Today was a quiet sea day as everyone prepared for the ending of 2012 and the upcoming celebrations
on-board. We docked in Hobart, Australia at dinnertime. Besides the security on the dock we had security boats patrolling the harbor side of the ship. As the hour grew later, the harbor bridge was lit and more and more boats crowded the water.
At midnight the captain blew the ship's horn and we watched a magnificent fireworks display that is put on each year by the city of Hobart. Being in the harbor we had a front row seat.
It is now 12:30 am (7:30 am in Minneapolis). Tomorrow at 4 pm, there will be another New Year's celebration for all the American passengers, as the ball drops in New York City. Throughout the day other celebrations will occur to usher in the New Year for passengers of all the different nationalities.
For now, Jon and I, along with the Tasmanian devil are among the first of our family and friends to celebrate what we hope will be a happy 2013! We are headed to bed, as we will start the year with a tour at 8:45 tomorrow morning.