Thursday, 23 February 2017

Diamond Princess - February 2017 - Post 1

On 1st. February I flew to Singapore for 16 days aboard one of my favourite ships, Diamond Princess, around South East Asia. Before the cruise I spent 2 nights at the very comfortable Tanglin Club then after disembarking the ship back in Singapore I spent 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza hotel at Changi airport before flying home on 21st. February. Another most enjoyable trip.


A great flight with Singapore Airlines.

Keeping the Krug and Dom flowing.

The Tanglin Club.


Sailing from Singapore.


At Port Klang.


Penang.







Diamond Princess - February 2017 - Post 2



Back in Singapore for the day.


A favourite haunt of mine - the Singapore Cricket Club.





Arriving at Kota Kinabalu on a very hot morning.


River traffic at Phu My, Vietnam.
Crew boat drill.



Pre-dinner cocktail on my balcony, off the coast of Thailand.

Berthing at Laem Chabang, port for Bangkok.

At the bridge meeting prior to shifting berths in Laem Chabang.

The Senior Second Officer and me while I did a compass adjustment during the shift-ship.






Just prior to sailing from Laem Chabang.

At anchor off Phuket.

Diamond Princess - February 2017 - Post 3


My spacious and comfortable cabin.


With one of the chefs at the Elite Lounge pre-dinner hors d'ouevres selection. The large tray is full of smoked salmon.

With my wonderful table waiters, Reika from Japan and Julius from the Philippines.

Another lovely waiter, Miea, from Japan.

With the fabulous Elite Lounge team in Skywalkers.

My plane (on the right) back to Melbourne, Taken from my hotel room.

I like the old-Shanghai feel of this poster in Changi airport.

The superb Singapore Airlines lounge at Changi airport.



After a delicious lunch of champagne, caviar followed by fillet steak, time to close my cabin doors and enjoy a movie before arrival in Melbourne.
At the most Princess cruise days travelled awards  (I came in second!).

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Ruby Princess - November 2016

On 23rd, November I flew to Los Angeles to visit my friend Omar Silingardi, Director of Food and Beverage Services at Princess Cruises' head office in Santa Clarita, California. It was great to catch up, meet other people in the office  and have dinner with Omar and his wife, Cindy. After three very enjoyable days in Santa Clarita, I joined Ruby Princess in Los Angeles for a seven day California Coastal cruise. Another lovely ship with great service.

 


With Omar at Princess Cruises head office.
Having a most enjoyable dinner with Cindy and Omar at Santa Clarita.
Aboard Ruby Princess, about to sail from Los Angeles.




My very comfortable cabin with welcome aboard gifts on the left.
An autumnal afternoon in San Francisco.
Tendering ashore at Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara is a beautiful city.

In a wonderful bric-a-brac shop.
Early morning arrival at San Diego,
 




I had an interesting couple of hours touring USS Midway.


Sailing from San Diego.
At Ensenada, Mexico.
  
A late afternoon sea fog drifting across the port.
 

The ship's atrium.
 

 
My favourite lounge on the ship.


The wheelchair and walking frame parking lot outside one of the restaurants - not many teenagers on this cruise!

On the bridge.
 
 

The Maitre d' very kindly organised a private lunch for me with the senior officers. I felt very honoured.
The Captain and me.