Rocking and Rolling

and it seems to be bothering a few people. Enough that the ship doesn’t seem as crowded as perhaps it might be. We are sailing east – across the Tasman which has a reputation for some of the rougher seas going.

I don’t think that you really want photos of people staggering around the ship looking like drunks even when they are sober.  The waves have been running about 6-7 meters with the occasional whump and clunk just to make those cruisers unfamiliar with the phenomena look around with anxiety.

So instead I will provide you a few photos of Sydney Harbor, first early in the day when we were all coping with the more than the occasional bit of rain.

The ship as seen from the upper terrace of the Modern Art Museum

The ship as seen from the upper terrace of the Modern Art Museum

Statue with Bridge in the background

Statue with Bridge in the background

and the mandatory pix of the Opera House

and the mandatory pix of the Opera House

And then as we sailed out. It was just after dark and there were lights on just about all the buildings.

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The Opera House actually looks a bit better when you can’t see the wear and tear on the concrete… and the Bridge doesn’t have climbers all over the place.  (and you are stuck with larger than thumbnail….)

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as per usual – photos were taken with a Canon 5D and either the f4 24-70mm lens or the 75-300mm lens. The ship was vibrating a bit and hand held is always a bit of a challenge….

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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9 Responses to Rocking and Rolling

  1. Stuart Moxley says:

    Fantastic photo’s. Hopefully you can upgrade the “larger than thumbnails” when you get to a port.
    Stu Leaving on the Coral Princess tomorrow

    • Holly Doyne says:

      actually, if you click on any of the photos, your browser should load them in a much larger size…

  2. Terry says:

    I am soooooo jealous !!!!!

  3. Marise says:

    lucky duck! safe travels as always you woman of the world you!

  4. Isobel says:

    Great pictures of the opera house

  5. Clint says:

    Yes, remember crossing the Tasman well. Remember the rouge wave at one am.

  6. Carmen says:

    The opera house lit up is quite lovely!

  7. Cheryl says:

    I have a question for you. We are on the Explorer Seattle to Sydney in October 2016. You posted on Cruise Critic there was a Welcome Back Crown and Anchor Party same day as Meet & Mingle. How much time was there in-between the two events? Was the C&A party for all status levels? I ask this because I am organizing a slot (pokies) pull and I have found on past cruises the optimum time was after Meet & Mingle. Thanks…

  8. Holly says:

    Cheryl –
    there was almost no time between. Less than 5 minutes to tell you the truth which made life extremely difficult for the Gift Exchange folks.

    The C&A was the general all comers held in the theater.

    Given that you are likely to have at least 10 sea days (and I think more) I might suggest going a bit later in the cruise and just tell everyone that if they don’t provide you a cabin number, their slot will be give away…..

    leaving messages on the phone system isn’t all that hard. And the casino people here are really, really supportive.

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