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Kuta and American Politics

During our cruise we had the pleasure to meet many lovely Americans. At the time of the cruise the very complex American presidential election process had just started and often the conversation with the Americans would inevitably venture to the Republican/Democratic candidate debate. I found the Americans to be extremely…
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Komodo Island

One of the joys of being on a large ocean liner is that they give you the opportunity to take it for spin, after a few donuts and attempted burn-outs, I returned the ship to its normal cruising speed. Seriously though with all the modern technology on such a large…
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Fine Dining and Darwin

On my three previous cruises I have never had a balcony. I had often thought that all you really did in your room was sleep and shower so I never really saw the need to pay the extra for a balcony. On this cruise though both Diane and I really…
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Laundry Wars and Life on Board

Life on board a cruise ship has its perils, and of the most treacherous of these dangers is the washing of ones clothes.  When there are 630 passengers sharing three washing machines, one of which is constantly broken, then tempers can be pushed to breaking point. Diane came into the…
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Port Douglas & Cooktown – A Humid Inferno!

The ship set sail from Cairns for the long voyage to Port Douglas. This leg of the journey felt like being on a bus and after sailing the 80 kilometres or so north to Port Douglas I half expected to see a Ship Stop sign and a passenger standing there…
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