This holiday started a bit differently as our previous 2 cruises had left from Brisbane so we had driven and left our car near the Port at a great parking station - it had a free shuttle bus to the ship terminal, it made it so easy! We had no intentions of driving to Sydney and leaving our car at a parking station, that would have cost more than our cruise! So the options were 1. fly or 2. train - we opted for option number 2 - much cheaper and we could take our big suitcases filled to the brim! The main downside to the train was that it left at midnight and got to central just after 7am, oh well the price you pay when you want to go cruising! Let's just say, we won't be catching that train again in a hurry unless of course another 'bargain' cruise comes up!
|Mum @ Wauchope Station (I know it's daylight, this is actually when we got back after our cruise. I didn't think to take a photo when we were there at midnight!)|
|A chance for a rest break and a great photo op|
|Rubber ducky who apparently worked her way around the globe|
|Pacific Jewel looking fabulous|
|Where is everyone??|
No queues, that's how early we were and there wasn't anybody to check us in yet as they were still checking people off the previous cruise. This was fine though as we were able to at least drop our suitcases off, what a relief! It was about 2 hours until we could check in and head on board. We just sat and people gazed!
|Our spacious cabin, helps when there's only two of you!|
|First of many yummy meals|
|Cheers to our first cruise from Sydney and on the Jewel|
|The curvy thing is for the circus show|
Leaving from Barangaroo meant that we got to go under the Sydney Harbour Bridge - one of the, many, highlights of the cruise!
|Heading under the Sydney Harbour bridge! Hoooooooooonk|
|Made it under without hitting it, phew!|
|Our evening hotspot!|
We went to the main dining room for dinner, The Waterfront, and being that there were only 2 of us we were seated with other people. This isn't a problem unless the other people aren't that friendly and unfortunately that was the case for us. It's not that they were unfriendly, they did acknowledge us a couple of time, briefly, but they talked politics the whole evening - boring! Being seated with other people also means that you are served at the slowest persons pace - and they were slow plus they had 2 entrees each. It was a looooooong evening and sadly turned us off going to the Waterfront for dinner after that. The food was lovely but it was hard to enjoy it when you'd waited over an hour for it. oh well. Time for bed and a good nights sleep, wouldn't be hard to beat the train!