Wednesday, 7 March 2012
07.03.2012 - 07.03.2012
Our first port of call and the weather is overcast but not yet raining. There are enough dark clouds to make us think it prudent to pack our raincoats.
Up early, we're still adjusting to Queensland time, and up to the Lido for a light breakfast. We are well within sight of land as we pass between islands of the Whitsunday group. The sea is mirror-smooth and ship appears motionless.
Our ship anchors a good distance out from the port and the tenders are launched. In addition to four of the ship's tenders there are two large catamarans. At 0700 we headed down to the tender allocation desk and expected to have to wait a fair length of time as there were very few passengers ready to leave. By 0715 they decided to send off the first boat although we were well below capacity. It took about 10 minutes to reach the marina where we came ashore to be greeted by a bunch of enthusiastic locals acting as volunteer ambassadors. We surprised them a bit as they weren't fully set up.
As it was raining, what else ??, we took the bus into town. By the time the bus dropped us off the rain had reduced to a light drizzle and we walked up and back along the main shopping street. According to the bus driver there are over 50 places to eat and as many places to drink.
Our sole expense was for some sorbet from a market vendor. He was a smooth talker and proceeded to enlighten us with his tales from many years as a commercial fisherman. Walked back to the marina where we had but a short wait for a tender to take us back to the ship. All done and dusted by about 1100.
Time for a cuppa and a scone and jam and then lingered until 1200 when the lunch service commence. After lunch not much to do so retired to our stateroom where we succumbed and indulged in a short nap - which lasted until almost time for dinner.
Dinner in the Café Corniche where we had anti-pasta, pizza and Italian deserts. Very nice as a change from the more elegant dinning room. We'll do it again but not often.
The show in the Princess Theatre was the amazing voice of Adam Scicluna with a wide range of songs taken from those made famous by Tom Jones, Elvis and Sammy Davis Jnr.
Underway again, next stop Darwin.