Our lovely Airbnb hosts take us round to the cruise terminal and leave us with our bags, (the most we have ever travelled with) and we wave a fond farewell.
The bags are taken away and after filling in countless forms we sit and wait for the boarding call. Jack sketches.
There it is, the Oosterdam, our home for the next 2 weeks. I am very impressed, it is huge…
After the general welcome aboard we are told that we MUST all muster on the Promenade deck for a life boat drill, in case of emergencies, which, of course, they do not expect to happen, and we hope will not happen!!!
Just a very small section of the passengers, mustering for the drill in our area. These will, hopefully, fit into our lifeboat number 4 in the unlikely event of an emergency. There are 1889 passengers and it took almost 30 minutes for everyone to be accounted for and ticked as present. We were told if we did not attend this drill we would be put off the ship…
Then it was time to find our “stateroom”
This is the door to our room, 1006, what a surprise when we opened the door…
We have a window, oops I should maybe say “porthole”, and have been upgraded to a larger, 4 berth, room.
Notice the TV and video? 3 wardrobes and around the corner is an en suite. We are delighted with our new home. More space than when we lived in Matilda.
At 5pm we went up on deck to watch as we slowly pulled away from Sydney
It was a grey and drizzly evening as we headed out to sea.
Under the harbour bridge, past Lunar Park, we are on our way to New Zealand.
This is my first cruise and I am very impressed with the organisation and looking forward to the next 14 days.
Back down in our room the sun is setting over the ocean and our room attendants have been in to close the curtains and leave us chocolates and a cute towelling animal.
So the adventure begins…