Shortly a rescue helicopter came from shore, hovered over the ship, lifted the ailing cruiser in a stretcher and flew her to the nearest hospital on land. Although all cruise ships have medical facilities on board, they are not equip to conduct surgical operations. It is reassuring to know that in medical emergencies they know what they can and cannot do and always know when to call for outside assistance when needed.
After that little unplanned excitement, the rest of the day was spent celebrating Australia Day at sea.
The land-based rescue helicopter which came immediately to evacuate the ailing passenger
It was Australia Day!
Poolside barbie, Australian style
My photos did not do justice to the food made available poolside for the special day.