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Explorer of the Seas
A beautiful morning in Neutral Bay.  

A beautiful morning in Neutral Bay.  

I woke up this morning, way too earlyactually,  to greet Explorer of the Seas as she sailed past on her way to Circular Quay. I have a soft spot in my heart for this ship, mainly because I have spent just over 2 months on board this year.

Here she is.   

Here she is.   

Today I will board her for the final time this year. We will be heading to New Caledonia and Vanuatu on this cruise. It includes a new port for me, 😀. Port Vila. 

One thing I’m looking forward to on this cruise is catching up with the cruise director, Topi, who I met in the Serenade of the Seas earlier this year. I also get to catch up with the his staff, one more sail away party with; Heart, Kristine, Silvia, Jacob and Michael. Some very excellent people who make cruising so awesome. 

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There’s only one cruise ship larger that comes to Sydney, and that’s next.  

The Atlantic

I really wanted to begin this story with some sort of chronology. But time be damned! I have to record yesterdays memories before they become like the very thing I experienced, ie foggy.
When I imagine the Atlantic I imagine storms, giant waves, fisherman fighting the elements, u-boats hunting Allied convoys, the Mary Celeste, and of course the Titanic. 
Yesterday was something I have never experienced. The Atlantic was calm, the surface just a few ripples, with near to no swell, and the fog surrounding us was like something out a of a mystery movie. Oppressive and impenetrable. It seemed 20 meters away at all times. The Serenade of the Seas sounded the fog horn every few minutes, the huge thundering bellow was the only sound out on deck. 
It was very easy to imagine these were the conditions that the Titanic, the Mary Celeste encountered on their crossings. And with no desire to end up in the icy waters of the Atlantic, the same conditions that Allied convoys would hope for to hide from German u-boats