Day 39 – 12th February 2020, The Rocks Tour

Opera House from bottom of stairs

On completion of the Opera House Backstage Tour, we walked around Circular Quay to the historic “The Rocks”, where we enjoyed refreshments in a couple of pubs. Similar to the West Coast, the beer scene in Sydney has improved significantly since I docked at OPT in the late ’70s.

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Day 39 – 12th February, Opera House Backstage Tour

OH Joan Sutherland Theatre seating from stage

Normally when in port overnight we organise private excursions on the first day and then ship’s tours on departure day. However, to complete the Opera House backstage tour, with the ship, would have cost almost double. It starts at 06:45, well before our scheduled arrival on the first day, so we booked it on the last day in Sydney.

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Day 36 – 9th February 2020, At Sea

Seas while crossing TasmanHaving already covered today’s big issue, the itinerary change, in a separate post, this one will be shorter than usual. The ship has been moving considerably, so it isn’t conducive to carrying a big camera around, so no new photos today.

The weather also curtailed this evening’s entertainment, as it wasn’t safe to perform on the stage.

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Viking Sun World Cruise – Revised Itinerary

With the current public health issues, predominantly in Asia, especially China and Hong Kong, a number of pax are getting restless regarding any potential itinerary changes. Honk Kong is also the end of the next segment, so will have about 400 pax departing and 400 newbies arriving.

Well this morning, the Captain has issued a revised itinerary, as China and Hong Kong have closed their ports indefinitely.

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Day 35 – 8th February 2020, At Sea

Vats of Prawns and Crab legs with Boody Marys and Mimosa

Seafood Galore at Pool Deck Brunch

The Main Dining Room was closed today for both breakfast and lunch, which is most unusual for a sea day. Up on the Pool Deck they hosted an exceptionally well presented and comprehensive Brunch, with multiple stations throughout the pool area and Wintergarden.

Read on to enjoy the photos.

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Day 34 – 7th February 2020, Hobart

Australian flag with fabric structure

Welcome to Australia

Having completed our voyage through New Zealand, today we arrived in our first Australian port – Hobart, Tasmania. We will spend the next 2 weeks cruising up the East Coast and across to Darwin.

Judi headed out on a ship’s tour, while I visited a local liferaft manufacturer.

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Day 33 – 6th February 2020, Cruising Tasman Sea

Ship's position Feb 6th

Our Current Position

We expected another quiet routine sea day, but no, the Master, Officers and Crew of the magnificent Viking Sun had a few curves to throw at us today. Although the wind died down to < 10 kts, the ship continues to be a rockin’ an a rollin’ in the SW’ly swell.

Read on to determine the curves in our otherwise routine sea day.

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Day 32 – 5th February 2020, Tasman Sea

Viking FunnelThis cruise started with lots of sea days, as we crossed the vast Pacific Ocean and we were so looking forward to seeing ports. However, after 8 very busy port days, I am really enjoying getting back to the quiet sea day routine. Today is our 2nd of 3 sea days, as we pound across the Tasman Sea towards Hobart, Tasmania.

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Day 31 – 4th February 2020, Scenic Cruising

Clearing Doubtful Sound

Bye Bye New Zealand

This brings an end to an exceptional 8 days in New Zealand, one of my favourite countries in the world. After spending 2 months on the NZ Coast, on my first rip to sea, I could easily have moved here, had I not gone to Canada. The climate is great, scenery tremendous and the people are simply magnificent.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, as we continue this great adventure, pounding across the Tasman Sea, bound for Australia.

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Day 30 – 3rd February 2020, Departure Dunedin

Departing Port Chalmers

Lines are cast off and pushing off the dock – our final port in New Zealand

During our arrival this morning we had low overcast, which isn’t conducive to photographing the great arrival/departure through the narrow, navigable channel. Although still not perfect, the weather had improved for departure, so I headed up to Deck 7 to watch and snap a few photos.

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