During the evening after leaving KK we noticed yellow and white lights on the horizon. We found out from the Captain that the yellow lights were oil rigs and the yellow lights were fishing vessels. The next day we woke up with the sun shining on our balcony, so we ventured out onto it for breakfast. The ship continued north east through the Palawan Passage with the Island of Palawan (Philippines) on our starboard side, whilst we were in the Commodore Club having champagne with the Captain and his Senior Officers. As we have said before, life is hard sailing around the world!!
In the afternoon we changed course to North West and out over the South China Sea heading for our next port of call, Hong Kong.
It was very misty as we sailed through the Hung Hom Fairway to dock at Ocean Terminal on the Kowloon peninsula. We left the ship and boarded a traditional Chinese junk for a leisurely harbour cruise through the bustling Victorian Harbour. We were struck by the height and the number of skyscraper buildings both office and residential. Points of interest were the Central Wanchai waterfront, Causeway Bay and North Point and viewing the deep sea fishing junks and two cruise ships anchored in the harbour. We were informed that these were used as Casinos at night as gambling is not allowed in Hong Kong. We disembarked next to the Star Ferry terminal on Hong Kong Island and took a coach (the peak tram was closed for maintenance) to the top of Victoria Peak. Fantastic views on the way up and at the top. The coach then took us to the Aberdeen Marina Club for a delicious Chinese Dim Sum lunch. Very good !!!! Afterwards we went on a Sampam boat ride viewing the fishing boats which for many is their home. Fascinating. Then onto the small village of Stanley and its Market.
The second day was spent walking and exploring the town of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, along the Nathan Road and it's shopping malls , the Kowloon Park and Mosque, and then back around the Waterfront Promenade, the Avenue of Stars, passing HK Space Museum, Museum of Art and the Cultural Centre. Then back to ship for some fuel before taking the Star Ferry across the harbour to Central Hong Kong and walk along the raised walkways, a small detour to the Apple Store and onto the Central - Mid-Levels Escalator (the world's longest covered escalator) viewing, below us, the bustling city streets. Very tired we returned on a Star Ferry back to our ship.
For the second night we had a lovely view of the Harbour by night from our balcony with a spectacular laser light display. At midnight we sailed away with a new Captain and many other new crew members including a new dining waitress called Natalia, a lovely name, and onto Vietnam.