It was turning out to be a bit like watching paint dry but then did become a little interesting. Beware, I am going to talk about thrusting, at times.
The ship, Pacific Jewel, looked old and without balconies. How old? Wikipedia tells me Crown Princess was built in 1989 in Italy for the Sitmar Cruises. In 2002 P&O bought Sitmar and she was renamed A'Rosa Blu. She was refitted in Singapore in 2004 and renamed AIDAblu. Another name change in 2007 saw her become Ocean Village Two. She received her current name in 2009 when she was transferred to her new P&O home port, Sydney.
Ropes tying her to the pier and nice and tight.
Right thrusters on to move her in towards the pier so that the ropes slacken and are able to be unhooked.
What is going on here? Hundreds of seagulls have appeared and are out the front of the ship and in a feeding frenzy. The thrusting has clearly churned up something in the water.
The last of the ropes is unhooked and they disappear into the ship's innards. With a bit of left thrusting, she moves away from the pier.
As she ponderously moves forward, the feeding frenzy moves to the rear of the ship.
So that is a tick for me, watching a ship set sail and I shan't bother again, unless I can wave off someone I know.