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Saturday, 29 December 2012


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Our last breakfast aboard was quite early as we were scheduled to disembark at or about 0730. Well ahead of time we were ready to head for the Wheelhouse Bar - our designated disembarkation assembly area. While sitting there and listening to the PA announcements it occurred to me that I had not declared the wooden frame of Kitti's canvas print on the AQIS declaration form.

I figured that honesty was the best policy so I amended the form and was duly sent off to the examination table when arriving ashore. The picture was safely stashed on the bottom of the case so all my gear had to come out. What a bloody mess !! The inspector was quite relaxed about it all, he examined the frame, told me it was clear to enter and even assisted in tossing all my gear back in the case. Tidy it wasn't.

Checked in at the Premier Motor Service office and sat/stood around to await departure time. We were fully an hour early but figured that was better than being 5 minutes late and missing the bus. Because of the increased patronage over the holidays, there were two coaches, one predominately for the South of Batemans Bay passengers and the other doing all the stops North of the Bay. Traffic on the highway was horrendous slowing down to walking pace for a considerable stretch approaching Kiama, Berry, Nowra and Ulladulla. By cutting down on the duration of the stops at Nowra and Batemans Bay we were only about 15 minutes late arriving in Moruya.

Michael was there to ferry us home and we spent some hours unpacking and sorting through the Christmas cards and other mail. I didn't even try to get on top of the email will leave that until Sunday.

The cruise duration was for 13 nights and included 7 port days plus Sydney for embarkation and disembarkation. The voyage was a total of 3726.6 Nautical Miles or 6894.2 Kilometres.

This will be the last entry for this outing, thank you for reading my scribbles and I hope you enjoyed the journey.

Posted by greynomadm 13:41 Archived in Australia

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