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Farewell Rhapsody photo review Sept 5.2014 - final sailing from Vancouver

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Hello CC family

 

Rhapsody is leaving North America for who knows how long, after having served Galveston & Seattle for so many years. I thought I'd head downtown to watch her sail away from North America for what could be a very long time.

 

I sailed on Rhapsody last year on it's final Alaska run prior to it's Trans-Pacific to Hawaii, and she docked at Canada Place perpendicular and at the end of the pier to Radiance, so I thought I would easily head to Canada Place to snap a few shots before she sailed away. Here's what I found.....

 

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Well hello Radiance.... now where the heck is Rhapsody???

 

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Ah, there.... way off in the distance hiding within all the cranes & crates at Ballantyne Pier. No way for me to get pics of her close up unfortunately as Ballantyne is within the Port of Vancouver docks and closed to the public.

 

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So I took a whole bunch of pics very close up of Radiance, basically level to decks 6-8 from atop Canada Place which I will also share on a different thread and then headed to Stanley Park. I stopped at Lighthouse Park and snapped these from afar

 

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Ah!!!!! Finally sailaway

 

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And there you are in full view

 

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As a side note, the majestic mountain in the backgroud is Mt. Baker in Washington State (I'm facing southeast)

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I continued to take long distance photos from Stanley Park as Rhapsody backed into the Burrard Inlet and began turning her bow forward to make her way out of the port towards the Lion's Gate Bridge.

 

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I had timed a freighter about 20 minutes before Rhapsody began moving, and from that approximate position it took the freighter perhaps about 10 minutes to get to my vantage point. My entire goal was to take photos from "Prospect Point" which has an amazing view of the Lion's Gate bridge and the inlet below, so I quickly left so that I wouldn't miss anything. It took me only about 5 minutes to get there. So as soon as I got there, again taking long distance shots and looking back towards the Rhapsody, here's some pics from Prospect Point through the cables of the Lion's Gate bridge

 

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(The ship in the bottom left is the tail end of the Zandam)

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So waiting bated breath finally Rhapsody made her way under the Lion's Gate Bridge and out of the Port of Vancouver. I will now just post a whole bunch of photos (like time lapse photography style I guess) as she moves along. Hope you enjoy :D

 

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Thank you Rhapsody... You were awesome in Alaska!

And away she goes, if she ever returns to North America who knows!?

 

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Very nice, thanks:)

 

 

There's a dearth of good webcams around there, need PZTV to get involved!

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Thanks for posting so many pictures of our sail away. Much appreciated.

 

Sent from my Galaxy Note 3 using Tapatalk

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Two of my favorite cruises on Rhapsody--Alaska and Vancouver to Hawaii. Sad she is leaving those routes.

 

 

Sent from my iPad.

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WOW..Thanks so much for the gorgeous photos! Took me away for awhile from my cubicle :D My girlfriend is on that ship right now and this is her first cruise. I cannot wait to hear what she has to say about it. Im betting she will become a cruise addict like me :eek:

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WOW..Thanks so much for the gorgeous photos! Took me away for awhile from my cubicle :D My girlfriend is on that ship right now and this is her first cruise. I cannot wait to hear what she has to say about it. Im betting she will become a cruise addict like me :eek:

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Hello Hoopster,

 

Great pictures! I was in Stanley Park many years ago, and it was just lovely!

 

See you on the Serenade!

 

Carole

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Thank you Rhapsody... You were awesome in Alaska!

And away she goes, if she ever returns to North America who knows!?

 

Hoopster95, thanks so much for all the pictures of Rhapsody OTS departing. We have been sailing on her for the last couple of years to Alaska. Enjoyed last year with sadness when she dropped us in Vancouver instead of Seattle. I viewed your pictures, especially from the Lion Bridge on with a little mist in my eyes. We shall miss her. Captain Rick Sullivan was really great entertaining us last year and he can truly sing, what a voice. Thanks again for taking the time to document this event for all of us.

 

Enjoy your cruise on Serenade OTS.

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We were on this cruise and had an aft cabin. Loved all these shots! It was a lovely cruise and we were so sad to leave her in Honolulu!

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Thanks for the beautiful pictures. My wife & I got off Rhapsody at 10am that morning back from our Alaska cruise. What a great time we had. So sad to see her leaving NA. I can also make out our old house (a tiny white dot) just above Taylor Way in one of your pictures. :)

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Great photos! I got on in Vancouver & still on. In American Samoa today, crossing the international date line tonight, then Samoa tomorrow.

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Thanks for the great pictures. We were on that cruise and had a really nice time. Just got back from Honolulu on Sept. 28th.

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Thank you for the nice pictures, surely an emotional moment to see her leaving Vancouver for the last time...

Next season she will be in Europe - we consider her for Aug. 2015... :)

 

Vancouver looks very great, especially the leaving of the port - can't wait sailing from there with Millennium in 2015!! :)

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Great photos. Thanks.

She will be arriving in Sydney tomorrow morning (in 6hrs or so) to commence her farewell season down under. Will be on her again in late Nov, likely for the last time.

Can't wait, love Rhapsody and it will be sad to see her go.

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