The best advice when cruising came from my sister: “Never take the lifts, use the stairs!” Benefits of this include enforced exercise and not being subjected to cold and flu germs in the elevators/lifts.
We flew to Sydney at the end of July to embark on the Sun Princess – a holiday we planned a year ago. Not our first cruise (that was 35 years ago in the Mediterranean) but a long time between! Good news was that we were upgraded at the last minute to a stateroom with a balcony … on level 11.
The flight left Perth at some alarmingly early hour; we made it with time to spare, just as well because neither Roland or I are au fait with checking in with nothing to show! No tickets or anything ‘official’ looking; not so comfortable for a pair of old darlings like us.
Transfers from Sydney airport to the ship were smooth and we boarded our home for the next two-and-a-half weeks. The logistics of boarding almost 2,000 passengers is mind-boggling but the whole exercise was quick and remarkably painless. We sailed out of Sydney soon after 4.00pm.
Barangaroo Wharf and The Rocks.