I seen a great deal in the paper called THE BIG DEAL. There were cruise ship specials on. I was excited, as I have never been on a cruise ship before. I have seen the movie Titanic so many times and I have always wanted to go on a cruise ship and be like Rose from the movie. 🙂
Booked the tickets for Russ (boyfriend) & I. Was lucky to get tickets because the deal was nearly over. Was meant to be I say!
27th of September 2015
Bags packed and were ready to go. We an’t far from the Fremantle Port so took our Luggage right over to the Ship. Excited and nervous, my hat flew off my head from the wind…
… “oh well Let’s just forget about it and hop on the ship!” I said with no stress as I can always buy a new hat 🙂
ALL ABOARD 5pm ‘Legend of the seas’ set sail and we had some fantastic views as we leave Fremantle. This is it, finally on a ship that I have dreamed of.
28th of September 2015
We sail overnight and land in Geraldton, Australia. We definitely felt the temperature rise as we head out of the ship to look around and see what Geraldton has to offer. Funny how it was a public holiday and all the shops were closed. But we went into a lovely cafe near the ocean to have a cuppa coffee.
Sun was beaming down and I definitely felt it on my head. Russ wanted to go up to the look out on top of the hill. I say “Wicked, but I need a hat for the hike haha”. We purchase a hat and away we go. Had great views from the top and then decided to head back down and head to the ship as we were hungry and seen what we wanted to see.
29th – 30th of September 2015
We set sail heading north and have two days at sea till our next destination. Having all the food you can eat, the theater and other activities on the ship. There was no way you could get board.
Having dinner on the ship was my fave, eating a three course meal and in a fine dinning restaurant was exquisite. Felt like Rose off Titanic movie once again. 😉
1st of October 2015
We arrive in Port Hedland. Our Itinerary said Broome, But the tide wasn’t right to port there. So Port Hedland it is, and what a place to stop haha.
Port Hedland is a mining town in Australia. All I seen as I look out from the ship was Orange dust over machinery and buildings. But on the bright side.. I got to see a mining town for the first time. Also felt how hot Australia is up north.
2nd of October 2015
Set sail heading north up to Indonesia. So we say goodbye to Australia. It fascinates me of how the ship glides through the water carrying a rough guess of 2000 passengers on board, as we see nothing but ocean ahead of us.
3rd of October 2015
We are now in Benoa, Bali. I can already smell the air is different and the feel of the heat is different also. All ready with our sunscreen on and sunny’s to see what Bali has in store. First impressions wasn’t the best as we got hassled with the taxi drivers and haven’t even entered into the main town yet.
Bali has a nice feel once you get into the country more. Bartering was another thing I’m not use to and Russ helped me out with a dress I was purchasing. I have Bartered before, but this was different as everything was so cheap AU$10. I didn’t feel I needed to Barter. That’s how they do business I guess.
So Russ and I had a lovely day just looking around and I got a dress and a wallet for real cheap. Russ got some undies hehe. The Taxi ride back to the ship wasn’t any better from the first taxi. quite rude to Russ but we learnt that you just have to be blunt. They keep wanting more money.
On a happy note… definitely coming back to Bali sometime as they do have some nice people and super cheap clothing 🙂
4th of October 2015
We head out to sea overnight and land in Lombok, Indonesia. We figured getting another taxi would be another mission. So we head out on foot, going down a random path that took us through one of there villages and really seen how the locals lived.
I got a culture shock as the children were running up to us asking for money and touching us. I just felt so sorry for them. So Desie (myself) having a cry about it and we decided to go down another path. Now I’ve traveled through Europe, I do know there are different cultures around the world. I didn’t realize Indonesia had little money. But they are doing just fine, they still have food and water. I know that now.
Over all, great experience and I don’t think I will be returning to Lombok any time soon. We did only see one part of Lombok though! 🙂
5th – 8th of October 2015
Three days out at see and it starts to get this smokey haze in the air. It’s that time of year ‘Indonesia burn off’
Here’s a link that tells you all about it, click here» Indonesia Burning
There are widespread forest fires in Indonesia almost every year during the dry season, but this year’s are proving particularly devastating, destroying vast tracts of jungle and blanketing neighbouring countries in toxic smog
As we were sailing through the smog got right up to Thailand, right through Malaysia and down to Singapore. Made the view look very dull of just this smokey haze in the distance. That didn’t stop us for having A great time on board and off :-).
LET’S ROCK AND ROLL! We went and did a few things on the ship while at sea. theater shows was one of my faves. I was in my element as dancing is my thing and I really want to be up on stage one day performing my talent. It will happen because I’ll make it happen. 😉 There was dancing classes also!!
Lot’s of fun on the ship. Water bomb challenge, Sushi teaching, steam room, gym, hair seminars, posture seminars, pampering, casino, party’s. You can really make it your own holiday with everything happening on board. And if there is a moment where you got nothing to do…. excellent, just relax and read a book. It is a holiday and you are aloud to chill. I finished one book which I highly recommend if your into meditating and knowing more about the human mind. It’s called “Hurry up and Meditate” by David Michie.
8th of October 2015
Travelling for three days at sea, we were ready to hop off our next destination which is Phuket, Thailand. Super excited as we booked a tour on the ship to go island hopping.
I was loving the look of the ocean with nice crystal blue water. Got some wicked photo’s of the cave and amazing beaches. Islands we went to were, Phi Phi, Bamboo and Khai. One of Leonardo DiCaprio’s movies ‘The Beach” had some scenes at the Phi Phi Island we went to and OMG it was fully packed of people. Few quick photo’s and hop back on the boat.
First time snorkeling and I was so nervous as I can’t swim. But I put on the life jacket and have a quick dip before putting on the snorkel. I have to say I have no idea why I was so worried. I had a fantastic time, it felt like a different world under water seeing all the tropical fish. such nice colours the fish have. The corals colour however is evidence of our pollution going into the ocean.
A staggering amount of waste – much of which has only existed for the past 60 years or so – enters the oceans each year.
Here’s a link to have a look at, on more about this subject. WWF Marine Pollution
Also this link here is a good article on climate change to the Coral. Coral bleaching
9th of October 2015
We arrive in Langkawi, Malaysia. I’m starting to get use to the heat and stickiness while applying sunscreen on every day and this is day 12 on our cruise.
I absolutely love this island Langkawi. Such a nice feel to it, even though it still had those squatting toilets haha. Which are better in a way as it’s best for the bowel to be in a squatting position. Another funny thing they had was a hose in the toilets for cleaning the bottom. I didn’t use it though… I will do next time 😉
Had a nice beer at this bar down by the beach and had a look around the island. Russ and I said we could see ourselves living there.
10th of October 2015
Now we are in Port Klang, Malaysia. It takes a two hour drive to get to Kuala Lumpur and by the time we hopped out of the ship, we didn’t want to wait in a taxi for that time. So we went into Klang town to see little India that had good reviews on tripadvisor. It definitely felt like we were in India that’s for sure with the curry smells and music playing. So we just looked around and went to a nice park up top of this hill.
Next time we will get to Kuala Lumpur and do a tour!
11th of October 2015
We arrive at our final destination, Singapore!! It was a big goodbye to the people we met and to the ship itself ‘Legend of the seas’. We had a awesome time relaxing and for myself seeing a taste of Asia for the first time.
Two words to describe Singapore, Clean and strict. Fines for not flushing toilets to gum being illegal. Strict laws but it makes there city so clean and slick.
We had a flight that night so we had a quick look around. High buildings and a lot of green trees also. Nice views but still had that smog from Indonesia. Made me laugh, hardly anyone was outside and they are all in malls getting shelter from the hot sun with air conditioning. Another fun fact is they have seven meals a day to get energy up as it does get pretty hot and I have to say there food is amazing!
Singapore is an awesome place. A place to go back and see more of. 🙂
Changi Airport time. Massive airport, it’s apparently the biggest airport in the world and I can see why. Then flew home to Perth, Australia
What a Trip with some fun memories with my man Russ♥