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2015 - SWAN HELLENIC MINERVA - HONG KONG

The starting point of a cruise to Singapore via the Philippines & Indonesia aboard the now defunct Minerva


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This is going to be an epic journey .. Starting in Hong Kong with an ocean voyage to Singapore, river cruises on the Mekong in Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos, the Irrawaddy in Myanmar & a Transpacific from Australia to Vancouver

First a short stay in Hong Kong to wait for the Minerva to turn up.

Here I am flying into the airport.

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Hong Kong is such a delight to visit. Right in the airport there is a stand selling the Octopus transport card. I picked up the seniors version & they do not even ask for ID .. It will save me a few dollars off what is already a really cheap transportation system.

The train to Hong Kong Island from the airport starts right inside the airport .. . beautifully clean, fast & efficient, it dropped me off at a station where there are free shuttle buses to hotels. I stayed in the City Garden Hotel near Fortress Hill Metro station . . an unremarkable but ok hotel a bit away from downtown.

I walked to the closest ferry crossing & used my card that gives me a free trip to the Kowloon side. Strolled along the shore-line & saw a little boy on his own riding a tricycle a bit too close to the edge of the water for my liking. I tried to get a passing lady to understand that he seemed to be in danger, but without success. There was a nursery where I could see kids playing inside & adults but I could not get anyones attention. A couple of old guys appeared to keep an eye on the boy so I left them to it. I hope he did not end up falling into the ocean.

After a bit more of a walk I found a food street teeming with kids out of school for lunch .. no tourists at all & it looked very interesting but too many people for me so I wandered back to ferry & returned to the hotel.

Unusual for a cruise, my ship allowed me aboard a day before it sailed so I took the metro to the ship, parked my suitcase & went for a look at Kowloon by night ....

Here is the MS Minerva .. parked right downtown .

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Lots of people along the Avenue of the Stars ..

& out shopping.

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The excursions are built into the price of the cruise & here is the start of the first one as we wait for the Peak Tram.

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& people peeking out as we climb the Peak.

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Some nice views at the top of Victoria Peak

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Chinese New Year seems to last all year.

Now we are down the other side of the Peak & on the waters of Aberdeen harbour & the Jumbo Floating Restaurant where I expected we would eat but no such luck.

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That building has a hole in the middle .. Fenn Shui perhaps or to let the spirits have easy access from the mountain.

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Here we are at a pleasant little beach at the back of Stanley Market

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& so back to the ship & a front row seat for the famous Hong Kong light show .. which I had seen before & is not so good if one cannot hear the musical accompaniment .. a bit like a fireworks display without the noise

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Posted by hasbeen 16:00 Archived in Hong Kong Tagged hong_kong

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