Tuesday, 8 November 2016
08.11.2016 - 08.11.2016
A chilly breeze greeted us to the Port of Fremantle as the ship manoeuvred into her assigned berth ahead of Holland America's Maasdam. For the first time in seven weeks we had mobile network coverage and we made contact with family and friends. It was good to receive such extensive updates. Fortunately most of the news was positive.
After a simple breakfast we returned to the cabin and collected our passports and landing cards. The notice from Passenger Services had suggested an orderly presentation for 'face to face' interview by Border Force officials. It would appear that the suggestion had been ignored but despite the lengthy queue the process was speedy. Bit surprised when the official addressed us with an obviously British accent. He's been here for more than 15 years.
Walked through the terminal, across the car-park, along the bridge over the rail line and across the street to the Red CAT stop. We were unaware that Fremantle had the same service as found in Perth. Between the Red and Blue CAT most of the CBD and popular waterfront attractions were easily accessible.
It was still early and the early morning light brought out many of the features of the many old buildings. The facades of the hotels, professional chambers and public buildings have been tastefully restored. The CBD is not extensive and it was pleasant to walk the vacant walkways with the reduced temperature. We decided to split, Jenny to explore shops and me hunting for photo opportunities. We met again at the Visitor Information Kiosk after about an hour and a half.
With two cruise ships in port the local businesses had arranged a free shuttle bus from the Cruise Terminal to the centre of the town. We had found our own way in and decided to try the shuttle service back. There was only a short wait and we were quickly transported back to the terminal. A great service which created a positive impression with all the passengers I spoke to.
Shortly after returning to the ship the crew were called to their emergency stations as part of an AMSA drill. We were warned that the drill was to take place but there was no explanation of the reason. I suspect it may have something to do with this being the maiden visit to Australia by the Emerald Princess. Can't think of a more likely reason for this test.
Spent most of the afternoon watching the activities in the port as the Maasdam left and cargo ships were shepherded into their births by the fussy tugs. There's no was that Fremantle rates as a busy port but it was nevertheless interesting to watch the process.
After dinner we returned to the cabin to watch our departure and tried to capture the sunset over the Indian Ocean. An unfortunate change of course caused the ship's bridge to block the setting sun.
A short trip overnight as we sail to Busselton for tomorrow's visit.
The facade of one of Fremantle's period buildings forms the feature image for today you can view my photo by following this link to the image.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony.