Sunday, 17 December 2017

Golden Princess - December 2017 - Post 1

 I rejoined, yet again, Golden Princess on November 28th. for her repositioning voyage to Melbourne (unusually, a leisurely two days at sea, down the coast) before her first Melbourne based cruise for this season, which I stayed aboard for. As always, the service was excellent, the food very good and the ship comfortable. We had hot, sunny weather with calm seas for most of the voyage. Coincidentally, I bumped into a colleague and a true gentleman from my JDE days, Charles Hughes on board. Charles and I worked together on and off, in Australia and Japan, for about twelve years and I hadn't seen him for nearly twenty years since. It was great to catch up. Another great cruise.

Late afternoon sailing from Sydney on November 28th.

As a lovely surprise, Maitre d' Carlos Justina organised this beautiful dinner for me, prepared by a Goanese chef.

Calm, evening seas between Sydney and Melbourne.

Sailing from a rainy Melbourne after the first turnaround for the season, December 1st.

These musicians, by far the best on the ship in my book, are from the ship's orchestra and occasionally played jazz in the bars and Atrium.

Mare, New Caledonia from my balcony.
A hot morning in Vila.

Berthing at Noumea with the tug standing by.
A hot day in Noumea.

Arriving at Champagne Bay, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu.

Tendering ashore. 

Two of the Front Desk staff heading ashore for duty on the jetty.

Although I'm not generally a beach person, Champagne Bay is probably my favourite South Pacific stop. Warm, crystal clear water, beautiful sand, cold beer and fresh lobsters available and gorgeous scenery.

It was another hot day in Luganville, Vanuatu - I stayed aboard.

Back in Melbourne on December 15th - a warm, sunny day this time.

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