Grand Asia Australia at Sea

Day 10 – November 4, 2012 – At Sea

Black and Gold

Today’s momentous occasion… the black and gold ball. Me in my dress of pewter-bronze (the closest I had to precious metal) and G in his tux with the tie to match me. Steak & Lobster, photos and dancing in the Queen’s Lounge. Steiff Teddy Bears in our room wearing Grand Voyage scarves.

Teddy Bears

Day 11 – November 5, 2012 – At Sea

Billy Joel tunes in the piano bar this morning. Tango & Fox Trot reviews at dance class. G is reading a book on Relo-Ville, and I’m reading a biography of Mark Twain. We passed through a gorgeous channel… tropical islands, white sand beaches. The sea has some swell. I don’t ever feel it.
Day 12 – November 6, 2012 – At Sea
It’s election day… but we’re on the other side of the dateline, so we wait. I got online and paid some taxes and insurances, and wrote e-mails regarding business, and got all stressed out. Ready for retirement when I get on these ships! I sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at the piano bar tonight, and enjoyed the other ‘acts’. People do love music on Holland America.

Day 13 – November 7, 2012 – Hamilton Island

Today we opted for a smaller outing to the “inner reef” rather than the Holland America excursion on the “outer reef”. Saved $400, but may have chosen poorly. Well… you couldn’t choose poorly. It was a beautiful day of snorkeling in a safe little bay off of an island near Hamilton. The water was cold, the coral was lovely, the fish were colorful and varied, and the jellyfish were plentiful! We had full skin suits and were happily safe.

Barrier Reef Bound

Hamilton Island is a pretty little resort island – the streets are large golf cart paths, and the whole place felt like an amusement park with a gorgeous tropical setting. It was a great exchange for Papua New Guinea, with a huge disappointment at the end of the day with an Obama win. We’re just in shock. Cried in the room, not in the mood for dining and dancing, but did go to the evening show of The Aussie Boys who lightened our load.

Hamilton Island

Day 14 – November 8 – At Sea

We’ve learned the Bolero – a beautiful dance. We’ve donned the satin blouse and the black bow tie. We’ve had more delicious food, and read more of our books.

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