are seasoned travellers and then there are those who make seasoned travellers look like weekend warriors.
Townsville couple Wayne and Lyn Haller began travelling many years ago for work and retirement has not slowed them down.
Wayne’s work as an international public speaker has taken them to numerous countries over the years, but a recent cruise topped the Haller’s bucket list of most memorable voyages.
The couple were among 2058 passengers to join the Cunard cruise l i ne’s historic maiden 103-night round-the-world voyage aboard the MS Queen Elizabeth, from Southampton on January 5 this year.
The 4 7 - night s l i ce of t heir journey saw them cross two great oceans, the North Atlantic and the Pacific, as did the early seafaring explorers.
Mr Haller said one of the highlights of the cruise included crossing both the equator and the international dateline, where they lost
TRIP OF A LIFETIME: Wayne and Lyn Haller on one of their many adventures a day on February 11. ‘ ‘ The Panama Canal was something I had always wanted to do – you go in at sea level and the level goes up 6.7m through a series of six lochs,’’ he said.
‘‘ I found out the fee for Cunards to cruise through the lochs is $ 330,000.’’
And while millions watched the regal trio of Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary II, and
Lyn Haller takes in the view
Queen Victoria sail nose-to-tail through the fanfare past the Statue of Liberty on TV, the Haller’s lived the spectacle from the top deck.
‘‘ We were in a line one behind the other when we came into New York harbour,’’ Mr Haller said.
‘‘ It was the first time the grand ladies of the Cunard fleet had been together in the one harbour, so it was an historic event.
‘‘ New York had bathed the Empire State building in the red corporate colours of the Cunard line and as we passed the Statue of Liberty, there was a 15-minute fireworks display and dozens of boats were shooting up water.
‘‘ It was 6.30pm with subzero temperatures and lower Manhattan was all lit up, it was very beautiful.’’
After leaving New York, the ship continued on its course calling into the stunning tropical ports of Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas on the Mexican coast, and Los Angeles.
It crossed the Pacific Ocean to Mauii and Honolulu, Tonga, taking in beautiful Fiji and New Zealand before cruising through Cook Strait into Sydney.
Mrs Haller said it was with so much pride, that they and the 400 other Aussies on board sailed into Sydney Harbour, which was lined with people who came out to watch the new Queen Elizabeth and MS Queen Mary II.
The Haller’s own sons watched the ship cruise into the final port of call for of one of their most memorable journeys.