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We are sailing, we are sailing...

Sunday morning, I had to wake up early to get a replacement camera. So it was a mad rush to the Funan shopping centre to pick a decent model before we had to leave at 11:30. After a bit of hunting around, I decided on a Canon A75, but becuase I was feeling slightly frivolous, I bought an adapter that could take standard 58mm lenses and a 2x optical lense. Then it was a run back to the hotel, where I had left Heather packing for the next leg of our holiday.

We arrived at Singapore port and headed to the checking in counter. Neither of had completed an overseas cruise before (except a 3 day mini-cruise to Spain that I did years ago, but that didn't count), so it was quite unnerving when we had to hand over our passports, never to see them again (so we thought). We eventually boarded the cruise liner and found our rooms: An ocean-view state room with balconey on level 10 on the starboard side of the ship. There was a slight hiccough with the beds as they were separate, however a quick phone call to reception fixed that. We kept the single quilts though, that way Heather couldn't keep pinching the covers :) A bonus with our room was that we had a tv that could pick up the ESPN Star, which was the station showing the next England qualifier. Woo hoo!!! I left various notes around the room to remind me, and set my alarm watch. I was not going to miss this game for anything...

Not long after leaving port, we had the mandatory abandon ship drill: we all dressed in life jackets and basically looked wallies, while the crew took us through the procedure should we happen to run in to an iceberg. In the evening we ate at the on-board Japanese restaurant and explored the ship in detail. It was very pleasant, but reminded me slightly of Butlins. Especially with the tannoy announcements.

Posted by jefranklin 10:51 Archived in Singapore

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