Back to Sapphire Princess and the Sydney Marine Terminal
Inside the cruise terminal there was a hall full of stalls displaying local crafts. We picked up jewellery from one of the stalls, Patrica Romeo Designs, after the lady searched through her stock for suitable stud earrings.
Outside the hall were more shops and I picked up yet another hat – just in case!
We watched the sailaway from under blue skies with a strong wind blowing across the ship’s decks.
Dinner was in the Pacific Half Moon. Our junior server had just joined the ship that day. She was nervous and a bit unsure of things but she did get us a bottle of the wine that we wanted.This was the one that we had been told wasn’t available. I started with prawn cocktails, Caesar salad then cottage pie and finished with a crème brûlée.
We were on a table for six and had a lively evening full of chat about ports and the day that we all had had in Sydney. We were pleased to hear that we were not the only recipients of bad steaks the previous evening.
After a busy day we went back to our cabin for an early rest.
From the Cruise Log
Sydney, Nova Scotia, CA — Saturday 21st September 2019
Early in the morning, Sapphire Princess made her final approach to Sydney from the north east. After picking up the local pilot at 06:10, she steered a series of southerly courses through Sydney harbor. Sapphire Princess completed a 180° swing north of her allocated berth, before proceeding astern towards Sydney Marine TerminaL The first lines were placed over the bollards at 07:37 and, by 07:59, Sapphire Princess -was safely moored starboard side alongside with both gangways rigged on Deck 4.
At 09:45, a crew drill was conducted wherein firefighters were tasked with extinguishing an accommodation fire and passenger muster personnel were exercised in coordinating a survival craft muster, with all port side lifeboats lowered into the water for training.
Once all guests and crew were back onboard, Sapphire Princess commenced unmooring operations at 17:38. By 17:47 all lines had been recovered and Sapphire Princess started to thrust gently off the berth and put her engines ahead. After a 10 NM transit of the harbor, the pilot was disembarked at 18:51 from the starboard side of the vessel. A northerly heading was then steered as Sapphire Princess followed the eastern coastline of Cape Breton Island throughout the evening towards her next port of call, Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island.
Noon Position: Alongside in Sydney
Wind: Strong NW’ly breeze. Force 6
Sky: Clear sunny skies
Seas: Calm Rippled
Pressure: 1015 hPa
Air Temperature: 19°C/66°F