Friday, 28 October 2016
28.10.2016 - 28.10.2016
Low cloud delayed the sunrise and it was almost 07:00 when a soft light broke through. I was impressed by the number of ships waiting to enter the port.
We had nothing organised for today and we wandered ashore at about 08:30 with a specific plan to replenish Jenny's knitting materials for the remainder of the cruise
I'm recording some of this detail for possible future reference. Once we were through Immigration and Customs we obtained a map from the friendly ladies at the Level 1 Information Centre. Last time we were here we walked both ways to the Marina MRT Station, a vigorous 30 minutes. This time we located and boarded the Local No 402 bus which for $1 each delivered us to the Downtown MRT. We purchase two return tickets to Dhoby Ghaut. A change of line was required at the Chinatown Station. Jenny had information that Spotlight has a store in the Plaza Singapura located above the Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station. We found the shopping complex but it took some time to locate the store on Level 5. We were a little early and the shop didn't open until 10:00. The check-out docket indicates that we were there for just under 45 minutes.
Back down to the station and we took the train to Chinatown. Picked up a few essentials and even two new shirts for me. Back to the MRT to find that I had spent all my small change and the ticket machine will not accept $10 (and above) bills for the purchase of single trip tickets. The ticket office cheerfully split the $10 to two $5. A short ride to the Downtown MRT Station to catch the bus back to the Cruise Terminal. Small problem, not enough small change to pay the $2 for the No 402 bus.
A lovely lady at the information desk of the retail complex provided us with small change, succinct directions to the bus stop and a charming smile. Back aboard the ship we handed in our passports and went to the Horizon Court for a quick lunch. Back in the cabin we both relaxed for an hour or two then gathered our Life Jackets and attended our Muster Station. Returned the life jackets to the cabin and off to the dinning room. It appears that some of the 'regular' staff have been re-assigned while others have completed their contracts and returned home. Our two were still there and welcomed us back.
Attended the evening entertainment in the Theatre, a short burst from the Singers and Dancers and a brief appearance by Canadian Comedian Scott Harris.
The uncertainty about the 48 Day Cruise continues, we have new cruise cards, our account has been cleared by charging the credit card and the mini-bar has been refreshed. I'll bet that there is a fresh Internet account to be set up too. Will find out when can establish a WiFi connection. It just doesn't work from the cabin. In about every respect it is as if we started a new cruise rather than continue an existing one.
A day at sea tomorrow as we head in a Northerly direction for Ko Samui in Thailand. An early morning capture from the balcony is my feature image for today you can view my photo by following this link to the image of the waiting cargo ships.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony.