Asian Cherry Blossom Adventure


Well, we are into Day 5 already on our 42-day voyage to Asia and the Orient.  Leaving the Fisherman’s Grain Terminal, Port of Brisbane last Friday, we didn’t bother to stay on deck as we set sail and opted to eat instead!  For anyone who has not been there, let me just say that this is not the prettiest port in the world – so nothing to miss there.  Have heard rumours of a new Brisbane port to be built in a nicer location – bring it on!

Of more interest was arriving in Sydney last Sunday.  Unfortunately, we were unable to meet friends as we’d intended, but nevertheless stayed with our plan to take the 30-minute ferry across beautiful Sydney Harbour to Manly, one of the places close to my heart that I visited often when growing up in Sydney.


Manly Beach


Manly is one of Australia’s most loved, most frequently visited and most scenic sea-side tourist destinations.  Famous for its beach and harbour views.  Had a great day and managed to catch the Sunday market there as well.  The weather was sunny, not too hot – perfect for strolling up The Corso from the wharf to the beach.

Since then, we have been enjoying ourselves on board.  We have seen some very good shows and last night was our first formal.  Lots to do on sea days and the shops are busy.  Next stop – Darwin.



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