Just cruis­ing

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Ivor Jones & Friends Memories -

Now I guess many of you have gone cruis­ing. I am talk­ing nau­ti­cal and not the “Yank Tanks” of the 1950s & 60s.

My wife and I have av­er­aged a cruise a year over the past decade on mod­ern cruise lin­ers. We had cruised many years ago on a Rus­sian ship, the Mick­ael Sholokov, to Noumea back in the days that the Soviet Union was in the process of be­ing dis­banded. The ship was very ba­sic as was the food. It was okay if you liked borsch or potato and per­haps cab­bage. The en­ter­tain­ment was also very ba­sic.

Cruis­ing has come a long way since those days. Cruise ships are much larger and come with a num­ber of restau­rants, the­atres, li­braries and bars for you to pass the time away whilst cruis­ing at sea.

When the last edi­tion of this mag­a­zine hit the streets, my wife and I were pre­par­ing to hit the high seas once again the fol­low­ing day. We had a me­morable cruise to say the least and this col­umn is all about mem­o­ries.

We left Syd­ney on the Satur­day evening and started to head north. We got as far as Budge­woi when the Cap­tain an­nounced that due to heavy seas the ship was to turn about and face into the swell. The ship passed by the heads and got as far South as Cape Solan­der (Kur­nell) where it then turned once more to head back north. Dur­ing the evening a large wave hit the side of the ship and forced open a win­dow in the Restau­rant on Deck 5 in­jur­ing a num­ber of pas­sen­gers in­clud­ing a boy of around 3 years of age. Half an hour or so later an­other large wave hit break­ing two win­dows in a restau­rant on Deck 6. Nei­ther my wife nor I thought that the seas were so large as we were able to go about our busi­ness as usual. We thought that we had seen larger seas.

This was to be the start of a me­morable voy­age for us. The next day was un­event­ful as the ship ploughed on, but the fol­low­ing morn­ing the ship ar­rived just off Mooloolaba, Queens­land. Again both my wife and I thought that the seas were much calmer, how­ever the Cap­tain ad­vised that due to the heavy sea it was con­sid­ered un­safe to launch the ship’s ten­ders and so he con­tin­ued to head North. As we pass­ing Fraser Is­land, the Cap­tain an­nounced that there was a med­i­cal emer­gency aboard the ves­sel and that a he­li­copter had been re­quested to evac­u­ate a per­son for trans­port to med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties ashore. Fi­nally we reached Glad­stone, Qld which was to be our most north­ern port of call on this par­tic­u­lar cruise.

The weather was fine and warm with a tem­per­a­ture of around 30 de­grees. Af­ter a day in Glad­stone it was back to the ship and an­other day at sea as we headed back down south to More­ton Is­land where we lay off shore from Tan­ga­looma Re­sort. Go­ing ashore at Tan­ga­looma we took a whale tour in which we saw many whales which per­formed tail slaps and breaches along­side and all around the whale tour ves­sel. Leav­ing Tan­ga­looma we again hit se­vere bad weather and the open decks were closed un­til we ar­rived back in Syd­ney. Will we do it again. Yes!!!

Share your mem­o­ries and old pho­tographs with our read­ers.

Mem­o­ries of grow­ing up lo­cally, or when you moved into our com­mu­nity are wel­come. Tell us your ex­pe­ri­ences from school days, sport­ing clubs, hol­i­days, work or group or­gan­i­sa­tions.

If you have a funny or in­ter­est­ing neigh­bour­hood sto­ryies, we would like to pub­lish them! Write to: 17 Rose St, Baulkham Hills, NSW, 2153. Email to ivor­jones@hill­sto­hawkes­bury.com.au. Share on Hills Dis­trict Mem­o­ries at face­book.com/groups/Hills.mem­o­ries or Hawkes­bury Hap­pen­ings & Mem­o­ries at face­book.com/groups/Hawkesmem­o­ries.

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