A playful "night on the town" aboard the ship...Cumberland Islands...


This is one of the main reasons we prefer a balcony cabin. View of one of the 70 islands in the Cumberland group.
"Sightings on the Ship in Australia"

Interesting sculpture on display on the stairway.
As a couple its easy to slip into a life of routine and predictability.  We laugh at our humorous quips and jokes.  We tolerate the whining/whinging and negative chatter.  We empathize when things aren't quite right.  We celebrate  our efforts, successes and accomplishments.

Stepping out of this routine isn't always easy. The true essence of feeling "in love" has the potential to envelope us in an entirely unique sense of joy as opposed to the solid sense of simply loving one other. 

Many times, this requires a change of scenery or circumstances such as a holiday or vacation, dining at a romantic restaurant, walking along a beach or  picnicking in the park.

It wasn't easy taking photos on the misty, cloudy morning, especially when the camera fogged up going from the air conditioned cabin to the humidity outdoors.
This doesn't mean that the consistent feelings of loving our partners is less significant.  Over the long haul, it holds more weight, purpose and value in ensuring a meaningful and lasting relationship.

That magical feeling of being "in love" while immensely attracted to one another is often lost in the stresses of everyday life.  While on this years long journey to see the world, we can easily become immersed in that "I love you" state of familiarity and comfort, one that without a doubt, we're blessed to possess.

More Cumberland islands.
Then, when that wave of feeling "in love" washes over us it can be euphoric, putting a smile on our faces and a twinkle in our eyes that is hard to erase.  Its an impossible feeling to constantly maintain, although many new or young lovers somehow believe it can be carried well into the future. More often we hear that those types of relationships ultimately fail in a plethora of unfulfilled expectations.

Last night, we both experienced an "in love" evening, certainly nothing new for us but memorable nonetheless.  In part, in may have been us finally loosening up a little with a few cocktails, the "oldies" piano music played by a talented performer in the Schooner Bar and our close proximity to each other as we blissfully swayed to the music. 

Need I say, we had an extraordinary evening, never returning to our cabin until almost midnight, not falling asleep until 1 am and awakening way too early this morning at 5 am, anxious to get up and begin another glorious day at sea 

The captain explained that some of the islands are inhabited while a few have resorts and facilities for tourists.
Tom says my eyes look sleepy today and I agree.  Maybe a 15 minute nap should be on the agenda this afternoon after we watched the movie, "Ghostbusters" in the tiny theatre.  (Our taste in movies has changed for this cruise when yesterday we watched the silly movie, "Boss."  Tom dozed while I chuckled my way through it).

This morning at 6:25 am, the captain announced we were entering the Cumberland Islands.  Having showered and dressed for the day, we took a few photos we've posted today. 

Photos of islands taken from a ship at sea aren't usually within my skill range so I apologize if they aren't very clear and defined.  I do better on land.  Here's some information about the Cumberland Islands:

 
"There are about 70 islands in the Cumberland group, sometimes referred to as the southern Whitsundays. Almost all the islands are designated national parks. Apart from Keswick Island – home to the sophisticated and secluded Keswick Island Guest House – there's no formal accommodation in the Cumberlands.
 
Brampton Island is well-known for its nature walks, and was until recently the home of a posh resort. Carlisle Island is connected to Brampton by a narrow sandbar, and during low tide, it may be possible to walk between the two. Scawfell Island is the largest in the group; on its northern side, Refuge Bay has a safe anchorage and a camping ground.
 
Camp-site availability, bookings and permits for the Cumberland Islands and the nearby Sir James Smith Island group can be found online at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au or at the Mackay visitor centre.
 
Facilities on all islands are limited and access can be difficult unless you have your own boat or can afford to charter one (or a seaplane); ask for more info at the Mackay visitor centre."

A few tour companies provide partial day tours to the islands.
Last night, at dinner at a sharing table, I had the opportunity to engage in conversation with a most delightful 86 year old man also named Tom.  His wife had recently passed away and he is now cruising with his new "girlfriend," as he described the kindly woman sitting at his other side. 
 
He and I chatted through dinner and it couldn't have been more enjoyable.  My Tom was thoroughly entertained chatting with the couple to his right.  Again, one more memorable evening spent in the dining room and, as explained above, the evening thereafter.  Is it evident why we love cruising?
 
Tonight, we're playing it by ear.  At this point, all we know for sure is we'll be in the dining room sharing another large table for 8 to 10 passengers for more wonderful conversation and reasonably good food. 
 
No whinging here!
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Photo from one year ago today, November 4, 2015:
One year ago today, we posted photos of the gorgeous upcoming vacation home rental in Costa Rica beginning in nine month on August 1, 2017.  For more photos, please click here.


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