Grand Asia Eden and Beyond

Day 19 – November 13, 2012 – Eden, Australia

A lovely stop. A little piece of paradise… a camping area, a retirement community. The people rolled out the red carpet for us! They were out clipping hedges along the walk ways, visiting with us, welcoming us to their home. We loved it! We only had a few hours, but we enjoyed the cool, cloudy day… made our way to the boardwalk along the lake to see the black swans, then along the beach – another gorgeous strip of sand and surf.

Eden View
Grand Asia – New Zealand

Day 20 – November 14, 2012 – At Sea

Truly… we loved Australia, and it was a bit sad to leave it behind. No worries… Holland America to the rescue!


This was a magnificent day. It began out on the Lido deck with special solar eclipse viewing glasses and coffee – bundled up in sweats and hoodies.

Our Guys

Today we had Viennese Waltz lessons, then had to hurry on down to the Wajang Theater for our theme movie, “First Knight”. It was Medieval Night on the ship, so the place was decorated with royal crests, and our crew was decked out in shining armor. Another beautiful formal night on the Amsterdam – Gary in his tux, I in my new green blouse from Singapore – G dining on steak, I chose lobster. Another evening of photos and dancing. And a spectacular show for us… I consider it a consolation prize for having to say goodbye to Australia… a performance by Melissa Manchester! “Midnight Blue”, “Through the Eyes of Love”, “Don’t Cry Out Loud”… we were treated to a really wonderful night of music.

Formal Night

Day 21 – November 15, 2012 – At Sea

Oh we love the sea days. Late breakfast, reading and writing, more Viennese waltz lessons, a fun question & answer session with Melissa Manchester. Another delicious supper, more dancing, and one incredible show tonight! “Ash & Mike”… two young men from Australia – amazing musical talent and energy. Loved, loved, loved their show. Another perfect day.


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