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Jul 29, 2019 - Day at Sea

Another day at sea, relaxing and enjoying all the onboard activities. Children enjoying the kids club activities and we have enjoyed the live music onboard and relaxing with our kindles. Weather still beautiful and lovely calm seas. Yesterday Gabby attended the arts and craft session to make Gatsby headbands for the Gatsby themed evening onboard the ship (see photos!).

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Jul 27, 2019 - Day 2 - Cairns - Scenic train to Kuranda and skyrail over rainforest

Fun day trip in Cairns today. Took scenic historic railway up in to the rainforest town of Kuranda, passing by beautiful viewpoints over waterfalls high up over Cairns. Spent some time exploring Kuranda before taking the cable car back down with two stops along the way to capture the stunning views over the deep rainforest valleys and waterfalls.

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Jun 24, 2019 - Cairns - UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, Staying in Cairns gave us time to slow down dramatically, relaxing and enjoying warm weather something which seems to be missing in winter down south where we normally live. Whist not overly warm at night the days are beautiful, shorts, and tee shirts with a light sweater at night. We planned on doing a few things here which so far is going to plan not hard when we don’t plan too much. A visit to Palm Cove, basically an apartment holiday area, the Kuranda Skyrail and return by heritage train, good look around the city of Cairns,...

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Jun 17, 2019 - At Cairns - UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, Now back on the coast in Cairns for an extended stay, on the way stopping off at Hughenden, Charters Towers and Ingham (which is on the coast before you get to Cairns. Hughenden was again a small country town but Charters Towers was such bigger as its background and economics was gold but now is mining in general. Ingham is in the sugar country, the crop is ready to come in and is in flower a beautiful sight of green cane with a silver top, from a distance a blanket of silver. As we drove eastward from Julia Creek the landscape...

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Apr 1, 2019 - Cairns, Australia

Sailed for two days along the coast from Darwin to Cairns. Captain came on this am to let us know that we are going to get into Cairns a little late. He had to slow down as they use sea water to cool the engines and the temp of the sea was too warm so we had to slow down and we had heavy head winds last night. Just going out on a walkabout around Cairns now.

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Oct 29, 2018 - The Great Barrier Reef

After Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the state of the Northern Territory, we flew to Cairns in the state of Queensland. I forgot to mention before, Qantas still feeds you on flights over 2 hours! So civilized! Upon arrival in Cairns we had a transfer up to Port Douglas. The drive was beautiful. It was called the Pacific Highway and rivaled our own Pacific Coast Highway in California. Stayed at the Ramada resort outside of town. Just so so. Pretty property. Like a rain forest which the area is in. We walked about three miles on the beach into town....

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Jul 18, 2018 - Mission Beach and Cairns

It has almost been three weeks and all is going well, the only mishap so far has been a stone chip in the centre of the windscreen on the driver's side. O'Brien Glass said it was too big to repair whereas a local company did a great job and only charged $65. We are lucky to be here this time of year as it is outside of marine stinger season. Funny to think all this glorious coastline and you take your life in your hands six months of the year. The bad news is there are crocodiles all year round, however good news you don't have to worry...

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Jul 15, 2018 - Great Barrier Reef

We reached Cairns (pronounced cans) where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. We had planned on staying here for three days but ended up staying six days as this place has a lot to do and the weather was superb! Plus, we both needed a city “fix” as most of our trip to this point has been in outback and rural areas with only small towns. We hiked, went bicycling, toured a super interesting botanical garden, went to a great aquarium, and best of all we snorkeled two different sites on the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is farther from...

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Apr 14, 2018 - fly to Cairns

Ever since we crossed the International Dateline, we haven’t been ourselves. We go to bed before 10 and rise before 6. That’s just not the way we normally live, but there is so much to see and do, we try to cram in as much as possible. We probably will never be here again and especially at a special spot like Uluru. We rose before dawn to travel to the sun rise viewing platforms to see the new day arrive on the rock. We were on the other side of Uluru from where we saw the sun set and there were far fewer people. For me it was a more...

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Mar 22, 2018 - Cairns - Day 1

Cairns is a coastal town that has many backpackers and Asian tourists. From what I understand many Australians don't stay there, but go to nicer places up the coast. But we did not have a rental car and public transit was pretty much non-existent. Plus the hotels are only about 15 minutes away from the airport. It made for a decent base camp for our tours. The hotel (Il Palazzo) was decent and the staff were friendly and helpful. It was right in the heart of things and one block from the water. There were two problems with the hotel room....

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Feb 16, 2018 - Cairns Australia

History: Queensland”s seaside resort town, Cairns, pronounced Cans is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,stretching 1,400 miles can’t describe the beauty. Interesting beaches lined with red boxes that house VINAGAR for relief from jellyfish stings and signs that warn of crocodile attacks, yep and the sharks are all around you. We swam in the ships pool.

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Feb 16, 2018 - Cairns, Great Barrier Reef

Hot and bright sunshine today for going to the Great Barrier Reef. The cruise dock in Cairns (pronounced Cans) is in a very nice waterfront area, next to the CBD (downtown) and casino. Another ship, Artiana, is parked behind us. The announcements from the Artiana sounded German as we walked by. The marina for our excursion boat is about ¾ mile down the waterfront. Its already 85 with 80% humidity. Good thing we are wearing our bathing suits as we are already dripping sweat walking to the boat. The boat is a 3 level Catamaran, similar to...

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