Fremantle, Western Australia
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The adventure begins Tuesday, 21 January 2019 when we fly to Perth to board the Sun Princess in Fremantle a few days later. The blog for the 2020 - Indian Ocean & South Africa Odyssey + Southern Australia Explorer cruises will be updated when we find free wi-fi and have a few spare moments. Please check regularly as multiple blogs might be uploaded on the same day.

Suva, Fiji - July 2015  Brisbane - June 2015

This adventure consists of two back-to-back cruises:

  • 2020 - Indian Ocean & South Africa Odyssey
    • Fremantle to Fremantle (> 28,000 km)
    • 46 night cruise, with 31 nights at sea
    • Visiting 13 ports across 10 countries:
      • 4 ports in South Africa, with 3 days in Cape Town
      • 3 ports in South East Asia
      • Stops in Seychelles, Tanzania, Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius.
  • 2020 - Southern Australia Explorer
    • Fremantle to Sydney (> 5,000 km)
    • 11 night cruise, with 4 nights at sea, visiting 7 ports in Australia
    • New ports include Albany, Port Lincoln, Kangaroo Island and Burnie.
  • Travelling over 38,000 km (including flights & road)
  • Sailing on the Sun Princess operated by the Princess Cruises line (that's her above during our 2015 - Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific cruise). With 2,000 passengers and 924 crew, refurbished Jul. 2018, the ship is 261m long by 32m wide and with 15 decks

2020 Indian Ocean Cruise

Tuesday 21 January 2020 - to Perth


After an easy Qantas flight, we arrived at Seashells in Fremantle early afternoon. A great location ... close to buses, supermarket, and, more importantly, a liquor store!



Wednesday 22 January 2020 - A tour of Perth CIty


Just for something different and to see where all the mega rich live, we caught the Captain Cook ferry along the Swan River to Perth. Wow ... some spectacular homes ... one valued at $57 million which the owners are about to demolish and another Tuscan inspired estate which no one knows the value of as it has never been sold!



We both had the opportunity to ring one of the 18 Swan Bells during our tour of the Bell Tower ... a specially built 82.5 metre high copper and glass campanile which houses 12 of the historic bells from St Martin-in-the Fields church in Trafalgar Square in London.


We then began David’s walking tour ... some of the highlights: Elizabeth Quay, Trinity Uniting Church, Kangaroos in the City, St George’s Cathedral, Government House, the Perth Mint, St Mary’s Cathedral, London Court and the old Fire Station.



A tour of the Perth Mint was very interesting. In October 2011, the most valuable coin in the world was created ... 80 cm in diameter and 12 cm thick and made of 1,012 kilograms of 99.99% pure gold. The coin is worth $1 million on face value and over $81 million by weight. The scales proved that Lyn is worth her weight in gold ... $4.2 million to be exact ... ha ha!


We thought Adelaide was the city of churches, but I think Perth must run a very close second. They were lovely, as were the beautiful heritage buildings and parks we passed along the way. The streets were not as busy as many other cities making for a very relaxed environment.


As we walked down St George’s Terrace we ran into one of David’s old airforce mates (Peter) ... it’s a small world! The Grosvenor Hotel was an ideal venue for lunch with our friends and after work drinks with Peter. We then enjoyed dinner at his home located half way between Perth and Fremantle.



Thursday 23 January 2020 - Rottnest Island


We had a great day on Rottnest Island (half an hour by ferry from Fremantle). The hop-on-hop-off bus provided the perfect vehicle to see a great deal of the island. 

  Dumb Asses


Peter, one of the many volunteers, was very helpful and knowledgeable. Approximately 10,000 quockas inhabit the island, however, we only saw a handful today. We did see lots of birds, New Zealand fur seals and lizards.


Thanks Marilyn, Ray, Sharnie and Max for a fantastic few days in Perth and Fremantle ... lots of sightseeing as well as plenty of laughs.



Friday 24 January 2020 - The Sun Princess


We booked this cruise over 21 months ago and the day has finally arrived to board. A quick check of the ship’s webcam showed the Sun Princess in Fremantle. With three cases, two backpacks, two ukuleles, a laptop, an SLR camera, two cartons of wine and one carton of soft drink, we headed for the port.


On arrival, the porters efficiently whisked our luggage and drinks away, and we were onboard before midday - fabulous.


After unpacking and attending the emergency drill, it was off to Deck 11 for the sail away.


All the photos from these few days


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Index of our major Blogs and Photos
Summary - 2009 onwards  

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

Blog - Jan 2020 to Mar 2020

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

Blog - Aug 2019 to Oct 2019


2018 - World Cruise on the Sea Princess
Blog - Jun 2018 to Sept 2018
  • 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
2016 - World Cruise on the Sea Princess   Sea Princess entering Sydney harbour - 28 Aug 2016
Blog - May 2016 to Aug 2016
  • 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
2014 - South East Asia on the MV Voyager  Sihanoukville - 01 March 2014
Blog - Feb. 2014 to Mar. 2014
  • 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
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21 March 2020

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