Friday, 30 September 2016

Dawn Princess - September 2016 - Post 1

On August 15th. I joined one of my favourite ships, Dawn Princess, in Fremantle for back to back cruises firstly to south east Asia and back, then to Sydney via northern Australia. I finally disembarked on September 27th. and flew home to Melbourne. As always, the highlights were consistently excellent, cheerful, friendly and efficient service in all the restaurants and bars, very good food, tasty with a wide variety and the overall welcoming ambience from officers and staff who always treat me like one of the family.

Early morning in Fremantle.

Approaching the berth at Port Kelang.

Other shipping at Penang.
I had lunch at the Penang Club. A pleasant spot to spend a few hours.

Alongside at Langkawi.
A rainy start to the morning, arriving at Phuket.

The food at the stalls on the wharf at Phuket is authentically local, very tasty and cheap. Always a favourite with the crew.

In Singapore I had lunch at the Singapore Cricket Club, a club affiliated with the Athenaeum Club in Melbourne.  A very enjoyable afternoon.

There are many of these Maersk Triple-E style ships built for various companies around Asian ports, This is at Phu My.

The Vietnamese pilot and ship's Master while berthing the ship at Phu My.
Local shipping.

Dawn Princess - September 2016 - Post 2

Early morning arrival at Laem Chabang, port for Bangkok and Pattaya.

From a restaurant in Pattaya.
Evening sailing from Laem Chabang.
At anchor off Ko Samui.

Second departure from Fremantle.

A bulkie arriving at Geradlton.
Berthing at Geraldton.

Broome, port of turquoise seas, big tides and spectacular sunsets.

The Broome pilot launch coming alongside to retrieve the pilot.

Dawn Princess - September 2016 - Post 3

Sailing past the Kimberleys at sunset.

Sailing from Darwin,

Arriving in Cairns.

P&O Australia's Pacific Aria (ex-HAL's Ryndam) already alongside.

Alotau, PNG.


At the Portside Cruise Terminal in Brisbane.
Late afternoon sailing down the Brisbane River.