The best advice when cruising came from my sister: "Never take the lifts, use the stairs!" Benefits of this include enforced exercise and not being subjected to cold and flu germs in the elevators/lifts.
We flew to Sydney at the end of July to embark on the Sun Princess - a holiday we planned a year ago. Not our first cruise (that was 35 years ago in the Mediterranean) but a long time between! Good news was that we were upgraded at the last minute to a stateroom with a balcony ... on level 11.
The flight left Perth at some alarmingly early hour; we made it with time to spare, just as well because neither Roland or I are au fait with checking in with nothing to show! No tickets or anything 'official' looking; not so comfortable for a pair of old darlings like us.
Transfers from Sydney airport to the ship were smooth and we boarded our home for the next two-and-a-half weeks. The logistics of boarding almost 2,000 passengers is mind-boggling but the whole exercise was quick and remarkably painless. We sailed out of Sydney soon after 4.00pm.
Barangaroo Wharf and The Rocks.
We sailed under the Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House. The people climbing the Bridge waved at us and we waved back!
Out through the Harbour to the Heads, looking back at the sunset over the city.
to be continued ...