Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hong Kong

Monday 15 October – At Sea

A quiet day at sea in conditions influenced by the distant typhoon.

The Port talk on Hong Kong was interesting and we learned a little more.  The Tourist Bureau has a ‘Walks’ book which should be a handy reference.

The cocktail party, a light dinner and an early night.
Tuesday 16 October – At Sea

An interesting port talk on Nha Trang and we even stayed for the ISMs lecture; Les was present in spirit only.  Some ice carving and a light formal dinner.
Wednesday 17 October – Hong Kong

For our return to Hong Kong this trip we chose the excursion to Macau.  We docked in the container terminal.

Macau is a former colony that is an exotic blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures. It now ranks with Hong Kong as a special administrative region of China.

The one-hour catamaran ride to and from Macau was uneventful.  We then visited the old town to see the ruins of the 17th century St. Paul Cathedral and the Museum of Macau.  The A Ma Temple was erected in the 15th century by Chinese fishermen as a shrine to the goddess A Ma, for whom the city is named.

For lunch we took a trip to the 60th floor of the Macau Sky Tower – probably the best meal on an excursion during our cruise.

We returned on-board in time to hear the announcement that the Diamond Princess would be transiting in Victoria Harbour for the 8pm light show.

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