Here’s a timelapse video of Pacific Dawn as she cruised through Fjordland in New Zealand this morning.
Sailing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Here’s a video of our sail-in to Sydney Harbour, past the Opera House, under the Harbour Bridge as the ship’s horn blasts a couple of times.
Sydney Harbour is spectacular, and sailing in during the day is a fantastic experience.
Video: Harbour Pilot boards Dawn Princess entering Sydney Harbour
Here’s a video from our recent cruise aboard Dawn Princess.
We arrived late into Sydney, which was fantastic, because we got to see everything in broad daylight rather than in the early hours of the morning.
As we approached “The Heads” at the entrance to Sydney Harbour, the Pilot pulled alongside our ship and jumped aboard.
If you ever get the chance on your next cruise, keep an eye out for the pilot. It’s quite spectacular watching them come aboard.
Dawn Princess: "A Day in Brisbane"
Ship Dawn Princess is currently receiving maintenance at a drydock on the Brisbane River.
Brisbane is beautiful in winter, so I thought I’d record and upload a timelapse video from her webcam of a day on the Brisbane River, from sunrise to sunset.
The view is across the river from the cruise terminal where most ships berth. You can see the CityCat ferries zipping across the water all day, taking passengers into the city, and traffic moving up and down the river.
I hope you enjoy it. And if you’re looking for a pleasant, relaxing place to visit during June, you can’t go past Brisbane!
Where old ships go to die
Here’s a CBS video about the ship graveyeards of Bangladesh.
QE2 Final Voyage from the Red Sea to Dubai
Here’s the final instalment from my series on QE2’s final voyage.
This one covers the part of the voyage from the Red Sea to Dubai.
A lot of the video is of the voyage, and not much is of Dubai. This was a deliberate decision on my part. It’s about a wonderful ship, not about “Gaudy Arabia” (aka Dubai) – an ostentatious city of opulence.
Also, I’ve tried to keep the video simple. There’s much I could say, but I didn’t think it needed to be said in the video. QE2 speaks for herself.
I highly recommend a poem posted by “The Real PM” on Cruise Critic, entitled Goodbye. One powerful image from it:
All gone, all gone, the people gone
The Champagne and the bands.
And Gulliver’s made fast at last
By Lilliputian hands.
I’ve enjoyed recording QE2’s webcams, and have fallen in love with this ship even though I never got to see her in real life.
Goodbye old girl.
Video: QE2 from Lisbon to Gibraltar
Here’s another instalment in the series on QE2’s final voyage.
This video covers the sector from Lisbon, Portugal to Gibraltar.
There’s a really nice sunset in Lisbon, and a pleasant Moonrise after the departure from Gibraltar.
BTW I thought the accompanying song was ironic. I think although we feel otherwise, we never have all the time in the world. Neither do wonderful ships like QE2.
Video: QE2 in Naples and Malta
Here’s a timelapse video of QE2 on her final visit to Naples and Malta last week.
I think the colors on the water are beautiful.
Also, there’s a really interesting part in Malta where a ship adjacent to her lets down a life raft and it sails around for a while. It looks quite comical in timelapse!
Video: QE2 Final Transit of the Suez Canal
She’s on her final voyage to Dubai.
Here’s a timelapse video of QE2’s final transit of the Suez Canal.
Star Princess in the Falklands
Here’s a video of Star Princess on her visit to Stanley in the Falklands last week. It looks like a beautiful part of the world…