A view of the Opera House as we head for the docks.
The Overseas Passenger Terminal.
Decorated for Christmas.
We didn't have as much shore time as we would have liked due to getting in late and the crowds of passengers getting off the ship to go home. There will be a whole new bunch of passengers getting on board today (about 1,300) for the next two weeks of cruising.
That means we have to maneuver around 1,300 disoriented people who don't know where anything is on the ship and who will stand paralyzed in the Lido food line trying to figure out what they want to eat. They will crowd into line because they don't know that there is a line........the crew will eventually train them. The crew will have to slap their hands as they try to pickup the food themselves which is not allowed during the first three days on the ship. The cruise line is absolutely paranoid about the spread of disease on the ship and I am glad. They figure that if someone is sick, it will show up within three days and then if not, you can get your own food. There are Purell dispensers everywhere around the ship. If you aren't careful, you can get all dried out by disinfecting yourself too many times.
We saw most of the areas around The Rocks, so we decided to see what we could of the rest of Sydney while here. We bought 24 hour tickets for the Sydney Transportation System which includes the Sydney Explorer bus, the Bondi Explorer, and the regular city buses. All are "Hop-On-Hop-Off" so you can stop where you like and then continue on your own schedule. All the buses come in 20 minute intervals. We chose the Sydney Explorer which covers the downtown area with 27 different stops. If we had a full day, we would have later taken the Bondi Express which goes to the outlying areas of the city. A 24 hour ticket costs $40 per person.
We rode from the terminal to the center of the city and got out to walk. St. Mary's Catholic Church was the first place we explored. What a beautiful church! Too bad we couldn't take photos inside.