Day 41–Sun., Nov. 6, 2011–Exmouth, Australia

     At 9:40 it was22ºC or 72ºF and we have sailed 11,227 nautical miles since Seattle.  The local Port Authority had a complimentary shuttle service taking guests from the ship to a market or to town, about 10 minutes away.  This is a tender port, so we were in no rush.  We did dock a little bit early.  Exmouth is the gateway to the magnificent Ningaloo Marine Park and Cape Range National Park.  Ningaloo is a spectacular fringe to the rugged Northwest Cape, some 700 miles from Perth.  Ningaloo is much shorter than the Great Barrier Reef, but it is no less impressive.  Ningaloo Marine Park boundaries protect more than 250 km of waters and foreshore.  The Ningaloo Reef is home to a staggering array of marine life.  There are sharks, manta rays, hump back whales, turtles and more than 500 species of fish.  Exmouth is a lively little place where the natural world frequently interacts with small-town life.  We did not see a lively little place when we got off the shuttle bus. IMG_0004IMG_0005 The Internet was closed as was the fish and chips and    Chinese restaurant.  There was an IGA supermarket and a few shops, but everything was very expensive.  We did not stay long and went back to the ship.

     After an early lunch I spent time catching up on blogs and we had a relaxing day to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary.  We didn’t even bother going to onboard sports activities.     I forgot to mention that we received puzzles last night to celebrate the 11th year of service for HAL.  I don’t know what that means, however.

    Rich mentioned that we were dressed up for dinner, so we told them it was our anniversary.  We ordered drinks which Vera then pain for.  We were treated to a beautiful sunset, and I think I have a video of the green flash.  The sun set behind a mountain, so I don’t see how it’s possible, but I think I saw a bit of green and so did the table next to us.  It’s a shame the window was dirty in the dining room. 

 IMG_0027 (2)IMG_0020 Stitch sunset (2)

     The entertainment for the evening was Lee Bradley with more tenor classics and great hits.  We went to the Piano Bar to see some of the talent show and then went to the Crow’s Nest for a dance.

“Like all great travelers, I have see more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”  ~  Benjamin Disraeli

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