On board a cruise liner there are almost 2000 other people sharing the space, plus another 800 staff.
But it is still possible to find a place to be alone, especially early in the morning as the sun rises. As Brie Anne says “almost everyone overlooks the early mornings“.
To just appreciate the beauty of the surroundings and marvel at having an opportunity to listen to the pulse of the ocean, I would go up on to the Promenade Deck and watch the sun rise. I did not get up early every morning, after all I am on a cruise! Some days were overcast when I peered through the porthole and then I would snuggle back down under the blankets.
There were 2 outstanding sunrises and one was the as we sailed into Tauranga.
This is the glorious sunrise as we sailed into Tauranga.
The other one was quite different, no big blaze of glory but shafts of light (Crepuscular rays) that radiated from behind the clouds to highlight the misty outline of the distant hills. A gentle and gradual awakening of the day.
There are so many things to keep you occupied on a cruise but it is these quiet moments that will live in my memory.