Day 19...Circumventing the Australian continent..Seven time changes upcoming!...More Perth photos...Sickness aboard the ship...


 

Carlo, Michelle, me and Tom at the cruise terminal building in Fremantle, Australia.
"Sighting on the Ship in Australia"



Beautiful artwork in the ship's art gallery.
We've been on this ship for 19 days with two more weeks remaining until it ends.  We've had an exceptional experience thus far, expecting the good times to continue until we disembark in Sydney on December 3rd.

As the circumvention of Australia sails along, we're at a point now where we'll encounter seven time changes over the next few weeks with the requirement of losing one hour every few nights at 3 am, as indicated in the ship's daily bulletin, the Cruise Compass.  Also, as a reminder, they'll be a reminder notice sitting atop our bed when we return to the cabin each of those nights.


The options in stores in Perth was the proverbial "abundance" we knew in the US.
Gaining an hour during the first week wasn't nearly as noticeable as is usually the case for most travelers.  Losing an hour over these nights, when we already haven't slept much, will be all the more obvious.  But, as always, we roll with time changes and time zones giving little thought as to what effect this may have on us.

We've found the less fuss we make over the potentiality of jetlag the less symptoms we experience.  We've always discovered that one good night's sleep, returning to our routines and a bit of sunshine is all we need to stay on course with our biological clocks.


We're looking forward to shopping and cooking meals again after a hiatus of many months.
Speaking of feeling well, so far, so good...neither of us have become ill on this cruise.  I may be stating this way too early.  After all, we still have the equivalent of a full cruise ahead of us.

Many of the approximate 500 passengers from the first leg, still sailing with us back to Sydney, are sneezing and coughing. Tom has had a runny nose for a few days but we assumed it was allergies when no coughing or sore throat ensued.


This is something new to us, seeing prepared "meals to go" in a shop specializing in this concept.  Wow!  I feel as if I've been living in a cave after visiting this huge mall in Perth.
We've been far removed from exposure to colds, flus and viruses for so long over this past year, living in areas where the air is fresh, clean and free from smog and dust.  Arriving at all of these industrial ports certainly could trigger allergic reactions for some passengers, including Tom. 

While in Perth a few days ago, we purchased some daytime, non sleepy antihistamines which seem to helped to alleviate his symptoms.  As preventive measures we've both been taking probiotics, 3 gr of vitamin C daily (spread throughout the day) and using our own bottles of Nasonex spray twice daily.


Oceanfront view of the Western Australia Maritime Museum in Fremantle.
We're both diligent in washing our hands dozens of times each day but continually observe others, even in the restrooms not washing after using the facilities. 

If everyone would wash before and after meals and restrooms visits and, after touching railings or any other public areas, covering their mouths and faces when coughing and sneezing and totally avoid toughing or shaking hands, there'd be considerably less illness on cruises. 


Across one of many entrances to the harbor in Perth/Fremantle.
If we get sick, its usually the "cruise cough," a relentless virus of one type or another than can persist for months.  The worst illness we've experienced from cruising was after the 18 night cruise from Honolulu to Sydney in June 2015. 

That illness was, by far, the worst either of us have experienced in our four years of world travel, lasting for many weeks long after the cruise ended.  We were both so sick we hardly remember arriving in Sydney, flying to Cairns, renting the car and finding our way to the vacation home in Trinity Beach.


Sandy beach in Perth.
Hopefully, we'll make it through these final two weeks without incident, arriving healthy and fit for our upcoming three months in Tasmania, in two distinct locations. 

People we've met have mentioned how they dread the cruise ending, the vacation/holiday ending to return to the "real world" often filled with stress, jobs, piles of bills and mail, tasks and responsibilities. 


Quiet sandy beach in Perth.
We only
 receive a few pieces of mail each month at our Nevada mailing service, none of which is urgent since we pay insurance and credit cards online.  As a result we never face a "pile of mail."  We handle everything online with ease as the necessity arises. 

Our "real world" is more world travel, blissfully heading to the next location,
the next adventure, the next leg of our worldwide journey.  We never forget for one day, how grateful we are to be together, living this fulfilling life filled with one wonder after another.

Main entrance to the Western Australia Maritime Museum.
We hope you have a wonder filled day!
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Photo from one year ago today, November 18, 2015:
The Montfort Technical Institute in Savusavu which assists poor children academically and economically to gain skills to prepare them for a productive adulthood.  For more photos, please click here.

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