March 1,2,3,4, 2012 – The Great Barrier Reef to Indonesia
Leaving Cairns, we spent the next few days sailing through the Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately it was overcast for most of the trip so we had grey skies and steel blue water instead of the aquamarine blue to which we had been accustomed.
We passed the northern tip of Australia between Australia and Papua New Guinea and could see some military defense installations, probably left over from WWII.
Sally and I were invited to cocktails and dinner with the Captain, one evening. On this long voyage, this honor is spread around so that everyone eventually enjoys this special evening. The dinner was held on one of the “formal” nights in the Pinnacle Grill, which is the specialty steakhouse on the ship, and was a nice evening. Perhaps 50 people attended, with a ships officer at each table. The Captain made a brief talk and circulated around the room, speaking with each table. The officer at our table was one of the officers in charge of housekeeping and was a young lady from India – it was her first time to host a table at the dinner, and her conversation was quite interesting. A nice evening.
The ship held a two day golf tournament, with Sally winning third place! A fun event!