We are sailing the same waters charted by those brave navigators centuries before us; James Cook and Ferdinand Magellan, among them. I dare say our ship, the Celebrity Solstice, pictured above, is far more luxurious than the ships they sailed. And much larger -- it would take almost 10 of Cook’s ships to stretch the length of ours.
And now that we’ve been on this vast stretch of ocean for five days, passing no other ships, seeing no other forms of life, we are even more impressed with the courage of those early day explorers. We leave tonight for another four days at sea to reach New Zealand.
Our ship has 15 floors stretching from the lower floor 2 where we board the tenders that take us to shore in many ports, (photo above from a tender) all the way up to the very tip-top Sunset Deck from where we wile away hours watching the clouds and sea.
Our room we describe as being on one of the ship’s bulges – we are on the 8th floor – quite in the middle of the ship. The circle to the left of the “X” above highlights the area in which our cabin is located.
By being on the bulge our balcony is slightly larger than those on the narrow part of the ship. Note the flat screen television - (we watched our Husky football team play last week and today we are watching Sunday NFL football following our return to the ship.