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In The Deep End

First Step - booked the cruise

We've decided that we'll do another cruise in 2012. This will be aboard the Sea Princess, departing from and returning to Sydney. This cuts out any restrictions on baggage imposed by the airlines.

The cruise is for 42 day starting 4 March 2012. We will touch on Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan, Guam and Papua New Guinea.

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Boarding Passes and Luggage Tags

Another step on the way


An important step on our way to the cruise. Boarding Passes and Luggage Tags are available - it is REALLY happening.

The next task is to prepare the Visa application for the day in China. Then the credit card company has to be advised of our itinerary. We also use a Citi Bank account for ATM withdrawals whilst overseas, so we'll have to let them know as well, might even be a good idea to stash some money into the account. I don't like paying interest on loans.

Only 59 days to go !!

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Another Step Forward

Friday 2012-02-03

Today we received our passports which had been sent to the Visa for China centre in Sydney. The cost for the two of us with postage both ways is around $250 which is a bit excessive for one day in Shanghai. Next year when we visit Beijing for a week it will be better value for money.
With just four weeks to go we're getting quite excited at the prospect of being on board a cruise ship. I'm just a little apprehensive as this will be by far the longest cruise we've undertaken.
We've also discovered why it was difficult to find cheap accommodation in Sydney on Saturday 3 March 2012, it happens to be the Mardi Gras that night.
Next report will be when we're packed and ready, unless there's some drama in the meanwhile.
Till next time.

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Almost There

Sunday, 26 February 2012


We are into the final week of preparations and are becoming very excited. The bed in the second bedroom is strewn with clothing and other articles as we select what we think we'll need.

Although we are sailing Northward it will still be quite cold when we get to China and Japan. Here we are experiencing a warm "Indian Summer" but will be heading into an early Spring. There's also the tropics to negotiate. Darwin, Bali, Malaysia and even Hong Kong on the way up. Then there's Guam, Rabaul and Brisbane on the way back. Working out our clothing needs is proving a challenge.

As we're sailing round trip Sydney to Sydney there's no airline limitations on our luggage. There is however a weight limit for the coach trip there and back but the driver doesn't enforce it too strictly.

This should be the last posting until we're aboard.

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Moruya to Sydney

Saturday, 3 March 2012

We awoke somewhat earlier than necessary had breakfast and counted down the time. Our friend arrived at 0830 to drive us into town where we waited for the coach to Sydney. The trip to Sydney was quite routine, we've travelled it previously. Stops at Batemans Bay for morning tea and Nowra for lunch added to the actual travel time making a total of seven hours.
Traffic was heavy as we entered the city and the rain intermittent. There were crowds of people at Central Station arriving to watch or take part in tonight's Mardi Gras Parade.
We walked the two blocks to the hotel we;d booked on-line. The Royal Exchange on Chalmers St. "Reception" is the public bar and the check-in process quite simple, the manager copied my driver's licence and had me sign it acknowledging that I'd 'checked in'. Credit card paid the $130 for the night. The room was much better than expected, a sitting room and separate bedroom. Tall ceilings added to the feeling of space.
We met up with our daughter at Darling Harbour for dinner, she and husband were in town for her job. We ate at the Hard Rock Café. Food was excellent but the constant loud sound (music ??) made any conversation difficult. It was certainly an 'experience'. We waited at the light-rail station for our return trip to Central Station but after waiting about half an hour there was an announcement that there would be an extensive delay to the service. We opted to catch a taxi and we were back at the hotel in short order.
Quite ready to turn in for the day.
One more sleep to go !!

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