We spent much of our week on board Pacific Dawn looking down; at the delicious food we were served for each meal, at the rushing water as we sailed northwards, at the activities program when we planned each day’s fun.
But there was plenty to see overhead too.
We marvelled as the ship sailed under the double spans of the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges on the Brisbane River.
We were excited to finally be on board, after a year of planning and anticipation.
We were intrigued by the structures on board and wondered what purpose they all served.
We’d never been on a cruise before, so our first glimpse of our floating holiday home was an exciting moment. Pacific Dawn was docked at the Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal at Hamilton, just a few kilometres from the mouth of the Brisbane River.
The embarkation procedure was very efficient and soon we were on board. After a delicious lunch in the Waterfront Restaurant we had time to explore and discover the most important locations – the restaurants and bars, coffee shop and ice cream stand.
From Deck 14 we had a beautiful view of the city of Brisbane and the Brisbane River.
The ship set sail, slowly making her way downriver under the twin spans of the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges.
The reflected lights of the Port of Brisbane on Fisherman Island merged with the glow of the setting sun as we sailed from the mouth of the river into Moreton Bay.
As darkness fell, the decks of the ship lit up for our first night on board.
Last week we went sailing – on the beautiful P&O cruise ship Pacific Dawn.
Our seven night cruise began in the river city of Brisbane. We sailed north between the Great Barrier Reef and the Queensland coast to Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas, before heading 450 km east to Willis Island, a tiny speck of land in the Coral Sea. Our return journey took us into open waters outside the reef on our way back to Brisbane.
Our week was one of opposites – relaxation and activity, calm waters and rolling waves, a big ship and little boats.