible to find anything because of a lack of signage. We did manage to put about $50 worth of things in the trolley including a watch and a top for Jenny. They were also selling a 6-pack of Heineken for $5.99 and a 30 can cube of light beer for $18.99. We checked out through what had to be the slowest Kmart check-out in the world.
Back on the Trolley Bus shuttle heading for the Micronesian Mall or so we thought. Turned out we were back at the GPO !! Had a look around the food court there and decided to give it a miss and got back on the Trolley Bus shuttle but stayed on when it arrived at Kmart.
We eventually arrived at the Micronesian Mall and spent a bit of time looking and not buying any of the stuff on sale. I had hoped to find a 'cheap' local market but it turned out to be a fancy place with Macy's as the focal point and manly up-market boutique stores filling the available space. Onto the Trolley Bus shuttle again and back to the Hyatt for the bus back to the ship. Back at the dock-side by 1445 quite happy to be back in the air-conditioned comfort of our 'home' afloat.
Dinner was of the usual high standard and Jeffry had his bit of fun with my desert, he piled a double dose of the special pineapple dish and added two scoops of ice-cream. He so enjoys himself and it comes at no cost to me other than an expanding waistline!!
The entertainment was in the Vista Lounge and featured Grey Hayes who told some stories, did some impressions - some good others not so. He sang some of Slim Dusty's material, he claims to have worked with Slim for years. Again, I wouldn't pay to go and see it and he was good enough for me to hang around to see if it improved.
Three sea days to Rabaul.