Here is how close the Silver Whisper docked to the Opera House. Very cool!

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From inside!

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In January, I took Silversea’s Silver Whisper from Auckland to Sydney. It was a wonderful trip, with stops down the east coast of New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia. At our second stop in Tasmania, I took the shore excursion from the port of Burnie to Wings Wildlife Park.

The wildlife park is in a gorgeous green and fertile valley in the north of the island. They take in and rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals. One of the main attractions is the Tasmanian Devils. Here are some Tassie babies:

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The babies were indoors, but outside is a habitat for the adults.

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The on-board lecturer!

And good for them because they really enhance the cruising experience. Here is an interview with a man who sails over 200 days a year for free.

I’ve got to become an expert at something so that I can spend my retirement like that!

This is a great video from a cruise ship crossing through the canal:

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Panama Canal Crossing

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