Over the next couple of weeks I will be writing about my latest cruise adventure on Orion Expedition Cruises’ Orion – a Kimberley cruise that departed Darwin and recently concluded in Broome.
But as I write this, Sydney Airport is being closed due to the dreaded volcanic ash from the eruption of the Mt Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile. And, if you are a regular reader of my blogs, you will know that I am always espousing the importance of allowing at least two days leeway in getting to an embarkation port.
Some passengers, I feel sure, missed joining Orion in Broome for the return cruise to Darwin because of the volcanic ash. While I feel their pain, this is just another example of how important it is to approach a coming cruise thinking, ‘Neither RAIN, SNOW, HAIL OR VOLCANIC ASH will keep me from my cruise!’
I was not able to report directly from Orion due to communication problems caused by the mountainous terrain, but here is my first day for you:
After a four and a half hour flight from Sydney to Darwin, we arrived at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, well-situated in the heart of the city. Orion was due to leave from a nearby dock the next day.
Darwin had changed drastically since Sandra and I last visited, some twelve years ago. The newly developed waterfront area is a must see, especially the wave pool.
It was a Friday night and all the local bars were packed, but we were looking forward to our next eleven days so headed to be bed early.
Settle in for a luxury voyage as you sail from Sydney to Singapore on board Cunard’s elegant Queen Elizabeth.
Free flight and hotel stay
In Sydney, you’ll embark the exquisite Queen Elizabeth. Stunning accommodation and the most exceptional fine dining you’ll ever experience at sea are just some of this ship’s glamorous delights. Settle into your luxury surroundings as you set sail for Singapore, discovering a wealth of captivating destinations along the way.