ULOG #4 Cruising with Radiance. Part #2

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Cruising with Radiance. Part #2

She awaits in all her Radiant Glory for us to board. But we've arrived well ahead of check in so we take in the fascinating sights of Circular Quay with impatient enthusiasm.

To read Part #1 of my 'Cruising with Radiance' blog
click here:


And like all dedicated bloggers, I capture our 'home' for the next nine days from every angle. If you like the exterior of Radiance of the Seas, wait until I take you on board for a comprehensive look inside. But first things first.


After checking our bags in, we decide to walk around the perimeter of the quayside.


We came across Cadman's Cottage situated in Sydney's Rocks area. There is a ton fascinating history attached to this building which happens to be the oldest building in the Rocks and the third oldest building in Sydney.

It was originally built in 1816 for government employed coxwains and their crew members. In the early days the water would come within 8 feet (2.4 m) of this cottage during high tide but when Circular Quay was built, land was reclaimed resulting in the waterline now being a safe 100 metres away.


Cadman's Cottage was the headquarters for the Sydney Water police from 1845 to 1864. It was then converted to The Sailors Home from 1865 to 1970. Restoration took place in 1972 after the cottage was proclaimed as a Heritage site and consequently handed over to the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Authority. Currently, the building is used as the home for the Sydney Harbour National Parks information center and is open for public viewing.



Customs House was constructed in 1844-1845 and was the headquarters for Australian Customs and Border Protection Service up until 1998. When the City of Sydney Council took over in 1994 it became a popular venue for exhibitions and private functions. It is now the home of the City of Sydney Library after being refurbished in 2003. It was listed on the New South Wales Heritage register in 1999.



The Opera House hardly needs any introduction. It is of course, Sydney's most iconic building. It is situated on Bennelong Point which was originally build as a fort, named after Governor Macquarie. This world renowned venue hosts many cultural events, and is the result of many creative and innovative forms regarding architecture and structure.

It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The original quote to build the Opera House was $7 million but was finally completed at a cost of $102 million, paid largely by a State lottery.


This image (below) has been digitally altered to show off some of the 6.233 square metres of topaz coloured glass used in its constrction. The unique sails comprise of 1,056,006 roof tiles which were all imported from Sweden. They sit on a heavy podium which is reported to be the biggest pillar in the world.


The next few images take us back the the ship........The Radiance of the Seas.






It is now time to take a look inside the ship. The first thing we did after being processed to baord was to check out our room to see if our bags had been delivered. Ours hadn't arrived so, we made our way to Windjammers where the first meal of our cruise was being served.


It was two weeks before Christmas and we were pleasantly surprised to see colourful and cheerful Christmas decorations displayed.


I wonder how long it took the cooks to bake and decorate all these wonderful ginger bread houses?



After lunch I did some exploring, and the entire 360 degree views were specatcular. My attention was taken by Sydney's other important icon.......The Harbour Bridge, otherwise affectionately known as 'The Coathanger.'


The Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932 after taking six years to build. It is made of steel and contains 6 million rivets which were hand driven. When painting is required, the area covered is equivalent to 60 sports fields.

Walking it requires a certain amount of fitness. After a long walk to the base of the pylon, 200 steps are required to reach the top. It cost sixpence to cross it when it was first opened. It is now free to walk across and there is a bicycle track for bike riders in a special lane. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's largest but not the longest. Total length = 1149 metres. Arch span = 503 metres. It consists of 8 vehicle lanes, two train lines, a footpath and a cycleway.



Zooming in on Luna Park. The Luna Park Precinct in Sydney is situated on the northern shores of the harbour. This amusement park was built during 1935 and is now open all year-round. It has been used as a film location for several movies and television shows.


When Sydney's Luna Park was first opened it was a massive success. Long queues waited in front of this giant face (below) and many people had The Big Dipper (a rickety roller coaster by today's standards) in their sights. The season used to close during the winter months.


Servicemen during the Second World War congregated here with their girlfriends and it was a popular venue for the unattached, in the hope that they would meet someone special. At such times, the park's external lights were 'browned out' in the event of a Japanese sneak attack.


Tugboats shared the waters in the harbour with many other boats. Their manouvering skills were impressive.


I looked down from above and saw dock workers having a break.


The wind was getting stronger as the afternoon wore on and I hoped the weather was going to be favourable for our 'Sail Away' party at 6pm. I noticed a lot of activity around a Tall Ship below.



A wedding party was disembarking whilst another group was lining up to go on board. Oh well, if the wind didn't abate, and the seas got a little rough there are plenty of life jackets to go around.


My promenade around the deck led me towards the array of sky scrapers snuggled closely together on shore.


Ferry passengers looked up at us with envy and I felt sorry for them, knowing the treat I was about to experience.


I was getting ready to leave Sydney and I was most definitely looking forward to sailing along this most beautiful of harbours.


The sun was sinking lower on the horizon and it created interesting reflections on the buildings.

I felt the excitement build. Finally, I was getting ready to leave Sydney and I was most definitely looking forward to sailing along this most beautiful of harbours.

I know I promised to show you inside the ship but at the risk of giving you visual indigestion ( Is there such a thing?) I will finish this post with a promise to return soon with my third blog of 'Cruising With Radiance.


But before I go, I will leave you with a taste of what is to come. You see, the winds had calmed to a gentle breeze and the details of Sydneys harbourside attractions were being transformed into amazing silhouettes.

As the ship sailed smoothly away, a poolside band filled the air with lively music charging the atmosphere with exhuberant energy and then all on board were blessed with a most stunning sunset to guide our path into the night. My first night at sea. Is that not a glorious sight?






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A world cruise is on my bucket list! You had a marvellous sunset to begin your adventure. Looking forward to part 3!


Hello @cecicastor I have been wondering how you are. A world cruise would be rthe absolute ultimate for my bucket list too......but in the meantime, I will take the odd shorter one to keep me siatisfied and get to see places I haven't been to before. Thanks a lot for your visit and support. I hope all is well with you.


Treading water here. It has rained 2 hours straight for the last 5 days. We are on high ground, but others aren't so fortunate...


Sorry to hear that Ceci. Australia is in the middle of a severe drought but Q'ld has been getting some good rain over the last couple of days. We'rre coming into our rainy season so I hope the really arid areas get a good soaking.

It was delight to read the first part and the second even more. And now I look forward to the next!
Great shots!


Oh......tha'ts great to hear @neliinoeva I'm delighted that you enjoyed coming on baord The Radiance of the Seas with me. I can't wait to show you around and take you fine dining with me. (lol) I look forward your 'esteemed' company for Part #3. See you then my friend.


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What an excellent start to a holiday. I've never done a wander around the port after checking in on a cruise. We've always just gotten onto the ship and started to get to know the vessel we'll be calling home for the next week or 2.

I do love what you do with your photos. The shadowing makes them really pop from the page, while the curved corners make them feel like they're from an older time, when printed photographs were the thing


Many thanks for your wonderful response and kind support @ratticus Next time you go on a cruise and leave from Curcular Quay, I recommend you get there early enough to have a look around. there is so much to take in and en joy and the scene is constantly changing with all the action.

I'm glad you enjoyed reading this blog and I appreciate your comments about my photos. I really like the shadowed effect and use it often.


Living in Sydney, I really enjoy just wandering around the city area, especially the gardens, quay and rocks, so I know the area pretty well. I just haven't ever done that wandering on sailing day. Too busy getting the taxi into the port and checking in and then checking out the boat. But if we're on the same boat we've been on before and it hasn't had a refit since the last time, it does sound like a pretty good idea.

And hope that when that happens we aren't leaving from white harbour instead of circular quay, because they're quite a way apart while being inside the same bigger harbour.


It is usually a rush for us to get to Sydney from Brisbane before a cruise but because I don't get there very much I like to try and leave early enough for a look around @ratticus Mind you, getting unpacked and making myself 'at home' on board is always a high priority too.(:


yup. Love the unpacking and making the room 'like home', though that at least requires the luggage to arrive, which we've had not arrive until during dinner on the first night.

When I went on my first cruise I wasn't living here yet, and arrived 3 days before to meet my mum who I was travelling with. We went out for dinner and saw a few sights while passing the time. A very nice way of starting a holiday off

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Ooh WoW...what an incredible journey ! =)) Thank you much for sharing it with us dear Miss Trudee ;-) Among other things, I would enjoy a go on the big wheel with you !


Wonderful to have you visit and take time to read this blog @luigi-thegnome I have'nt been on that big wheel myself and was only able to photograph from the ship so maybe on my next trip down to Sydney??? I'll let you know in advance to see if you can fly over and have a spin on the bnig wheel with me? Oh......the anticipation is almost too much. (: