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  1. At the end of the 2nd cruise, Noordam is porting in White Bay, maybe just checking fitting under the Bridge - ouch if she didn’t.
  2. Watching the news, saw this lady passing in the background. Was she at White Bay - no, at OPT and just backing up under the bridge because I guess she can.
  3. If you are lucky enough to have Joff Eaton as CD don’t miss his progressive trivia in 270. It’s very funny and you don’t have to be a player to enjoy.
  4. There is no need to tip for room service as RC now charge per room order, except for free continental breakfast. We usually only order the free continental breakfast for 2 on shore days but we do tip 4 or 5 dollars. We feel it is for our convenience and not to hassle for a breakfast seat on a busy port morning.
  5. What a picture perfect day in Hobart for Europa. As well it has a great live webcam in panorama.
  6. MY sister cruised to Bruges on Queen Elizabeth from Southampton. She said then it was mostly very cold, wet and windy with rough seas (not allowed on deck). They were the only 2 Aussies on board so there was no lack of conversations. Said the markets in Bruges were very good. She said there was another excellent Christmas market in London in Hyde Park, visited at night.
  7. A couple of years ago on Queen Elizabeth, we anchored one night at Athol Buoy and then early hours of the next morning we moved to OPT. The tenders took us to Man O'War Steps on the other side of the Opera House, about 15 mins by tender. Had no problems getting on tenders both ways. In fact I thoroughly enjoyed being in the middle of the harbour.
  8. I prefer the dark hulls on the Vista class. They don't seem to show the markings of the longer voyages as much. Not that it really matters, it probably is a beautiful ship.
  9. On our way to the Bay, saw this girl in Newcastle. Weird sort of day for them - warm, some blustering wind and dusty plus looks like rain clouds building up.
  10. The Promenade rooms can be noisy if you are an early sleeper or with young children. They hold the party nights in the Promenade - British Rock, 70s night etc - and mostly starting after 10pm. Could be advantageous to watch from your window though. The rooms seem ok and have a window seat/sofa.
  11. Great captures, Kiwi Kruzer and trivia. Looks like a nice day in Sydney, after we had maybe 2 sunny days on the cruise! No complaints though, enjoyable cruise and found the food and company we had were very good. Although a few had some experiences with tendering (getting lost, no ropes to tie up) See what I mean in photo, mostly you couldn't even see the shore. We were off by 7.30, on a train and home by 10.15.
  12. Photo below of Crystal Serenity at anchor taken from Explorer of the Seas at OPT. Viking Orion due at White Bay.
  13. Luckily now Airlie Beach now has 2 tender berthing areas. One at Abell Point marina used by P&O and RC using the newer Port Airlie marina. Doesn't look like any possibility of the sun coming through at this stage as it has rained consistently, sometimes we can see the shore but more often not. The seas are not too bad though for tendering. We call the quick boats out to the reef 'reef runners' or sprinters as I remember catching one some time ago from Cairns that was actually called Reef Runner. I think a lot have decided not to go into the port, which is a shame as around 4000 or so people in town would help the local economy along.
  14. Here’s a snapshot from Aria looking towards Explorer. We’re on Explorer, the reef runners and tenders are here but so is the rain!
  15. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders. Across the road and a block or so easy short walk from the Skybus terminal and Southern Cross train station. The hotel is also a very short walk to the tram system that takes you directly to the cruise terminal (route 109). When in Melbourne we caught the free tram on the city circle to get around. You need a myki card (small cost) for the tram to the cruise terminal. Holiday Inn is a bit more expensive but look for a deal or join their rewards scheme for a cheaper price. Otherwise there are a few other hotels in this area. Below is the city circle free tram route in Melbourne, very easy to get around but sometimes very busy.
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