Planing for the Functions on our cruise to Australia. Anthony on the right!
Commodore Burgoine has a 'Question and Answer Session' with the Australian Journalists, escorted by Anthony Fisk - Head of PR at P&O Cruises in Australia.
Meet Shirley - all the way from Brisbane in Queensland. One day when Shirley was a teenager she was sitting on the beach in Sydney as the ss ORCADES was sailing in. Mum she said - one day I Will sail to England on one of those great white P&O Cruises Ships! Shirley's Mum said - don't be silly dear you are too young! This made Shirley's mind up and she saved up for her first passage fare from Sydney to Melbourne. This was it - she was hooked as they say and since then Shirley was been a P&O Cruises Fan for 40 years and has sailed on all of our ships and has completed countless Round World Cruises and grand Voyages. Shirley also goes to the Hong Kong Cup every year as like HM The Queen - she is a great horse racing fan. I have known Shirley for over 20 years. Imagine my delight when she pulled an original Arcadia Clothes brush out of her handbag - bound in red leather and in perfect condition and better still in a boomerang shape - this will always remind me of Shirley and my love for Australia. We had a cup of coffee and a good catch up as we know so many poeple in the cruising world.
Di and Brian Tear from Melbourne dropped in today to say how much they have been enjoying the blog. Ever since we departed Southampton Di has been telling all her family and friends to tune in to http://www.jamescusick.co.uk/ - she could not wait to get to tell her Travel Agent in Albury NSW about the blog and ARCADIA - so we need to say HELLO to our fans at HUME TRAVEL - and especially to Joi and Peter!!! Greetings from us ARCADIANS!! Di tells me that those good folks at HUME TRAVEL print out my blog and post it in the Travel Shop window for all to read - thanks for that!
Meet John and Patricia who joined us at Singapore and have been following us all the way since Arcadia left Southampton. This is their 7th Grand Voyage/World Cruise - they prefer the long ones! Patricia tells me that she must be a record as they have spent no less than 226 nights on board ARTEMIS in cabin P355 - their second home! They have also travelled on board AURORA and ADONIA ( now Sea Princess). Patricia is also the reigning 'strictly come dancing' Queen on Arcadia as she won this title on the Christmas and New Year Cruise just a few weeks ago. We will see a lot more of John and Patricia between now and our return home. I said to Patricia - ' do you never get tired of cruising?' - NEVER Patricia replied.
One more sea day to go and we will be in Fremantle.
Thanks to Mary K for the photos of the snow in Scotland - just reminds me how lucky we are to be here in the heat! Also hello to Sandra W in London - Eileen R tells me you are up to date on the blog. My thanks to everyone who has sent messages recently - it is good to hear from you.
Thanks also to everyone in the pictures who agreed to appear in this blog - I would never add anyone without their permission - however it is so good when our passengers and Ship's Company get excited about the blog - makes the extra time all worth while.
'Be young now - you can always start growing old later.'