Hi one and all, hopefully you behaved as you should to bring in 2018. Loads of parties happened around the various pools and in many of the bars here on board. Everyone seems to have had a good time and things were pretty quiet on board until about lunchtime New Year's Day.
On 2 Jan we called in to Bali. We dropped anchor about 3 kms off shore and had to tender in. Given we'd done most of the usual touristy things during previous visits to Bali we decided to check out Denpasar and get to other less visited places. As usual Bali was hot and humid and even the less touristy places seemed just as touristy as any other spots. Still, we did come across a Balinese wedding at the State Museum with the couple in full dress.
After Bali we had a couple of days at sea before we arrived back in Malaysia for a visit to KL. Our ship docked about 1 hour from KL but the drive in was very good. After visiting and experiencing all the previous ports/towns on the cruise we were pleased with the excellent condition of the roads and also the cleanliness and modernity of KL and the whole of the countryside we drove through to reach it.
We were in KL of a Friday and so couldn't go inside the grand National Mosque but at least we got to see it from outside. We also checked out the National Museum, a really interesting museum and well worth a good few hours (something unfortunately we didn't have). We also checked out Independence Square and the historic colonial era buildings surrounding the square. Finally we had a look around the Petronas Twin Towers.
After KL we sailed on to the capital of Penang, George Town. From what we saw it's pretty much "faded glory" with a lot of run down areas, but with a few surprises in between. In Little India we saw a great Hindu temple and a Chinese ancestral family temple.
This second part of our cruise has seen a couple of speakers come on board. One presents a talk each day on our next port of call and the other is a retired Lt Col from the Australian army who has been giving us fascinating presentations on 2nd World War sea battles and the conquest by the Japanese of the lands in the areas we have been sailing.
Tomorrow we're off to Phuket and then our cruise is almost at an end as we dock back in Singapore on Tuesday.