Voyager of the Sea was in port in early December. While it is not the largest ship in the world, its passenger capacity is the highest. I took tram ride down to the port to have a look at her.
Security is always tight when a cruise ship is visiting.
This is a pillar kept from when Centenary Bridge was demolished in 1991. Essentially, the bridge was a road flyover and I don't recall any tears being shed when it was demolished.
As you can see, Voyager of the Seas rather dwarfs the Spirit of Tasmania, a daily ferry to Devonport on the Australian island state of Tasmania.
Nothing like a good rotunda. I have never seen this one used.
This toilet block harks back to a time when many European immigrants arrived at Station Pier and settled in the local area, hence the Ladies/Donne/Rynaikia sign.
A little whimsy.
View of the boats as I walked along the street towards the shops.
The home of Circus Oz, a performing circus without animals.
Morley's Coal Depot building. I wonder what those who used to hump sacks of coal around and ended up with ruined backs would think of a gym taking over.
This would be an old post office, a proper post office, staffed by dour and unfriendly staff. While post offices in normal street shops may be regretted, I don't miss the staff of years ago.
It seems little effort has been put into keeping the Bay Street streetscape. I blame VCAT, of course. How did anyone think this modern building would look right.
I was a bit mystified about this church tower. I looks old but also new. A little research tells me that, if I have the right one, it was illegally demolished by a developer and he was ordered to re-erect it.
I wandered up Bay Street to Liardet Street and caught the 606 bus to St Kilda. I remember the council sending us a survey some years ago regarding an improvement to the 606. It was along the lines of if the service was improved, would we use the bus. It was nonsense for us as the bus runs no where near where we live, however, I have now used the bus once and from memory it only used to run in the morning and evening peaks. It is now a forty minute interval weekday service. Of course a tram along the sea front, ala Black Pool, would be much preferable and very popular.