Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
33Trip End May 01, 2013
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Our Valentine Ball was a very big event and the main lounge was completely transformed for the evening. Everyone dressed in their formal ware were dancing and enjoying the night away. The oldest couple married received a bottle of Champagne for being married 70 years and they looked great They were straight and he had a full head of hair as they danced time after time. They gave prizes for guessing the number of confetti in a glass and for people who were given certain card as we entered the room. We didn't win anything but it was fun to watch.
The ship arrives at 6am in the morning so doesn't leave much time for sleep.We caught the shuttle to Sydney and it brought us to the Marriott Hotel and some went in to use the internet while we walked to the circular quay to purchase a harbor cruise. We were taken to Fort Dennison which held prisoners in the early days, and now has a museum covering the prisoners coming to Australia and working off their sentence before they were set free. Next stop was Taranga Zoo, a zoo built on the side of a very large slope and you can take a tram to the top and walk through the exhibits going downhill all the time. That is the way we did it seven years ago, but we didn't get off the ferry this time We could see the intrepid walkers going across the top of the Harbor Bridge, for this they pay $350.00. The ferry next went to Shark Island, called appropriately enough because it is shaped like a shark. Surrounding Shark Island and on the mainland are beaches that have shark nets out to protect the bathers
We had never been to a Apple store before, but this one was a beautiful four story all glass building, and it was crowded with people on all levels. We asked a young lady as we entered who we had to talk with to answer my question, and we found out very quickly that the IPad will not accept a thumb drive so we could only transfer documents through I tunes and for word documents we would have to install word on the I Pad. That questioned answered we walked back to the Circular Quay, but the next ferry wasn’t until 45 minutes so we stopped at Rossini’s an Italian Restraint on the Quay and had a couple of beers. Then we jumped on the ferry and went to Darling Harbor, where we walked about three quarters of a mile to our ship. Totally exhausted we rested before diner and the night’s activity.
The following morning we had breakfast and headed back out on the shuttle to the city, where we headed to the Rocks, the site of Australia’s first European settlement
Catching the bus back to the ship we again rested before dinner. The diner was very good as usual; you really can eat your way into a larger size very quickly, so we try to exercise regularly. The entertainer that evening was a gentleman who entertained us on the QE2 seven years ago and he was just as good this time. Bill Thornton has had a rash for a number of months, and he saw a doctor before he left and the ships doctor as well, but he still has the rash and it was bothering him so he visited a Dermatologist in Sydney and he had to take two buses to get there, and he came away with four new prescriptions to take.
Today is a sea day and we went to the Gym had breakfast and did the laundry, now Mary Ann is at the hair dressers while I write the blog. Tomorrow we arrive in Tasmania and this will be our first time, so we have a tour to the zoo and hopefully we will see the Tasmanian Devil.