Friday, 8 January 2016
09.01.2016 - 09.01.2016
Today's travel started at 07:00 when Natalie picked us up to transport us to the Canberra Airport. The next element was a flight from Canberra to Melbourne departed at 09:00 and landed about an hour later. A lengthy walk from one wing to another of the domestic terminal. About 40 minutes later we boarded the four hour flight to Perth. Along the way we turned the clock back three hours.
Reception by the Princess Representative was quite straight forward and once this batch of passengers was accounted for we boarded the bus to Fremantle. Our main luggage was handed over to the porter and we didn't need to handle it again. The temperature was an oppressive 37 °C and the bus wasn't much cooler. The trip lasted just over 30 minutes and our arrival at the Cruise Terminal coincided with a short sharp thunderstorm which helped cool the atmosphere but boosted the humidity.
The registration process was somewhat more complex than normal with the requirement to record out India Visa and the need to complete a Singapore entry document. After clearing Immigration our passports were collected to enable on-board processing. Found our cabin Plaza 229 and were surprised to see that our main luggage was already in the cabin !! Past experiences had the luggage arrive up to five hours later.
Quick trip to the Horizon Court for a late afternoon snack and back to the cabin to unpack the luggage. The Muster Drill was scheduled for 16:15 but was postponed for 30 minutes due to the late boarding of a number of passengers. We decided to check out our allocated table and wait-staff in the dining room. We were pleasantly surprised to find we were on a table for two, our preferred size. The waiters were pleasant and very prompt and for the first time we were asked if we wished to be served quickly or at leisure. What a great idea, as we dislike sitting at the table for what seems like an age between courses. It will be interesting to see how this turns out.
Finally got our gear unpacked but were unable to connect to the Internet, will need to sort that out tomorrow,
If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony