Thoughts on Sydney & Rhapsody of the Seas
Oct 16, 2010
|Thoughts on Sydney ....
We're relaxing in the Radisson's Lounge, sipping coffee and reading the local paper. Before we head to the cruise ship, here are some things that we noticed about this city ...
- The people of Sydney are very polite! The idea of a group of school children would accept, without question, being booted off a bus because a couple of them entered from the rear rather than the front, was quite surprising to us. But after a while, it was clear that Aussies are a very respectful group as a whole, at least as we experienced.
- Profanity is not sprinkled into everyday conversations. We have heard only one “f” word the entire time we’ve been here. And, it was yelled at us while we were biking ... we forgot to stay on the left and had a speed demon nearly collide with our group. Can’t say that I blame him for yelling.
- No one wears shirts with huge logos or inappropriate phrases (e.g. “I’m with stupid”). Also, no designer labels ... very interesting since there were more Gucci t-shirts in Havana than here!
- Small bottle of 7-Up $3.50; Starbucks small coffee $2.50; Daily newspaper $2.60; Bus, single trip, $2; Personal size pizza around $10; Halls lozenges (Aussie equivalent) $2.50. Since our dollar is at par, that should give you an idea.
- Meals are very expensive even more than Paris. Mediocre dinner with mediocre wine usually $35 per person; good dinner with good wine would be in the $60 per person range. No bread, no extras.
- We were surprised at the high proportion of Asians to Caucasians in Sydney. We weren’t sure if it was due to our location near China Town, but clearly, the percentage of Asians to Caucasians seemed to be at least 20/80. The chances of hearing Aussie accents were slim. The majority spoke other languages and when they spoke English it was with an interesting foreign accent. Immigration used to be highest from the UK, but just this year it has now changed to China.
In an hour, we'll take a taxi to the cruise terminal and join the long queue to board the Rhapsody of the Seas. In August, Joanne had the opportunity to visit the Rhapsody of the Seas while the ship was in Victoria. The Rhapsody has undergone a recent upgrade ... and it shows. Decor is gracious, but not overpowering.
The number of passenger the ship can carry is quite reasonable at a maximum capacity of just 2400 guests. Staterooms were spacious and common areas plentiful. The library is a cozy corner with leather chairs and the lounges are tucked throughout the ship.
We will settle in on our first day and spend time getting lost ... around every corner will be a new adventure.