Trip Start Jan 05, 2012
144Trip End Apr 29, 2012
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Where I stayed
Queen Mary 2
We were still approaching Bali, Indonesia as the day started. I checked in with work/school enjoying the connection with my students and the solitude of dawn. Around 7:30 JoRina woke up and called home. We were a day ahead of Hawaii, where it was Friday here it was Thursday there. The weather is warm and humid overcast in a foggy precipitation that lifted as the day progressed. The balcony was wet under our bare feet leaving footprints in the salty dew. We ordered tea/ coffee and fruit from room service. I drank a protein shake with my breakfast and felt good about getting the nutrition I needed.
By 9:00 the ship moored off of the coast of Bali. Passengers were provided with a written safety travel advisory associated with civil unrest activity in the country. JoRina was more concerned about this warning than I. As it was too late to book an excursion, we agreed to take the shuttle into town and decide then if we felt it was safe to take a taxi to more remote areas of Bali to see temples and sights. Cunard advises against taking the public bus so we opted to rule that mode of transport out. Kevin, our WC Concierge advised us that hiring a taxi for 5 hours should cost about $100. I exchanged $100. into local currency and kept it separate with the receipt to negotiate a taxi, and exchanged loose Australian/American currency equaling about $65 for shore expenditures as needed. The que for tender tickets was long.
At every stop Mardi and his guests (us)were well received and welcomed.
Back on board QM2 JoRina took more pictures from deck 12 while I wrote this blog. Our pace slow and relaxed we each showered and dressed for dinner in the Kings Court and the movies. Dinner was good. We talked about our day ashore and listened to other passengers stories when they stopped to talk to us. After dinner we watched the movie Eat Pray Love in Illuminations. We enjoyed seeing scenes filmed in Bali as we sailed away from Bali. The whole story was more meaningful today because we are on this epic voyage. JoRina returned to the stateroom and I went to the Queens Room. There was a Buccaneer party in full swing, with Vibes playing. I danced one dance before returning to the cabin. Back in the cabin we ordered tea, listened to music and read for a while.