The Adventures & Misadventures of two Gadabout Girls..
28.3.17 - 30.3.17 35 °C
Ahoy There, Sailors...
First of all..
It's been a long time coming! The last blog we wrote was in the middle of last year.. and there has been plenty of adventures had: an around Queensland road trip in September with dearly beloved friends (Facebookers would have seen the goings-in!), our very first cruise with more old, dear friends in a quad room on a P&O boat in November, then a quieter Summer season, mainly because it was too hot to breathe let alone travel. Which brings us to another Cruise!
Now, for those of you who 'poo hoo' cruises, I am here to give you such an insight that will cause you to be more alarmed than ever! For those of you who are addicted to cruising, my insights will probably not cause you any lack of sleep..
Why go Cruising?
To be quite candid, we had never even considered a cruise until our friends, Keith & Elizabeth suggested it. We are definitely more the adventure on land types. I had travelled to England over 40 years ago on the Fairstar. It took nearly six weeks and all I saw for the first three was the toilet bowl and the wild windy decks where I was safe from the poisonous smokers. Jen gets sick on a rowboat. But, we set off to Papua New Guinea for 10 days with Travel Calm tabs and wrist bands and vomit bags. We didn't experience any discomfort (except for 'stretched belly syndrome': a common complaint onboard apparently!) We travelled P&O that time.. the bottom rung of cruise lines we have found out.. we knew it wasn't the top of the pile.. but the bottom! The best part of that cruise? Seeing places we could never get to by land: Milne Bay, Kitiva and Kiriwana Islands as well as Rabaul as well as spending time with our dear friends.
How did we get to be on this cruise?? Welll, how do you resist an offer of a flight to Singapore, 10 nights cruising to Ho Chi Min City & Na Trang in Vietnam, then Hong Kong, Okinawa Islands and arriving in Shanghai 11 days later with a flight home to boot!! All for a low, low price of $2500 each with an upgrade to a balcony stateroom.. see what I mean?
We are a little reticent to admit that, on the day before we flew out of Brisbane, we bought two new ports.. our "Travelling Light" originals were 35 litre capacity, we have doubled our volume to 70 litres and we are delighted. Knowing that we weren't going to be lugging our bags onto trains, buses and along crowded streets in search of our accommodation, we decided to splurge.. nothing more was added to the bags but everything now has room to breathe. Our flight from Brisbane to Singapore was superb. Qantas arranged for a new aircraft for us: more leg room, excellent inflight entertainment and the regular supply of food was ridiculous; 8 hours of flying pleasure.
Singapore: much more than sweating, shopping and slings
Singapore Zoo: a rare experience
Gardens by the Bay: a wonder of the natural and man made world
We wanted to come back to Singapore mainly to revisit this remarkable place. Photos just don't do it justice: millions of lush flowering plants in huge domes as big as a few football fields, incredible massive 'trees' adorned with more plants, hectares of walking tracks around lakes.. and the light show was... can't think of a word!!
So when do we talk about THE CRUISE??
Delayed gratification, it's called. just you wait for the GADABOUT GIRLS' GANGWAY GOSS..
.... there'll something for everyone!!