Sydney celebrated Earth Hour at 8.30 p.m. on Saturday 23 March with most people turning off their lights and bringing out the candles.
Royal Caribbean Lines’s Rhapsody of the Seas participated in Earth Hour while she was docked at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal on the night. Along with the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, the 78,500 tonne ship dimmed its lights from 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Captain Rob Hempstead, the captain of Rhapsody of the Seas made an announcement to all guests and crew explaining the event and the ship’s desire to participate. Cruise guests got into the spirit and assisted by turning off their cabin lights and closing their window curtains.
Rhapsody of the Seas, ferries and other vessels in the harbour all blew their horns at 8.30 p.m. sharp for the commencement of Earth Hour.
At 10 p.m. Rhapsody of the Seas departed Sydney and set sail on her 11-night Queensland cruise.
Sandra Tiltman Photo: John Pond ©