Day in Brisbane
16 May 2019 | Brisbane
Woke up around 7:30 and it was light already. Sea Princess docked up the Brisbane River at 7 am. I'm sure many people got off already for their tours. We downloaded apps and videos since our Telstra Phone coverage was working here. Got showered and dressed and headed to Deck 5 Dining room for breakfast. I had some cooked apple slices along with fried eggs and bacon, plus a bran muffin for my breakfast, along with lemon water. Mark had apple danish, eggs, bacon and hash browns with his coffee. We had a small table by the window and no one joined us. There were not many people in the dining room at all. Once done, I made a stop at the Pursers desk. I wanted to let them know that our toilet failed yesterday, but our balcony looked like someone was painting and dropped white paint on our chairs. As well as some very bad rust on the edge and I was afraid to go near it and get it on my clothes. By the time we walked up to our cabin, the room steward was not only cleaning our balcony after being on open ocean with salt spray, but he was prepping the room to clean up the rust. So, we did an about-face and headed to another area of the ship to let him work. When we got back the balcony looked much better. We also had a follow up call from the ship to make sure we didn't have any other concerns. The rust spots are not quite gone, but at least it's better. Then we got ready and headed off the ship. Mark checked Google Maps for some shops a few blocks away. Not sure why they haven't added a whole lot more stores in this area. It's mainly restaurants and trust me, we have all the food we could desire on the ship. We were tied up at the edge of the Brisbane River. There was quite a bit of construction going on in the area. I told Mark that I didn't even see any security to keep unwanted vehicles from coming close to the ship. I guess they are not worried about that. We have a patrol boat on the water side of the boat, making sure boats don't come clear. We did a lot of walking and found a few things like spare batteries, that we didn't bring with us. They are lacking in tourist shops close to our dock. I really expected to see a lot more. We did see people wheeling in several casks of wine. Not sure if they are charged a fee for them or not. We brought one with us and no one said a word. The only traffic on the river has been the ferry boats going back and forth. Our temperature was nice and warm this morning, reaching a high of around 23C or more. At least while we were walking, I had to take off my sweater. We walked back to the ship and had a late lunch on Lido Deck. They did have a lot of choices on their buffet. Everything from fish, veal, chicken, beef and all kinds of sides to go with them. Then they had a section with sandwiches, which they heat up in the panini press. Lots of fresh salad items and fresh fruits as well as a full array of desserts. We don't want to eat anything that is sugar free. I am still waiting for a piece of cheesecake. We headed back to our cabin and had a rest while we updated our files and did some research in our upcoming stops. We do have a tour booked for the Komodo Dragon National Park on our next stop, which will be in a week or so. Other than that, we have to look at the tours available in each place. Some of our fellow guests said they like to do the Hop On Hop Off Buses in most cities and check them out. Was posting pictures on Facebook and realized that I didn't take too many pictures yesterday. Plus, we haven't even seen all the different decks. Headed to the very bow of the ship and took some pictures. Anita offered to take our photo, which was so nice. She told us a lot about the tours that they had booked. Will see if there is any way to join them. We commented on the gray clouds and then all of a sudden we got a light rain. We climbed up the set of stairs and got out of the rain, but could not get into the Lido deck as there was a posted sign on the door. We just waited for a couple minutes and the rain ended. We continued our walk around front and back of the ship on our deck. Lots to see. Including a basketball court. Mark and I tossed some balls, attempting to put them in the hoop. I think we are out of practice. It was fun.
Headed back to our room. Will post today's blog. I will continue to create the daily blogs while we are on the water. Our next stop may not have wifi so we will update when we get to Singapore. We did not have to participate in today's Ship's Safely Meeting. It was only for the newcomers on the ship today. Many passengers got off this morning. Someone said we had around 1500 passengers and it may be a bit higher of a number. We have met a lot of very nice cruisers on this ship. Thanks for your emails and messages. We tried to make a few phone calls today. Dinner is coming right up.