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Welcome from David and Lyn.

The format of our site is in three parts:

  1. Blog server - our day-to-day travel blogs (this website)
  2. Photo server - some of our key photos
  3. YouTube channel - our videos (many linked directly from our blogs)

The site includes hundreds of searchable travel blogs. A few of our longer joint trips include (any booked future travels are in red):

 

Antigua, 2012  Montego Bay, 2013  Manta, 2013  Zanzibar, 2020

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Best regards

David and Lyn
e-mail: brizzy@outlook.com.au

Ballroom Blitz, 2017  Formal night, 2020  Australia Day, 2020  Belize, 2013

Cruise countdown

Links to major adventures

 
   

2020 – Indian Ocean & South Africa Odyssey + Southern Australia Explorer

Blog - Jan 2020 to Mar 2020
Photos

 

   
2019 - Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific cruise on the Sea Princess

Blog - Aug 2019 to Oct 2019
Photos

 

   
2018 - World Cruise on the Sea Princess
Blog - Jun 2018 to Sept 2018
Photos
  • Segment #1: Brisbane to Dubai - 19 Days
  • Segment #2: Dubai to London - 30 Days
  • Segment #3: London to New York - 20 Days
  • Segment #4: New York to Brisbane - 37 Days
   
2017 - Cherry Blossom cruise (a.k.a. China - Japan cruise)
Cherry Blossom cruise
Blog - March 2017 to April 2017
Photos
 
2016 - World Cruise on the Sea Princess   Sea Princess entering Sydney harbour - 28 Aug 2016
Blog - May 2016 to Aug 2016
Photos
  • Segment #1: Sydney to Dubai – 20 Days
  • Segment #2: Dubai to London – 35 Days
  • Segment #3: London to New York – 11 Days
  • Segment #4: New York to Sydney – 38 Days
  • Home Leg: Sydney to Brisbane – 2 Days
   
2015 - Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific cruise on the Sun Princess Samoa - 21 July 2015
Blog - Jul. 2015 to Aug. 2015
Photos
 
   
2014 - South East Asia on the MV Voyager  Sihanoukville - 01 March 2014
Blog - Feb. 2014 to Mar. 2014
Photos
  • Leg #1 Treasures of Asia
  • Leg #2 Colours of the Indian Ocean
   
2012 - Caribbean cruise on the MV Voyager Montego Bay - 04 Jan 2013
Blog (by Lyn) - Nov 2012 to Jan 2013
Photos (by David and Lyn)
  • Leg #1 Voyage to the Caribbean
  • Leg #2 Caribbean Gems
  • Leg #3 A Tapestry of Central America
   
2011 – Far East cruise on the MV Discovery Shanghai - 08 Jan 2012
Blog (by David) - Dec 2011 to Feb 2012
Photos (by David)
  • Leg #1 Treasures of the Orient and Vietnam
  • Leg #2 Empires of the Sun
  • Leg #3 South East Asia and Australia
   
2010 - Caribbean cruise on the MV Discovery Chichen Itza - 21 Dec. 2010
Blog (by David) - Nov 2010 to Jan 2011 
Photos (by David) 
  • Leg #1 Discovery of the New World
  • Leg #2 Colonial Trails of the Caribbean
  • Leg #3 Tales of the Old Spanish Main
   
2010 – Paris D'Orsay - 17 Jan. 2010
Blog (by David) - Jan 2010
Photos (by David)
 
 
2009 - Grand Voyage of Discovery from Mumbai (India) to London on the MV Discovery
Blog (by David) - Mar 2009 to May 2009 Baalbek, Lebanon - 17 April 2009
Photos (by David)
  • Leg #1 India and The Persian Gulf
  • Leg #2 Red Sea and Eastern Mediterranean
  • Leg #3 Black Sea, Turkey and Greek Isles
  • Leg #4 European - mainly the Mediterranean
   
Amamoor Lodge - various years 
(including photography weekends)
Amamoor - 28 Dec. 2013
Blogs: Various
Photos: Amamoor Lodge B&BAmamoor birds
 
   
Post 2018 World Cruise get-togethers

Thursday, 25 November 2021 - Springwood, Logan / Brisbane

Great catch up with around 20 wonderful people. Lots of talk about future cruising with many booked on the 2023 or 2024 world cruises. Thank you Alison for organising and these photos:

  

    

Tuesday, 22 June 2021 - Springwood, Logan / Brisbane

A very good turn-out of 21 people for today's get together. It's been three years since the 2018 World Cruise and we are still catching up with these lovely people.

Friday, 01 Nov. 2019 - Springwood, Logan / Brisbane

Another fabulous catch up at the Lions Club in Springwood with around 23 people attending. So many wonderful people - it's like a big happy family.

  


Friday, 26 July 2019 - Springwood, Logan / Brisbane

It was a wonderful catch up with around 30 people today.  We caught up on the past 12 months and heard about the many awesome future adventures that people are planning.

Thanks Alison and Phillip for organising. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Saturday, 10 Nov 2018 - Sandgate, Brisbane

Around 40 people attended the first Brisbane post-cruise get-together in the Northern suburbs of Brisbane. A wonderful way to catch-up with the many friends we had made on the cruise. Unfortunately, no photos from today.

Friday, 26 Oct 2018 - Labrador, Gold Coast

John and Jan organised a post cruise catch-up on the Gold Coast attended by around 14 people. We also had a special guest, the World Cruise's Cruise Director Corey - who was in town for his birthday celebrations.

  

Reference:

Previous (Brisbane)  | 2018 - World Cruise | The End!

2022 - Europe River Cruise

Prague to Paris (23 Nights)

Echo mike Echo Romeo Alpha Lima Delta   
Delta Echo Sierra Tango India November Yankee

With Australia and New Zealand continuing to ban cruise ships, Princess last week have cancelled our planned 2022 world cruise. The rest of the world has successfully and safely recommenced, so we need to leave Australia if we are to cruise.

We have decided to do a 14-night European river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. This includes 3 nights at the beginning in Prague and six nights at the end in Paris.

  

  

The adventure begins 20 July 2022 when we land in the Czech Republic and spend three nights in Prague. We are then coached to Budapest, Hungary where we board the Emerald Destiny for our 14-night river cruise to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Travelling through Slovakia, Austria, and Germany on the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers. Then it’s a coach trip to Paris, France for six nights in the “City of Lights”.

This web page is the reference page for our blog for this trip and will be updated when we find a few spare moments. Please check regularly as multiple blogs might be uploaded on the same day. The same is true for the photos.

Prague to Budapest

Night Port of call Date
  Brisbane to Prague 20 July 2022
1 Prague 20 July 2022
2 Prague 21 July 2022
3 Prague 22 July 2022
4 Prague to Budapest 23 July 2022

Majestic Plaza Prague

Budapest to Amsterdam River Cruise

Night Port of call Date
  Budapest, Hungary 23 July 2022
1 Budapest, Hungary 24 July 2022
2 Bratislava, Slovakia 25 July 2022
3 Vienna, Austria 26 July 2022
4 Dürnstein - Melk, Austria 27 July 2022
5 Passau, Germany
(Salzburg, Austria)
28 July 2022
6 Regensburg - Kelheim, Germany 29 July 2022
7 Nuremberg, Germany 30 July 2022
8 Bamberg, Germany 31 July 2022
9 Würzburg, Germany 01 August 2022
10 Wertheim - Miltenberg, Germany 02 August 2022
11 Rüdesheim – Koblenz, Germany 03 August 2022
12 Cologne, Germany 04 August 2022
13 Amsterdam, Netherlands 05 August 2022
14 Amsterdam, Netherlands 06 August 2022

Amsterdam to Paris

Day Port of call Date
  Amsterdam to Paris 06 August 2022
1 Paris, France 07 August 2022
2 Paris, France 08 August 2022
3 Paris, France 09 August 2022
4 Paris, France 10 August 2022
5 Paris to Brisbane 11-12 August 2022

Les Jardins de Marais

Other key links:

  • Full list of blog pages (to be updated)
  • 2022 Europe River Cruise Photos

Reference:

Echo mike Echo Romeo Alpha Lima Delta   
Delta Echo Sierra Tango India November Yankee

2024 - World Cruise

Brisbane to Brisbane (110 Nights)

Charlie Oscar Romeo Alpha Lima    Papa Romeo India November Charlie Echo Sierra Sierra

Our expected 107-night 2022 World Cruise was cancelled in November 2021 due to Australian COVID-19 restrictions. Princess offered to transfer to the 110-night 2024 World Cruise on the Coral Princess for the same price and we accepted. Just over 900 days until embarkation.

Click to see full size map in new window

Coral Princess  Balcony cabin

The adventure begins Thursday, 02 May 2024 when we board the Coral Princess in Brisbane for the start of the 2024 - World Cruise and this blog. The blog will be updated when we find a few spare moments. Please check regularly as multiple blogs might be uploaded on the same day. The same is true for the photos.

Segment #1 – Brisbane to Civitavacchia

Day Port of call Date
Pre-cruise Brisbane catch-up #1 14 Mar 2021
Pre-cruise Brisbane catch-up #2 23 May 2021
Pre-cruise Brisbane catch-up #3 11 Jul 2021
1 Brisbane, Australia 02 May 2024
2-7 At Sea 03-08 May 2024
8 Benoa, Bali, Indonesia 09 May 2024
9-10 At Sea (equator crossing) 10-11 May 2024
11 Singapore, Singapore 12 May 2024
12-14 At Sea 13-15 May 2024
15 Colombo, Sri Lanka 16 May 2024
16-22 At Sea 17-23 May 2024
23 Aqaba, Jordan 24 May 2024
24 At Sea 25 May 2024
25  Suez Canal - Transit 26 May 2024
26 At Sea 27 May 2024
27 Heraklion, Crete 28 May 2024
28 At Sea 29 May 2024
29 Salerno, Italy 30 May 2024
30 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 31 May 2024

Segment #2 – Civitavacchia to Dover

Day Port of call Date
1 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 31 May 2024
2 Ajaccio, Corsica 01 Jun 2024
3 Barcelona, Spain 02 Jun 2024
4 At Sea 03 Jun 2024
5 Tangier, Morocco 04 Jun 2024
6-7 At Sea 05-06 Jun 2024
8 Cobh, Ireland 07 Jun 2024
9 At Sea 08 Jun 2024
10 Zeebrugge, Belgium 09 Jun 2024
11 Ijmuiden (Amsterdam), Netherlands 10 Jun 2024
12 At Sea 11 Jun 2024
13 Warnemunde, Germany 12 Jun 2024
14 At Sea 13 Jun 2024
15 Riga, Latvia 14 Jun 2024
16 Tallinn, Estonia 15 Jun 2024
17 St Petersburg, Russia 16 Jun 2024
18 St Petersburg, Russia 17 Jun 2024
19 Helsinki, Finland 18 Jun 2024
20 Nynashamn (Stockholm), Sweden 19 Jun 2024
21 At Sea 20 Jun 2024
22 Copenhagen, Denmark 21 Jun 2024
23 Aarhus, Denmark 22 Jun 2024
24 Kristiansand, Norway 23 Jun 2024
25 At Sea 24 Jun 2024
26 Dover, United Kingdom 25 Jun 2024

Segment #3 – Dover to New York

Day Port of call Date
1 Dover, United Kingdom 25 Jun 2024
2 Le Havre, France 26 Jun 2024
3 At Sea 27 Jun 2024
4 Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland 28 Jun 2024
5-6 At Sea 29-30 Jun 2024
7 Akureyri, Iceland 01 Jul 2024
8 Isafjordur, Iceland 02 Jul 2024
9 Reykjavik, Iceland 03 Jul 2024
10-13 At Sea 04-07 Jul 2024
14 Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia 08 Jul 2024
15 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 09 Jul 2024
16 Bar Harbor, Maine, USA 10 Jul 2024
17 Boston, Massachusetts, USA 11 Jul 2024
18 At Sea 12 Jul 2024
19 New York (Manhattan), USA (day 1) 13 Jul 2024

Segment #4 – New York to Brisbane

Day Port of call Date
1 New York (Manhattan), USA (day 1) 13 Jul 2024
2 New York (Manhattan), USA (day 2) 14 Jul 2024
3-4 At Sea 15-16 Jul 2024
5 Key West, Florida, USA 17 Jul 2024
6-7 At Sea 18-19 Jul 2024
8 Panama Canal - transit 20 Jul 2024
9 At Sea (equator crossing) 21 Jul 2024
10 Manta, Ecuador 22 Jul 2024
11-12 At Sea 23-24 Jul 2024
13 Lima (Callao), Peru (day 1) 25 Jul 2024
14 Lima (Callao), Peru (day 2) 26 Jul 2024
15 Pisco (San Martin), Peru 27 Jul 2024
16-19 At Sea 28-31 Jul 2024
20 Easter Island, Chile 01 Aug 2024
21-22 At Sea 02-03 Aug 2024
23 Pitcairn Island, Pitcairn Islands (scenic) 04 Aug 2024
24-25 At Sea 05-06 Aug 2024
26 Papeete, French Polynesia 07 Aug 2024
27 Moorea, French Polynesia 08 Aug 2024
28-32 At Sea (International Date Line) 09-14 Aug 2024
33 Auckland, New Zealand 15 Aug 2024
34 Bay of Islands, New Zealand 16 Aug 2024
35-36 At Sea 17-18 Aug 2024
37 Sydney, Australia 19 Aug 2024
38 At Sea 20 Aug 2024
39 Brisbane, Australia 21 Aug 2024

Other key links:

  • Full list of blog pages (to be updated)
  • 2024 World Cruise Photos

This trip is on the Coral Princess. Click to open a new tab of the current ship's bridge cam. The ship's current location is available on Vessel Finder and Sea Scanner. A recent view of the ship's bridge cam: (currently not working).

This adventure is expected to include:

  • 111 day Brisbane to Brisbane world cruise. Cruising over 34,000 nautical miles (or more than 1.5 times around the world)
  • Sailing on the Coral Princess operated by the Princess Cruises line (that's her above). With 2,000 passengers and 895 crew, the ship is 294m long and with 16 decks
  • Visiting 47 ports, including extended visitis to Aqaba (for Petra), Barcelona, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Cobh (for an Irish Australia Day celebration), Boston and Tahiti.
    • Spending a couple of days in St Petersburg, New York and Lima
    • New destinations include: Bali, the Greek island of Crete, France's Corsica, Ijmuiden (for Amsterdam) in Netherlands, Warnemunde (for Belin, Germany), Aarhus in Denmark, Kristiansand in Norway, Le Havre in France, Edinburgh in Scotland, two additional new ports in Iceland, Bar Harbor (Maine, USA), and hopefully this time Easter Island.

Some fun facts about our 2024 World Cruise

Crossing 3 oceans and at least 29 seas, including:

  • Pacific Ocean (north and south)
  • Indian Ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean (north only) “The Pond”
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Baltic Sea
  • Caribbean Sea - "Order of the Spanish Main"
  • Tasman Sea - "Crossing the Ditch"

Through at least 21 gulfs, straits, fjords and channels, including:

  • Gulf of Aden (aka "Pirate Alley")
  • Strait of Gibraltar - "Order of the Rock"
  • English Channel
  • Fjords: Eyjafjörður and Ísafjarðardjúp in Iceland - first time for all of these fjords

Into at least 13 canals, rivers, lakes, bays and harbours, including:

  • Suez Canal plus Great Bitter Lake - "Safari to Suez"
  • Panama Canal plus Gatun Lake - "Order of the Ditch"
  • Brisbane and Hudson Rivers
  • Sydney Harbour

Crossing five different major invisible lines, including:

  • Equator crossing (twice) - "Shellback"
  • Tropic of Cancer (twice) - "Ducking and shaving"
  • Prime meridian (three times)
  • International Date Line – westward for the "Domain of the Golden Dragon"

We will also be:

  • visiting Cobh for their wonderful Australia Day and party
  • returning to Halifax for the "Order of the Good Time"
  • completing a lap around the world - "Order of Magellan"

Reference:

Charlie Oscar Romeo Alpha Lima    Papa Romeo India November Charlie Echo Sierra Sierra

Amamoor and Gympie

08-11 October 2021

Photos only

Amamoor

  

Mary River, Gympie

  

    

Gympie city centre

    

  

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