Day 4. Christmas Day

Trip Start Dec 22, 2012
Trip End Jan 05, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Tasmania,
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Fine day 22 degrees.
We awoke for our first Christmas at sea at around 8am, so we could open our presents.
Very quick to open as we only had a couple of small presents each to open.
We headed off to breakfast in the restaurant. This was the first time we noticed any queues, as there was quite a large line to get into the dining room, obviously most people decided they wanted the restaurant rather than the buffet on Christmas Day.
Sarah then headed off to the casino with her bucket of cash, Darelle and I walked through the shops on the promenade, we had a wander around the ship, just watching what everyone was doing. We also went to Aussie slang trivia in Cleopatras Needle.
We have to move our clocks forward one hour to adjust for the time difference heading to New Zealand, so we are now 2 hours ahead of Brisbane time.
Went to the restaurant again for Christmas lunch. The lunch and tables were not set for Christmas as Americans have more of a celebration for dinner time, rather than lunch.
It was an awkward lunch as we had a family of Russians sitting at our table, who did not speak any English, so conversation was non existent.
After lunch we tried to contact family back home but for some reason, we could not make phone calls, SMS was all we could manage.
Went to the sports courts, to have a game of table tennis and watch the soccer tournament.
Wandered through the shops and onto the promenade for afternoon tea and Ben and Jerry's while Sarah had a sleep. Again.
It is starting to get very cold out on the deck as we get closer to New Zealand, too cold to really be out on the deck, so most people are inside the ship. Still don't notice there is 3500 passengers on board.
Tried to contact Katie but again no luck.
We got dressed for Christmas dinner and headed off to the restaurant, it is done up with Bon Bons and decorations. This is the first time it has really started to feel like Christmas Day.
Turkey is on the menu for main meal and plum pudding for dessert.
Dinner was very nice, it would have been better having all of the family present, but was still enjoyable.After dinner we headed off to the show to see John Taylor the Illusionist. Great show, well worth seeing.
After the show it is time for bed, so we retire for the night, we try to contact Katie again to wish her merry Christmas but can only leave her a message through viber and Facebook.
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