I had the good fortune to witness both, the arrival and departure of the Diamond Princess on one of her routine visits to Sydney during this cruise season. A couple of days later, while travelling in Tasmania I came across her again, docked in Hobart at the new cruise terminal. Below are a few photos of our recent encounter.
The Diamond Princess and her sister, Sapphire Princess, were the first cruise ships built in Japan since the Orient Venus was launched in 1990. Diamond Princess was originally slated to be called Sapphire Princess but was damaged by a fire while still under construction, due to the delays caused by the resulting repairs, the names were swapped and the second ship was completed as the Sapphire Princess.
Diamond Princess entered service in 2004 and first visited Australian shores during the 2005-06 cruises season and has been coming ever since, occasionally alternating with her sister ship.
|Diamond Princess passing the Sydney Opera House and about to round the Quay to dock at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.|
|An evening departure from Sydney, Diamond Princess is slowly nursed away from her berth.|
|Free of tugs and in the deep water channel, the Diamond Princess is ready to swing out towards the Heads.|
|A few days later, Diamond Princess is docked in Hobart and basking under the Tasman sun.|
|An otter and a Princess. A reflective final look at Diamond Princess.|