I still call Australia home 🇦🇺 As at the day of publishing this final chapter; 29th November 2022 it will be exactly 20 years since my brother Mark (Born Michael William Bayliss) died from AIDS. I dedicate this whole story both to him and to our Mother Gloria Kivlichan (nee Bayliss). I also dedicate this… Continue reading Gloria – Part 14 (The final chapter)
March Transpacific Cruise on the MS Maasdam When we sailed away from Raratonga in the Cook Islands in the early afternoon of 13th March with the ship now at just over half capacity we knew we now had a few sea days ahead with all the cancelled French Polynesian Ports but were still looking forward… Continue reading ‘That’ Transpacific Cruise. PART 3
It has to be said that our ships master, Captain P.J. Van Maurik worked tirelessly to get us into ports, as I know many people in Holland America Line were doing for us behind the scenes. After several days of negotiating with both the Cook Islands & Papette port authorities it was agreed that the… Continue reading ‘That’ Transpacific Cruise, Part 2
4 weeks on board the MS Maasdam during the global coronavirus pandemic. (PART 1) Despite the title of this blog, if I am completely honest I don’t think I ever really felt ‘stranded’ on the Maasdam because despite the emotional rollercoaster we have all been on during the past 4 weeks I feel that pretty… Continue reading ’That’ Transpacific Cruise – Part 1
We are currently stuck on the Holland America Line cruise ship MS Maasdam in the middle of the South Pacific. Unfortunately however none of my blogs with any content or photos will currently upload with the poor wifi, so if anyone wants to follow our current “adventure” then please like our facebook page ‘Mums Travel… Continue reading Covid 19 – Stranded at sea
With travel comes opportunity....with opportunity comes choice....with choice comes decision making! There is no denying it, since we started travelling last July we have been pretty much living the dream life. However behind the scenes I have still been working very hard (honestly!) I have been dedicating many many hours to running my celebrancy and… Continue reading We just can’t get enough!
ENRICHMENT BEYOND EXPECTATION It's funny how sometimes you set your expectations really high, only to be disappointed, whilst other times you can have fairly low expectations and find yourself completely blown away - well the latter was my experience of our most recent cruise aboard Holland America Line ship MS Maasdam. I chose this cruise… Continue reading Review of Holland America Lines transpacific cruise aboard MS Maasdam, Auckland to San Francisco.
I knew that would get a few people's attention! Tour Guide and Boat Captain 'Albert' from Rarotonga, Cook Islands ....Ok, Ok, maybe not with him, (although he is rather BEAUTIFUL!!!) but I have fallen head over heels in love.......with Polynesia!!! The islands, the people, the culture, the art, the lifestyle, the rituals, just everything. I… Continue reading I’ve fallen in love ❤️
Today, 1st May 2019 at around 2am we crossed the equator aboard the MS Maasdam. It wasn't the first time we had crossed from one hemisphere to another but previous occasions have been only in aircraft, so today was the first time we had actually sailed across the line, and whatsmore we now each have… Continue reading King Neptune Ceremony.
This week hasn't been the best, Cameron got struck down with the flu and was VERY poorly for 48hrs, but thankfully as many kids do he has now bounced up as quickly as he went down. When we arrived in the port of Moorea, Tahiti a few days ago he was quite hot and off… Continue reading Quarantined on board ship!