Friday, 31 January 2014
31.01.2014 - 31.01.2014
Nice hint of a sunrise as we approached the island of Viti Levu and the port of Suva. We were treated to the regular welcome by the Royal Fiji Police Band looking very sharp in their striking uniforms. The gangplank was in place just after 08:00 but we held back until the bulk of the eager passengers had disembarked.
We found our way to the free shuttle bus that drove us to the front door of one of the main department stores. Found our way to some of the smaller stores where we purchased a backpack and some handkerchiefs for the princely sum of AU$20. Jenny was on the lookout for a new small watch and after about six failed attempts found one she liked. Working out the price in US$ was a bit of a challenge but eventually one of the shop staff took US$20 and exchanged it at the bank for Fiji$37. The store took their Fiji$20 and I was left with Fiji$17 which we'll most likely spend along the way.
Wandered through a supermarket and the fresh market. We are always amazed at the quantity and range of fresh fruit and vegetables for sale.
Back to the ship and into the pleasant air conditioned atmosphere aboard. There isn't much to do before lunch so I'll try to upload the previous day's blog and images.
Lunch in the Horizon Court - Deck 14 after which I thought I'd read for a while. Woke up some time later with Jenny telling me to stop snoring !! Back on deck some time after that to see the farewell by the Police Band, there were people 4 and 5 deep all along the rail on deck 7. Didn't see much but the music was great.
Another delicious dinner and then watched Simon sing songs from the Broadway Hits. He has a marvellous voice and a bit of mischief to make it all interesting.
The ship is almost motionless as we make our way to Savusavu tomorrow, another tendered port and we have a booked ship's tour.
This link should take you to today's image on my 365 Project http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-01-31
Cheers .. Tony