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Published July 31st 2017
Sydney Harbour Twilight from a Tall Ship
The Soren Larsen
Sydney turned on the perfect weather for our evening aboard the Danish-built Soren Larsen. You could sense the crowd getting excited as it motored in to pick everyone up. After being welcomed on board we were given the full history of the ship, interesting facts and the 'do's and don'ts', all delivered with great knowledge and humour by a leading crew member. It wasn't long before we were sailing off up the Harbour towards Watsons Bay while the sun was setting in the west. There was just enough wind to fill the sails without it being blowy and cold, the perfect conditions.
There was a bar on board where drinks can be purchased or bought in a drinks package. We got the later, which we thought was good value. Sipping a sparkling wine while watching the Sydney landmarks pass by at twilight was certainly a very pleasant way to spend the evening.
Guests are invited to help hoist and set the sails or take a turn steering the ship and those with a head for heights could climb the mast for an additional fee. Or do like we did and just sit back and relax and enjoy the views. As the crew work and live on the ship visitors can also take a look below deck and see how a working tall ship is run and what daily life is like, but I must admit I didn't see many do this. Dinner was cooked by one of the crew in the crew's kitchen and set out on deck buffet style. While tasty and ample it wasn't super fancy. But we were more than happy as we were on board for the tall ship experience and the beautiful harbour at sunset.
Sunset over our beautiful Harbour
The crew, an international mix, were super friendly and welcomed questions and conversation so they could impart their stories and knowledge. The cruise took a good number of guests, but enough not to feel cramped and there was plenty of room to move about. And for those not native to Sydney it's a perfect way to see our stunning harbour. We had a great evening relaxing on such a historic old ship and both agreed we wished our time on board could have been longer.