Cruise series: Christmas day at sea Cruising Willis Island (daytime)

 

Pooldeck in sunshine

Pooldeck in sunshine

Christmas morning…Santa is apparently cruising round the ship giving presents to all the kids and there’s probably more carolling going on somewhere….

We have a bit of a sleep in this morning and enjoy a leisurely breakfast.

We try and find a place poolside but everywhere is full today…the reason….blue skies and sunshine (and people having cabins without balconies).

Pooldeck with no space left

Pooldeck with no space left

I take some time to read on our balcony which is a luxury (reading that is). Having time to read is something I was really looking forward to but surprisingly I have had little time to actually do any reading. Meanwhile, Alex heads to the gym to lift some more heavy weights (I think).

Today we are at sea, making our way from Airlie Beach to Cairns (located in tropical far north Queensland). On course to Cairns we cruise past Willis Island which is a weather station set up by the Bureau of Meteorology in 1921.

Willis Island, Australia's Coral Sea Islands Territory

Willis Island, Australia’s Coral Sea Islands Territory

Two interesting features of the island are that the current residency of the island totals 3 people and…most important…you will not find a McDonalds “restaurant” here. The island is tiny and flat and not sure how it would go faced with a rogue wave.

The Cruise Compass informs me that there are thousands of masked, brown, and red-footed boobies (birds) on the island.

Crew in the bridge looking for Boobies birds

Crew in the bridge looking for Boobies birds

And… here we go….Alex find this most amusing and says he wants to keep me “abreast” of the situation and “boobies” is suddenly the word of the hour…”boobies” (bird) this…”boobies” (bird) that…how old?

Could this be a Boobies bird?

Could this be a Boobies bird?

Lunch today is a BBQ lunch on the poolside deck. We line up to get a plateful of BBQ everything and then scour the whole of deck 11, including both pool areas for a space and can’t find a single spot to sit and eat. We (Alex) must have looked pretty sad because eventually (and thankfully) we were invited by a man and his wife for us to share their table. As it turns out this man is the (winning) Elvis from the 50’s and 60’s night. We enjoy our lunch and a chat with them for ages. Eventually we become desperate for an afternoon coffee and say our farewell not knowing if we might run into them again, hopefully, but it is surprising how infrequently we tend to see the same people.

So downstairs we head to see Baldwin on deck 6 at Café Latte-tudes.  The BBQ lunch was excellent and filling and, although we (I) don’t need anything more to eat, we (I) can’t resist ordering something sweet. Considering all the food on the ship/boat/thing is complimentary, we have done well to resist many of the sweet temptations available…until now…the chocolate brownie is so…chocolate. We take the stairs back up to our stateroom on deck 9 to enjoy our afternoon cappuccino and brownie from the comfort of our balcony.

Coffee zone and home of the million calorie chocolate brownie

Coffee zone and home of the million calorie chocolate brownie

Now needing to work off the extra million calories I have just consumed…I decide some laps of deck 5 would be a good idea and it takes me 30 minutes to do 5 laps. I think Alex is actually heading back to the Café (again).

What a lazy day…sleep in, read, eat…what’s not to love.[showmyads]

For previous Royal Carribean Cruise post see Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland Australia (evening)
For next Royal Carribean Cruise post see Christmas day at sea cruising Willis Island (evening)