Albany, Western Australia

2018 HAL World Cruise

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

 

“Kaya Kaya Choorrabinyi Minang Boodja.”

“Welcome to Minang Country.  May the spirit of our ancient people of long ago guide your journey.  Follow in their footsteps.”

 

And thus, we were welcomed to Albany, Western Australia.  Before the Europeans settled here, the “Great Southern” was the traditional home of the Minang Noongar people.  Their presence in this area dates back about 25,000 years.  The first recorded European visit to this area was by Peter Nuyts in 1627.  In 1791, George Vancouver claimed it as a British possession.  On November 9, 1826, the Brig Amity sailed from Sydney with its crew, convicts and stock to form a settlement here.  Albany is the oldest settlement in all Western Australia.  Unlike the rest of Western Australia, Albany is cool and wet, with a Mediterranean climate.  The average summer temperature is only 72 degrees.  That was NOT the high during our visit!  We exited the ship to fierce wind and bone-chilling cold!  Fortunately, the day got grew warmer as we toured.

Aboriginal Statue honors the first people of Western Australia
Aboriginal Statue honors the first people of Western Australia
On the dock in Albany, Western Australia.
On the dock in Albany, Western Australia.
Shuttle buses are waiting to whisk us into town.
Shuttle buses are waiting to whisk us into town.
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A volunteer greeter’s hat decorated with sheep-shearing markers. They pierce the sheep’s ear with these.
It is 60 degrees and feels frigid in a strong wind!
It is 60 degrees and feels frigid in a strong wind!
The Old Prison as seen from the shuttle.
The Old Prison as seen from the shuttle.
And the new Entertainment Center.
And the new Entertainment Center.
Albany Town Center
Albany Town Center
Albany Town Hall
Albany Town Hall
Dog Rock.  The painted collar is a nice touch!
Dog Rock. The painted collar is a nice touch!
And the vet is right across the street!
And the vet is right across the street!
Interesting architecture on Stirling Terrace.
Interesting architecture on Stirling Terrace.
Another view of Stirling Terrace.
Another view of Stirling Terrace.
Walking the bridge back to the ship.
Walking the bridge back to the ship.
MS Amsterdam docked in Albany; preparing for departure to our next port.
MS Amsterdam docked in Albany; preparing for departure to our next port.

 

Albany is famous as the port of departure for the 41,000 Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops who sailed in 1914 to Egypt and then landed in Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.  Eight years later, on April 25, 1923 it was Albany that initiated the nation’s first Anzac Day dawn memorial service to commemorate their heroism.   So, it is fitting that Albany would be the home of the new National Anzac Centre.  The Center is unique in that it offers visitors a deeply personal connection with the Anzac experience.  The story is told through the words of the soldiers themselves.  Visitors assume the identity of one of 32 characters and follow their personal experience through training, embarkation, ship-board life on the convoys, the conflicts at Gallipoli or the Middle East or the Western Front, and even the homecoming for those who survived.  We did not have the opportunity to visit the center on this trip, but will definitely do so whenever we might return!

And now, we’re on our way to Freemantle/Perth.

Adelaide, South Australia

2018 HAL World Cruise

Saturday, February 17, 2018

 

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is known for its arts festival, alfresco lifestyle, and manageable size and pace of living.  The city layout was planned by Surveyor-General, Colonel William Light in 1836 and is, today, studded with elegant colonial buildings and preserved facades.

Good friends advised us to take the train into Adelaide and enjoy the stroll along Rundle Street Mall.  We did so and had a lovely day.  Here are the photos to prove it!

On the dock at Outer Harbour, the port for Adelaide,  South Australia.
On the dock at Outer Harbour, the port for Adelaide, South Australia.
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This photo is taken through the dirty windows of our main dining room (we have been at sea during a storm, remember) and I took the shot because we look as though we’re docked on land!
The MS Amsterdam docked in Outer Harbour.
The MS Amsterdam docked in Outer Harbour.
The Railway Station is just across the street.
The Railway Station is just across the street.
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The train from Outer Harbour to Downtown Adelaide takes about 40 minutes and only costs $10.00 for an all day pass including the city bus system.
The Adelaide Railway Station.
The Adelaide Railway Station.
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Adelaide is the state capital of South Australia. This is the Paliament Building.
The Old Parliament Building.
The Old Parliament Building.
Nice buidings in downtown Adelaide.
Nice buidings in downtown Adelaide.
Old buildings.....
Old buildings…..
.....and new buildngs.
…..and new buildngs.
Walking along the Rundle Street Mall.
Walking along the Rundle Street Mall.
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The Three Little pigs went to Market! As we walked along the Rundle Street Mall, we came across this sculpture. Cute!
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The Adelaide Fringe (very similar to that in Edinbourgh), started the day prior to our arrival. There were pop-up performances along the mall.
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Memorial to Roma Mitchell, an accomplished woman of Adelaide. She was a Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia 1965-1983; chancellor of the University of Adelaide 1983-1990; and Goveronr of South Australia 1991-1996.
The Governor's residence
The Governor’s residence
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Good friends told us to enjoy the sights, shopping and food along the Rundle Street Mall. We took their advice and had a good time. Here’s looking at you, Kids!

 

Soon, our next port of call will be Albany, Australia.

Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, Australia

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Friday, February 16, 2018

 

On March 23, 1802, the British explorer Matthew Flinders, commanding the HMS Investigator, named this land Kangaroo Island because of the vast number of these animals roaming the island.  Their marsupial descendants are still here along with sheep, cattle, and bees.  The backbone of KI’s economy is mostly agricultural:  grapes, honey, wool, meat and grain.  Undoubtedly, tourism is also a great contributor.  We took a ship’s tour to Cape Willoughby Lighthouse and Dudley Winery.  It was an appropriate choice—we saw lots of ‘roos and tasted some pretty good wine!

We anchored at Penneshaw and tendered to the ferry dock.
We anchored at Penneshaw and tendered to the ferry dock.
Driving thru Penneshaw.
Driving thru Penneshaw.
Driving thru town
Driving thru town
Driving thru town
Driving thru town
Driving out of town.
Driving out of town.
Kangaroos seen from the bus.
Kangaroos seen from the bus.
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse.  Note the Kangaroo in the foreground!
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. Note the Kangaroo in the foreground!
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close-up
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Kangaroos are nocturnal creatures but we certainly saw many out and about on this day!
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse
Dudley Winery
Dudley Winery
Dudley Winery, Oldest On Kangaroo Island
Dudley Winery, Oldest On Kangaroo Island
Dudley Winery Tasting Room
Dudley Winery Tasting Room
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Dudley’s vines are not here. They raise cattle here instead and the grapes are grown on inland acreage. They purchased this land for the Cellar Door because the view was better!
Looking out from Dudley's Cellar Door.
Looking out from Dudley’s Cellar Door.
It is a nice view.
It is a nice view.
Now how did that happen???  Look to the mid-left--that's a rowboat!
Now how did that happen??? Look to the mid-left–that’s a rowboat!
Driving back to town along the American River.
Driving back to town along the American River.
The beach at Penneshaw.
The beach at Penneshaw.
The tender dock at Penneshaw.
The tender dock at Penneshaw.
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The final libation of the port–no beer served at the ferry terminal–we had to be content with coffee! But the WIFI was excellent!
One final look at a Kangaroo.
One final look at a Kangaroo.
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And He Stuck His Tongue Out! Can’t you just hear him thinking, “Yankee go home!”
And so, home we go!
And so, home we go!
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MS Amsterdam anchored at Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. I thought this was a nice photo of the MS Amsterdam.

 

Next, we continue to Adelaide, also located in this large state of South Australia, which we’ve heard encompasses 1/3 the area of Australia.

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

 

Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia.  It was founded in 1804 by Colonel David Collins and is the capital of the state of Tasmania.

Our ship docked in Sullivan’s Cove, once a bustling commercial area with whalers and entrepreneurs but now filled with artists’ studios, galleries, cafes and shops in the converted 19th century sandstone warehouses.  It was a short walk into town where we explored, shopped, and dined the day away.

Hobart, lying on the west bank of the Derwent River, is a wonderful capital city.  Comprised of charming neighborhoods, it retains the atmosphere and leisurely pace of a small town.  Salamanca Place is terraced with warehouses dating back to the 1830s.  Nearby Battery Point is the site of the original seamen’s settlement.  There is a large covered, but highly pedestrian, mall in the city center with all the major department stores—even a Target!

Docked in Hobart, Tasmania
Docked in Hobart, Tasmania
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“Footsteps to Freedom” by Ronan Gillespie representing the 13,000 convicted women who came to Tasmania with their 2,000 children.
Walking into town.
Walking into town.
"Heading South" Seals and Penquins by Stephen Walker
“Heading South” Seals and Penquins by Stephen Walker
"Heading South" The Bernacchi Tribute by Stephen Walker
“Heading South” The Bernacchi Tribute by Stephen Walker
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Tribute to Louis Bernacchi, the subject of this sculpture and noted advocate for Australian involvement in Antarctica.
Walking into town and passing the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Walking into town and passing the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Walking toward Salamanca Market.
Walking toward Salamanca Market.
Walking toward Salamanca Market.
Walking toward Salamanca Market.
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“Happy Birthday Mr President XO-2014” by artists Gillie and Marc located in Salamanca Square.
Salamanca Square
Salamanca Square
Lunch at Irish Murphy's
Lunch at Irish Murphy’s
Rog's Guinness meat pie and ale
Rog’s Guinness meat pie and ale
Sandy's baked brie and Pinot Gris
Sandy’s baked brie and Pinot Gris
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St. David’s Park was once a cemetary. The tombstones were removed and imbedded in the old walls when the cemetary converted to a park.
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This bandstand-looking monument marks the gravesite of Lt. Col. David Collins, founding Lt. Gov. of Tasmania and in whose honor the park was named.
Ship of the Australian Navy departing the Hobart Port
Ship of the Australian Navy departing the Hobart Port
back to our ship at the end of the day.
back to our ship at the end of the day.
But first, a little libation!
But first, a little libation!

This was our first visit to Hobart and we were enchanted.  We’ll look forward to returning someday.  And return we must!  We have learned that our stop in Port Arthur, site of the penal colony, has been canceled due to an approaching storm.  We know the storm is huge because we are already experiencing high seas and a lot of “a-rockin’-and-a-rollin.”  While sitting in the Lido, very near the top of the ship, I was watching the angry sea through the windows overlooking the aft pool area.  I saw the lounge chairs take flight and sail overboard!!!!  It happened so fast I couldn’t get a picture, but here’s what the deck looked like with the remaining lounges scattered about.

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Deck chairs scattered across the aft deck pool area. Some of them actually flew overboard!
Angry waters of the Tasman Sea
Angry waters of the Tasman Sea

We’re now at sea and our next stop is Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island.  The Australian adventure continues!

Sydney, Australia

2018 HAL World Cruise

Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11, 2018

The Aboriginal people inhabited Australia for 60,000 years prior to the arrival of Abel Tasman, a Dutch Navigator, in 1642.  More Europeans followed, and they brought diseases with them which eventually decimated the Aborigines.  Today only about 2% of the Australian population is of Aboriginal descent.

In 1768, Capt. Cook set off from England in the Endeavour.  By April 1770, King George III formally claimed possession of the Australian east coast.  Later, due to the overcrowding of the jails and the loss of the American Colonies in the War of Independence, Britain decided to establish a penal colony in the new land.  Thus, the First Fleet, consisting of 2 war ships and nine transports, arrived in Sydney Cove in 1788.  The initial settlement was 750 convicts, 210 marines and 40 women and children.  Tents were erected on the rocky shoreline and the first “village” was founded, forevermore to be known as “The Rocks.”

The Rocks along with Circular Quay are the oldest part of inner Sydney.  The City Centre is the central business district and to its west lies Darling Harbour.  These are the areas we revisited on this voyage.

Map of The Rocks and Circular Quay
Map of The Rocks and Circular Quay
Good things begin with a good idea.
Good things begin with a good idea.
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Cadmans Cottage was built in 1816 to house the Superindendent of Govermnent Boats. His job was to manage the government boats and the coxswains, boat crews and laborers, most of whom were convicts.
Cadmans Cottage
Cadmans Cottage
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Under a death sentence for stealing a horse, John Cadman received a commuted sentence to the penal colony being established in th new land. Eventually receiving a conditional pardon, he went on to become a public servant and inn owner.
The Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay and The Rocks.
The Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay and The Rocks.
Old warehouses now converted into art galleries at The Rocks.
Old warehouses now converted into art galleries at The Rocks.
Approaching Sydney Harbor/Sydney Opera House and old Ft. Dennison.
Approaching Sydney Harbor/Sydney Opera House and old Ft. Dennison.
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The Sydney Harbour Bridge aka “The Coat Hanger” and the Opera House as seen from Darling.
Circular Quay/Sydney Harbour
Circular Quay/Sydney Harbour
Circular Quay and The Museum of New Art.
Circular Quay and The Museum of New Art.
Town Hall with its distinctive clock tower.
Town Hall with its distinctive clock tower.
Statue pf Queen Victoria between the Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building.
Statue pf Queen Victoria between the Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building.
Queen Victoria Bldg, c1898 is a beautiful shopping emporium.
Queen Victoria Bldg, c1898 is a beautiful shopping emporium.
Digeredo players along the Quay.
Digeredo players along the Quay.
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
There are lots of shops and eateries at Darling Harbour.
There are lots of shops and eateries at Darling Harbour.
Multi levels for viewing!
Multi levels for viewing!
The Aquarium and a Wild Life Park are along the dock also.
The Aquarium and a Wild Life Park are along the dock also.
The Maritime Museum is excellent!
The Maritime Museum is excellent!
There's a big shopping complex at Darling Harbour.
There’s a big shopping complex at Darling Harbour.
Water taxis are readily available.
Water taxis are readily available.
Walking along Darling Harbour.
Walking along Darling Harbour.
The Pyrmont Swing Bridge at Darling Harbour as seen from the Maritime Museum..
The Pyrmont Swing Bridge at Darling Harbour as seen from the Maritime Museum..
The walk bridge has closed because a boat is approaching.
The walk bridge has closed because a boat is approaching.
And the bridge swings open!
And the bridge swings open!
The Star Casino and shopping complex is across the way.
The Star Casino and shopping complex is across the way.
Ibis sharing the walkway.
Ibis sharing the walkway.
You could spend the whole day here!
You could spend the whole day here!
And a "cool one" at the end of the day!
And a “cool one” at the end of the day!
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

Next we visit Hobart, Tasmania.

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

 

After rounding the Southern tip of South Island and entering the Tasman Sea, the MS Amsterdam spent a day cruising the sounds of Fiordland National Park before leaving the New Zealand shores.  We explored Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, and the most spectacular Milford Sound.  We had a gorgeous day to experience the beauty of this wonderland park.  The pictures will tell the tale!

Zoom in to see details of the Fiordland National Park of New Zealand.
Zoom in to see details of the Fiordland National Park of New Zealand.
Dusky Sound
Dusky Sound
Waterfall in Dusky Sound
Waterfall in Dusky Sound
Doubtful Sound
Doubtful Sound
Dolphins in the Tasman Sea as we approach Milford Sound
Dolphins in the Tasman Sea as we approach Milford Sound
It's as if the dolphins are escorting us!
It’s as if the dolphins are escorting us!
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Waterfall in Milford Sound
Waterfall in Milford Sound
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A waterfall. A view of the snow field. And the Norwegian Jewel still running ahead of us.
Another waterfall in Milford Sound.
Another waterfall in Milford Sound.
Fur seals
Fur seals
The Jewel leaving as we approach the turning point for our own departure.
The Jewel leaving as we approach the turning point for our own departure.
Map
Map

Now we shall cross the sea and begin our Australian adventures.

Port Chalmers, New Zealand

2018 HAL World Cruise

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

We awoke this morning in Port Chalmers, New Zealand.  This is on the east side of the South Island and about ¾ of the way to the tip of New Zealand.  It was 50 degrees!!!!!

We were docked next to the Norwegian Jewel and we watched her passengers disembarking in parkas.  Don’t know her itinerary but the passengers were equipped for Antarctica!  We were not.  So, after putting together several layers of clothing topped with a hooded windbreaker, we set off for our drive through Port Chalmers and ultimate destination of Dunedin.

Scottish settlers arrived in the area in 1848.  They founded Dunedin in the spirit of Edinburgh.  The city’s original surveyor, Charles Kettle, gave instructions for builders to reproduce characteristics of the much-admired New Town precinct of Edinburgh.  The Scottish influence generated a reverence for fine churches and an unbridled passion for education.  The University of Otago was the first in New Zealand.

Dunedin is often referred to as the eco-capital of New Zealand.  The Otago Peninsula is home to a rare colony of yellow eyed penguins.  It is also the only mainland breeding ground of the Royal Albatross.  And its rugged coastline is frequented by rare New Zealand Hooker sea lions.  We didn’t see any of them until sailing out of port!  During dinner!  No camera available!  Maybe there will be a next time, sometime.

On the dock in Port Chalmers
On the dock in Port Chalmers
Norwegian Jewel at Port Chalmers
Norwegian Jewel at Port Chalmers
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That was a pretty steep ramp we came down. Folks with walkers had a sporty time of it!
Port Chalmers Town Hall
Port Chalmers Town Hall
Shops in Port Chalmers seemed to be closed for Waitangi Day.
Shops in Port Chalmers seemed to be closed for Waitangi Day.
Emerson's Brewery
Emerson’s Brewery
This looks just like a typical British row of homes!
This looks just like a typical British row of homes!
Otago Harbour
Otago Harbour
The Boyd Channel from Otago Harbour to Dunedin.
The Boyd Channel from Otago Harbour to Dunedin.
Statue of Robert Burns in the Octagon at Dunedin.
Statue of Robert Burns in the Octagon at Dunedin.
Market Day in the Octagon.
Market Day in the Octagon.
A street view of Dunedin.
A street view of Dunedin.
View of St. Paul's Cathedral.
View of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The Otago Daily Times Building
The Otago Daily Times Building
The Cadbury Chocolate Factory is next to the newspaper building.
The Cadbury Chocolate Factory is next to the newspaper building.
Dunedin High and District Courts
Dunedin High and District Courts
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Dunedin High and District Courts detail above front door. In New Zealand, Justice is not blind!
A bagpiper playing in front of the train station.
A bagpiper playing in front of the train station.
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The Dunedin Train Station, home of the Taieri Gorge Train tours which actually start and finish in Port Chalmers.

For now, we will spend a day cruising thru the fjords of Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO site at the southwest tip of South Island) and then another couple of sea days on our way to Sydney, Australia.  More later!