World Wonders Cruise Diary – Day 35-36 – Pigging Out at Sea

Since our departure from Hobart, Tasmania, the weather had wreaked havoc on us during the days at sea.  In fact, it was so bad that our stop at Melbourne had to be canceled due to huge storms in the area.  We were upset because we’d planned to meet up with our friends Stan and Gigi who live there, but at least we’d been able to visit them on our 2006 cruise.  Many of our fellow passengers were looking forward to their first Melbourne experience, and we felt bad for them.

So with Melbourne a bust, our next journey was 2 sea days between Hobart and Sydney.  The night before our arrival at Sydney was quite unpleasant, with the ship rolling in 20+ foot waves and vicious winds.  The waves crashing against the ship caused it to shake, rattle and roll – not the recipe for a good night’s sleep!

And it got worse than this!

We learned later that it was the worst storm Sydney had seen in 21 years, with a lot of property damage and flooding.  On the positive side, this one storm refilled their water supply from its 30% drought level to 70%, and it put out several of the bushfires that were still burning!

Mona Liza’s seasickness kit

As Captain Lars had correctly explained, even if we’d been able to dock at Melbourne there was no way we would have arrived at Sydney in time for the 400+ folks who were departing the ship to make their flights home.  Such are the tribulations of a world cruise!

Mona Liza gets a moment with the busy captain

And speaking of tribulations, we got our first CoronaVirus related announcement later. We were informed that China and Hong Kong have closed their ports, as a result, the captain canceled our stops there, revised our itinerary and we’d have extra time in Singapore.  Of course folks weren’t happy about that – especially the hundreds of passengers scheduled to disembark at Hong Kong.  But Viking did the right thing, and they’re doing the best they can to assist departing passengers and re-schedule port stops and excursions the rest of us had booked.  What a logistical mess!

And on a more appetizing note –

The rest of this post is dedicated to an over-the-top Australia/New Zealand brunch buffet that happened the day before we entered stormy seas.  I almost missed it due to a scheduled appointment, but fortunately I had enough time to gorge myself while Mona Liza ran around taking dozens of pictures.  If you’re not into food pictures you are excused now…

Waiting for the official start – gee, where could Mona Liza be?
Final inspection by the head waiter and restaurant manager, with the Manuka Honey Health Island station in the foreground
Bread and soup station
Loads of King Crab legs
It looks like JC has the Mimosa and Bloody Mary station under control!
Planning my attack on the amazing sushi station
Salad anyone?
Desserts galore
Several ways to serve New Zealand Green Mussels
The busy pasta station

How’s this for an amazing fruit presentation?

I think this was the “everything else in the world” station!
Tables of cheeses from Australia and New Zealand
Poached Lobster and Caviar

Mona Liza posed with her new BFF’s (Best Filipino Friends) who work onboard:

Time to eat some chocolate!
Chef Jeffrey (r) gives his crew last-minute instructions at the egg station

This was definitely the most incredible food presentation we’ve seen on a cruise ship, or anywhere else for that matter.  About an hour later the ship became very quiet, we suspect everyone was in their stateroom taking a nap!  But by 6:00pm the regular restaurants were filling up for yet another feast.  Holy cow, I think I’ve just about met my weight-gain goal for the cruise already!

Finally, it was time to hunker down for another night of rock and roll through torrential rain and wind.  Can’t wait for the ground to stop moving when we get to Sydney!




  1. Oh my gosh, the food on this cruise looks amazing. Glad to hear you’ve put a little meat on your bones, Steve 🤣 And exactly where is ML? Guess someone had to be behind a camera taking all those beautiful images. Looks like all that motion sickness stuff is working as evidenced by her huge smile in the photos.

  2. For a feast like that, I would have suffered my alcohol and gluten intolerances!! Those bread creations are gorgeous. Sorry to hear about the rough seas and cancellations. Stay safe out there!

  3. The food looks absolutely amazing, with so many healthy choices. What happens to all of the leftovers? I hope the staff gets to enjoy them. 🙂

    I never thought about how the weather would affect being able to dock in some places. And viruses. 😦 But despite the challenges, it looks like you guys are having a fabulous time. I’m glad that brunch was scheduled before the rough seas.

  4. Oh, my!! This was the most amazing spread I’ve seen. I would have been in heaven with that salad bar, King Crab leg (and already split), shrimp, and cheese!! Too bad the ship then rocked and rolled all that food. Sorry about your missing Melbourne and your friends. But Australia really needed that rain. John and I looked back at your entire route last week and figured you would missing China and Hong Kong with the virus. I didn’t realize that not everyone was doing the four months. Interesting! Sure hope the weather calms down for you. You’ve had some rough seas.

  5. All the cruise lines are scrambling to revise their Asian itineraries where they can or canceling them outright where they can’t. But that’s the vagaries of travel … be it on land or on the high seas. You make lemonade from the lemons and keep on enjoying.

  6. Wow… that food looks incredible! And so fresh and healthy! Great photos too. I hope things settle down with the weather, but at least I don’t have to worry that y’all are gonna go hungry out there!!

  7. I was wondering what would happen about CoronaVirus, as I recalled from an earlier post that you were headed to multiple ports in Asia. I’m glad to hear the crew has made safe decisions to keep everyone helpful. Bummer about the missed destinations, though. But I’ve heard wonderful things about Singapore so I look forward to reading about your time there!

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