image Snapshot Sunday – Explorer of the Seas

Today’s photo is not taken by me. It is a photo of Royal Caribbean International’s ship “Explorer of the Seas” which has just arrived in Australia for the cruising season. She is the largest cruise ship to be based in Australia so far. She is also the ship that my sister and I will be sailing to New Zealand on in February so we’ve been excitedly plotting her course for the last few months.

Explorer of the Seas, Fremantle, 2015 (03).JPG
Explorer of the Seas, Fremantle, 2015 (03)” by BahnfrendOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. I live in Colorado, so all I see are mountains, especially covered in snow this time of the year. The ship is huge, and I wish I was on it. Please enjoy your trip for me too. I hope you don’t get seasick.


    • I hope I don’t either but modern ships are much more stable in rough seas. I was seasick when we came from England to Australia by sea but that old ship was smaller than our Bass Strait ferry. I’d love to see your mountains though.

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