Carnival Spirit – 8 Day cruise

Just got back today from a cruise on Carnival Spirit. We went for 8 days and it was good cruise. Had a good time, got to relax a bit and see a few ports I’ve seen before. Will be posting more pictures from the trip in the coming week, however below is a quick tease.

Captured this one from Noumea, where the Spirit docked in the Freight Terminal, as it cannot fit into the Passenger Terminal.


Freight Terminal - Noumea
Freight Terminal – Noumea

I’ve parsed the photo via a filter to give the picture a miniature look.

Voyager of the seas – Sydney 2 night sampler cruise

My wife surprised me with a 2 night sampler cruise on Royal Caribbean Voyager of the seas.

We had a wonderful time without the kids, and my mother took the kids while we were gone, so that was good too.

Below is some pictures from the trip;

In addition, if you’d like to see some of the daily planners from the trip you can access them from below, as I brought them home and scanned them so others could see.

Daily Planner – 07 Nov 2013

Daily Planner – 08 Nov 2013

Along with some other documents we got on board.

Voyager of the seas – The officers and staff onboard (Nov 2013)

Portofino Menu (07 Nov 2013) – Specialty Restaurant onboard

Voyager of the seas – As you arrive (07 Nov 2013) – Map

The ship is to have a refit on its way back to the US for next season, so when it comes back to Australia next year it will have only had one season in the US post the refit. I’d hope they put some Australian power points, as from the pictures you will see that our room had 2 x US based ones, which is not a big deal, just take a converter and ensure you only use power bricks that do dual voltage (most modern stuff does). If you forgot, you can loan one from room stewards as request, although don’t forget to return it as it will incur a charge.

Port Stephens – Day 5

Have fallen a bit behind in the posting of pictures, however today is day 5 and I do have time to post a couple of pictures from today.

Whales seen to be at play from the look out called the Summit.
Wonderful view of Shoal Bay from the walking track heading up to the summit.
Looking towards Fingal Bay. If you time the tides right you can use the sand bar to cross, but time it wrong and you won’t get back.

Carnival Cruises – Steakhouse menu

We are booked on another cruise in 2014 with Carnival and thought this time we might try the Steakhouse, since both our kids will be able to attend kids club.

We didn’t know what was on the menu, so with the help of someone who recently went on a cruise who captured a copy of the menu at the time, we’ve been able to see what possible items might be on the menu when it comes around. Thanks to Phill Sutton for providing the pdf scans.

If you’d like to see it also, you can download/view it by clicking on the PDF image below;

Back from Holidays in Victoria, Australia

Just got back from holidays. We spent a week in Victoria, actually Rosebud to be exact.

Had a wonderful time, will post pictures in the next few days, need to sort out a large number of tasks around the house. Namely wash the car, clean it inside. Will also need to mow the lawn and get a few other things done first.

It’s good to be home and have some decent internet connectivity again. Certainly do miss the ability to do the odd reading of news feeds etc.

Apple Time Capsule Failure

Arrived home from holidays to find my Apple Time Capsule which was purchased in April 08 to be dead. It has no functional L.E.D.S.

Not impressed at all, as the didn’t last long. It was purchased with 2 machines that both had extended warranty, so my theory is it too should be covered, as Apple Displays purchased with machines that have extended warranty is typically covered.

Will soon find out, once I call Apple Australia tomorrow. If the unit is NOT replaced, then I won’t be replacing it. As I am not impressed that the next one would last outside an 18 month period.

EDIT: I am told it’s not covered. So a $700 item purchased in Apr 2008 has died outside of the 12 months warranty. Not impressed. Won’t be buying another.

Back from holidays

The lack of updates in recent weeks was due to holidays, my wife and I did a 16 night cruise out of Sydney and it concluded today.

We arrived back in Sydney around 7am today, we then got home about 10:30am or so.

I’ll be doing a few back dated blog posts, so that more information can be posted about various destinations we visited, along with pictures.

Stay tuned.