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October 23 & 24 At Sea: Port Douglas and Brisbane, Australia

Sea days October 23, 24

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October 23 & 24 Sea Days

Well two more sea days! Seems like these sea days become routine...get up, eat, walk a bit, hang around the pool, eat, see a show, play bingo, visit the casino, shop a bit, meet the ‘group’ of new friends at the bar, drink, eat, see a show, meet the friends for a nightcap, so to bed!! But this routine never gets old!! Especially when you are on the ocean, in a beautiful cruise ship, relaxing and enjoying life!! How could this get old?

These two day we were sailing from Port Douglas and Brisbane.

The first day, October 23 the sail highlighted Willis Island, which is noted for the weather station which is the only structure on the island. It is a small island, in the Coral Sea, inhabited only by the 3 weather engineers and one crew member. It was built in 1921, and continues to serve an important purpose for Australia, providing information twice daily on weather, storm warnings, radar. It is home to many bird and marine animals, including frigate birds and red-footed boobies! The staff of 4 rotates in for 6 months, then is replaced by another team of 4 for 6 months. When the teams rotate in/out, they also bring in 6 months supply of food. It has a desalination plant for fresh water, and has a helicopter pad to support rescue missions at sea for ships in distress. Quite amazing. We spent about an hour beside this small island, with our ship’s reef pilot chatting with the chief weather engineer on the island, over the ship’s public address system. It was so interesting.

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At noon we went to a complimentary wine tasting provided for members of the Captain’s Club (frequent cruisers with Celebrity). We sampled four wines, which were quite tasty.

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The rest of the day was fairly routine, dinner in the BLU Restaurant and cocktails with the ‘new cruise friends’.

October 24

The morning was fairly routine; In the afternoon we attended a concert with Nikki Bennett, featuring the Helen Reddy story and her songs. We had seen this show on the previous cruise, but enjoyed it so much that we went back to hear it again. Fabulous!

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And look how popular her show was...

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Just before dinner we threw a little party for a delightful couple from Brisbane, who we had ‘befriended’ on this cruise. They were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary, so Sharon and I threw a little surprise party for them, with some of our ‘new cruise friends’. They were so moved by this expression of friendship! It was fun and the bartenders at the Martini made a special martini flight for them.

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That evening we attended the Aussie Boys Show in the theatre, a very lively show featuring some popular songs.

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The final activity for the day was a special welcome by Captain Alex Popodopolous for Captain’s Club members. He has been such a fun Captain, so popular with his staff and cruisers that he has a facebook page and is on instagram!

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And that’s a wrap on October 23 and 24; more to come. Carol on the go....

Posted by carolonthego 01:16 Archived in Australia Tagged sea island red alex wine tasting captain days boobies helen footed reddy willis

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