After an 18 day journey that covered more than 6,400 nautical miles we glided through Sydney Harbor Wednesday morning past the Opera House and docked at the International Terminal near the Harbor Bridge. The shadowy outlines of those two icons were rather welcoming sights I have to admit!
This was our longest voyage. All but six had been ‘at sea’ aboard the Celebrity Solstice – a floating home-away-from-home. However some of our fellow passengers had boarded the ship back in Seattle and had been aboard for seven weeks!
One of the best parts of such long periods at sea are those travelers you meet and friendships that are forged along the way. We have a wonderful new group of friendships that span the globe from Australia to the U.S. and on to Greece. (Many of these folks make our travels sound like we are ‘stay at homes’ in comparison to their adventures.)
Our appreciation of the size and vastness of the Pacific Ocean has grown. It is amazing to go for days without seeing another ship, bird or plane. I heard a siren today in Sydney’s early morning and realized it was the first I had heard for weeks. Although the ship was as modern as one could be, in the midst of that ocean there were times we had no television or internet signals . . .
It was sad seeing our ship set sail last night as it begins its South Pacific season. I’ve taken loads of photos and have Tales of the South Pacific to tell you after we get home and settled back into the Northwest – until then we wish you safe travels and hope this post finds you well. That’s it for Travel Photo Thursday!