We queued to check in, not too long. We were then seated to wait for our turn at Border Force (I hate the name, but that is what it is now called, formerly Customs and Immigration). The area we were in did not have heating or cooling, which is not a problem as cruise ships don't operate from Station Pier in Winter, but it must be terrible on a hot day. We were soon on board and found our cabin, which was on Deck 11, called Baja (pronounced Baha). I think decks 7 to 12 are for passengers, below for entertainment venues, administration, the crew, engines and whatever else a ship needs to sail. There isn't a Deck 13 and the highest is the small Deck 17.
When we sailed on the Royal Princess in the Mediterranean we had a balcony. We did not this time and it made the layout of the same sized
I wanted to be aft as we departed at 4pm to take photos. We left at 3.50. Bye bye Melbourne.
Deck 15 overlooking Deck 14 for good views of the city, views that no one will ever see unless they are departing by ship from Station Pier. There was a bottle of sparkling wine for the first passenger into the pool while clothed. I hope he took his phone out of his pocket.
Melbourne's notorious West Gate Bridge to take traffic to the western suburbs.
A bit out of order. The chaos on the pier had cleared.
If you see the ferry The Spirit of Tasmania on her own, she looks big, but our ship dwarfed her.
Looking towards Port Melbourne and Albert Park.
A forest of apartment towers at Southbank.
A friend lives in one of these very expensive apartment blocks in Beacon Cove.
Let's get the party started with crew and some passengers dancing. The bear was to have your photo taken with, which are then on public display and you can buy the photos at a rather high price. We had our photos taken a couple of times during the trip, once while boarding, but no one, least of all me, would pay for photos of us.
Melbourne's tallest building, Eureka Tower is in this photo.
Far left in the photo is a glass faced building and the top of The Highrise can be seen above it. So there Margaret, now you know.
The top of The Highrise can be seen a bit better in this photo, a little right of centre.
Container moving machinery at the docks. Melbourne has Australia's busiest container port.
The tug boat departing.
Looking towards Williamstown.
The lighthouses at Queenscliff. The next village is where Sister lives.
And out through Port Phillip Heads.
The next two days were at sea, so the next post will be Day 4 when we reach New Zealand. If you are wondering about anything about this kind of cruising, feel free to ask in comments or via email. This is our second sea cruise, third if I include our Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise which we agree was our best holiday ever, and the most expensive. You get what you pay for.