|GWe return to the ship after a very choppy tender ride indeed and the Commodore makes an announcement. We are expecting gale force winds and a very large swell over the next couple of days! Basically batten down the hatches and expect a lot of rolling. We have two sea days until we get to Australia and Sydney.
The Commodore was right, it was pretty rough, he describes the seas as "confused", which I think means the waves are coming from a number of directions, it all adds to the excitement. The guests were staggering from one side to the other looking like they had all been to the wine tasting session! We play the quizzes with, among others, George and Eileen. George doesn't appear for the quiz as he is suffering from what Cunard now officially describe as 'motion induced discomfort' (seasickness). Ian finds this very funny as George served in the Navy for 25 years! We are told he worked on submarines for this very reason!
That night there is a Queen tribute band. They do very well considering how much the ship is moving. Within 10 minutes about 30 people have got up and left the theatre. They are the older members of the audience. Perhaps the music was too loud. What were they expecting from a Queen tribute band? A vIolin concerto?
Those of us who stayed had a real treat, singing and clapping along and dancing in the aisles, well standing up and clinging to the chair back in front of us and moving about. One daring soul in the boxes was standing up and waving his arms about, Ian was offering me bets that he would fall out and crash into the seats below him. Fortunately he stayed where he was. Going to bed that night is like a return to babyhood, being rocked to sleep.
The following day we go to a lecture from David Campeze, Australian rugby player. Interesting enough but lacking real substance. The seas are getting calmer, quite a few bandaged limbs around the ship. One man broke his hip and is being taken straight to hospital when we reach Sydney. Hope his insurance covers ambulance transfers, from our experience in 2015 that will cost about A$1,900, although the hospital treatment itself is first rate and free. (The UK and Australia have a reciprocal health agreement but it doesn't cover ambulances for some reason!)
I awake at 5am and look out to see lights in the distance. I sit on the balcony as we get closer to the harbour. We have to moor before 7am when the ferries start. I can see the opera house and bridge as we get closer.
Sydney has been named the worlds favourite tourist destination. It has has a lovely natural harbour, countless golden beaches and pleasant year round climate.
Sydney has a population of 4.3 million and is one of Australia's oldest and largest city.
More to follow .......