Posted January 12th, 2012, 07:46 PM
Hi everyone, great to see that most of us have arrived safely back into the "reality" of everyday life - ho hum isn't it
We had a fairly long day in Auckland last Friday, getting off the beautiful Century at around 10AM, then shuttled to the Crowne Plaza where our "day room" beckoned!!! It was merely use of the Conference Room for the day until our bus departed for the airport at 3PM. Tea, coffee and some lame cookies were all that were provided! Didn't go down too well after what we had been used to! Needless to say we wandered around Auckland for a few hours made all the worse for seeing the Century in dock and all the new passengers arriving to embark!!! We did however manage to snag a few bargains at the Rugby World Cup shop on the dock.
Got to the airport around 3:30PM then had to fill in another 3 hours as flight wasn't until 6:40PM. It was Emirates A380 however in "cattle class" could have been any old airline. It was a bit of an anti climax after our fabulous 2 weeks on the Century. Arrived at Sydney Airport around 10PM then had to line up in Customs forever and do the Immigration thing etc. etc. Fortunately we had arranged to stay overnight at an airport hotel before embarking on the 3 hour drive home (via the parents of course!!!).
Thank you everyone for such a fabulous cruise, it was wonderful to meet so many of our fellow CC members and hopefully we can stay in touch. A huge thank you also to Margaret and Peter for your awesome organisation of our CC events - it certainly added to the overall enhancement of the trip. You did a fabulous job and it is much appreciated. Thank you also to Patty & Colin for organising the Cabin Crawl - it was fun.
The only sour note we had was the "loss" of Scott's Olympus camera which he received as an Xmas present. We were only aware of it after disembarking which didn't give me the chance to visit Guest Relations on board. I was hoping that it would turn up in somebody's suitcase but alas no. I have contacted Royal Carribean who have informed me that all "lost property" from our cruise will be offloaded in Sydney on the 18th so to ring them on the 19th. I was so hoping that I could contact one of the fabulous Officers we met on board to establish whether in fact that the camera happened to be in Lost Property (highly unlikely) however could only find Facebook profiles for 3 of them. Needless to say haven't heard anything back so am thinking it is a lost cause, most unfortunate.
To end up, I was fortunate enough to receive 2 sets of the restaurant menus, given to us by not only our waiter but also a neighbouring waiter! I didn't have the heart to tell our waiter that I already had a set as they seemed to be so proud of giving them to me and told me not to tell anyone! So, if anybody would like a set of menus please let me know and I will post them to you, doesn't matter where you live.
So, once again thanks to everyone for such a fabulous time, it's kind of hard being back now - it feels really flat.
Rosemary, Robert, Jake, Andrew & Scott