Underway from Sydney
1.4.18 - 1.4.18 70 °F
Our hotel, the Ovolo at Wooloomooloo is one of the top hotels in Sydney, located in a former warehouse in the Wooloomooloo district. The building itself is on the Australian Historic Register because of its storied heritage. In addition to the hotel rooms, there are also apartments in the building, one of which is owned by Russell Crowe, but he did not invite us to dinner last night.
We checked out of the hotel just after 11:00am and our driver met us at about 11:25am. It was about a 20 minute drive to the modern cruise terminal and we check in and boarded in a total of about 15 minutes. About as smooth as you could get.
After the standard muster drill we got underway for one of the great cruise departures in the world. We commented that it rivaled getting underway from Stockholm, which was truly spectacular. Of course the highlight was passing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Under the direction of Dr John Bradfield of the NSW Department of Public Works, the bridge was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd of Middlesbrough and opened in 1932. The bridge's design was influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York City. It is the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world and the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m (440 ft) from top to water level. It was also the world's widest long-span bridge, at 48.8 m (160 ft) wide, until construction of the new Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver was completed in 2012. It was fun to see the folks on top of the bridge. One of the more popular Sydney attractions is taking a tour to the top of the bridge!
The next two days are at sea, before arriving at Fjordland in New Zealand. We also move our clocks ahead two hours over the next two nights.