Cruise series: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Like a sunrise...coming into Darling Harbour

Like a sunrise…coming into Darling Harbour

I am hopeless at getting up early and we have to be up at some frightful hour in order to be ready for our 7:10am disembarkation from the Radiance of the Seas which means I manage to see sunrise as we pass through the heads into Sydney Harbour. Continue reading

Cruise series: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (daytime)


Good morning Newcastle
Good morning Newcastle


The Radiance of the Seas arrives into Newcastle at 10:00am.

Although we dock in Newcastle Dockyard, we still need to get to the city centre by bus and … bonus for the passengers… we don’t even have to pay for the bus this time!  The loading of passengers onto the buses seems to take forever and we are finally dropped into town at midday. Continue reading

Cruise series: Cairns to Newcastle (evening)

Tonight we are starting to get sad, it is now the countdown to the end of the cruise.  We have one full day in Newcastle tomorrow and our last meal in the dining room tomorrow night.  So, for our second last meal of the cruise, we are certainly not disappointed with a delicious entree of creamed mushrooms on filo pastry and for main…Kangaroo (is it crazy to eat an animal significant enough to be incorporated into your national emblem?). Continue reading

Cruise series: Cairns to Newcastle via Whitsunday Islands (evening)

Tonight is suggested formal wear for dinner so we put on our nice clothes and head to the dining room.  Alex looks so respectable in his suit.  With another lovely meal under our belts (literally) Alex gives a personal gratuity of US$30 to our Indian waiter Sakthmal and the head waiter also of US$30 to say thank you.  Continue reading