The 'Himalaya' was one class and full of middle aged Australian and English people, there were hardly any young ones on board, plus David and I couldn't get a room together so David was sharing a room with a German fellow, my room mate was also German and spent most of her time sleeping, which wasn't much fun and totally forgettable which I have done... completely forgotten it! The photos and tomorrows post letter reminds me of our trip.
One of the things these middle aged people did when arriving in each Port, was to catch a tourist coach. This is something David and I have never done and even now that we are 'middle aged' ourselves, couldn't even contemplate doing, we've always much preferred to explore and discover each Port - Country - City down on the ground on shanks pony, local transport or even a hired car!
In 1977 we sailed once again to the U.K., we had three children 5 yrs, 3 yrs and 4 months old, we chose to travel on a Greek shipping line, on the 'Australis'. This ship was dreadful, they had no facilities for young children and they even ran out of toilet paper. On our return at the end of 1978 we went back to P&O on the 'Oriana', this was a fantastic trip, so good the children didn't want to get off the ship in Ports, the playroom was such fun plus the Nanny would take them to the Bar for Pink Lemonades... for the kids and Pink Gin's for her :-) The children still have great memories of that trip.
David and I spent the day with Janet and David Reidie, a young Canadian couple, firstly on Waikiki Beach. I wonder what happened to Janet and David?
I can't believe I found this weird round thing on Google Maps, it does look as though it's been moved since 1970 and the buildings around are nothing like the ones in the photo above. I'm amazed to see how enormous Honolulu is now.
Night time, and the Hare Krishna are out and about. We'd never seen this sort of thing before, lots of new experiences.