Whitsunday Islands Great Barrier Reef
Trip Start Jan 05, 2012
144Trip End Apr 29, 2012
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Queen Mary 2
No word yet from my mentor acknowledging receipt of my proposal, so I resent it. At work I was offered and accepted a promotion that will be in effect around the time we finish this voyage. I'm excited about that. I did not have enough time to call John because we needed to head out on our excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. The ship moored in the Whitsunday islands around 7:45AM this morning, surrounded by beautiful weather.
The boat ride out to the Great Barrier Reef took about 2 hours. At times the waters were choppy and some people got sick. We were fine, enjoying the sun and sites. We could see the Whitsunday islands along the way, most seemed unpopulated. The transporter boat moored along side a larger platform base where we were provided with snorkel gear and access to the water. The water was calm, clear and warm. Ideal for snorkeling.
Back on board, JoRina went to the Sail Away Party and I showered and dressed for dinner (elegant casual). I was able to talk with John, while getting ready for dinner, and share my good news about work. Dinner was delicious, and the conversation lively. We discussed our day ashore and plans for tomorrow, mixed in with cooking techniques. I skipped desert and met up with JoRina in the Atlantic Room. Beloge brought us coffee and tea while JoRina studied and I wrote this blog. He confirmed a story that a man paid Cunard $10,000 to put a red heart on the stack of QM2, and a banner proposing to his girlfriend. How romantic. The couple are not passengers, he proposed to her on Valentine's day in Sydney.
The ship has sailed and is lightly swaying on the sea. We plan to turn in early and get a good night's rest. That was the plan last night but although we were home by 10:30 we stayed up till 2. Tonight I am going straight to bed.