Friday, March 29, 2019

NZ Cruise D3 Milford Sound

What a bun fight the first night was on the ship for dinner. We were supposed to go a restaurant to dine but chose the buffet instead. Unfortunately so did many others. The buffet dinner did settle down in subsequent days.

R joined the passenger ship choir with me along for support. The noting of the choir practice in the daily newsheet Princess Patter was a total fail. It was listed when he was told it would not happen and he went along. Then it wasn't listed again for days and he missed rehearsals. It was very badly managed and on the last day when the choir was supposed to perform publicly, it did not go ahead, I think for there being too few people. R was over it due to the erratic scheduling. It is such a shame as on our Mediterranean cruise I saw the choir performance and it was great. The choir performance was very carefully planned and the songs good.

On the way to New Zealand we saw Bohemian Rhapsody on the large outdoor movie screen and caught comedian Sam Cooke one evening.

At the first light of day we entered New Zealand's South Island, Milford Sound. Our ship made a 180 degree turn on the spot to leave the sound. At times we were terribly close to the rocky walls.




It was a pretty grey and bleak day. This part of New Zealand has extremely high rainfall and many small and larger waterfalls cascade into the sounds. Milford Sound has little in the way of sea life, as though it is saltwater, a layer of freshwater sits over the top of the salt water.



Back to ocean and further south we entered Thompson Sound but there was no need to turn around as we exited using the linked Doubtful Sound.







On the big movie screen was a concert featuring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, which was more like Bennett performing with backing vocals by Lady Gaga.

29 comments:

  1. You were fortunate to enter Milford Sound. I have been on three cruises and only been through once. It was very memorable. The weather was bleak and it began to snow. The poor pilot fell into the water. Fortunately all was well.

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    1. Suzan, snow is a whole lot bleaker than we experienced. It wasn't cold, just overcast and grey. Funny about the pilot, but not funny for him I think.

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  2. Cheryl10:29 am

    We did a day trip to Milford Sound from Te Anau when we were in NZ two years ago. The sun was shining but cold and we cruised around the sound, saw the waterfalls and grey seals.I loved Milford Sound but Doubtful Sound not so much. I would have loved seeing Tony Bennett in concert on the big screen.

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    1. Cheryl, we did the same in the 1980s. It was good. We saw seals that time but not this time. I did see dolphins ducking and diving though. Bennett certainly is a consummate performer.

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  3. What a great idea a ship choir is.

    You noted that on your Mediterranean cruise, the choir was great. I would love to do it... not because my voice is any good, these days, but because the choir would be a marvellous opportunity to socialise with other travellers.

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    1. Hels, the socialisation thing is what I had hoped would happen. You don't actually need to have a good singing voice to be in choir like the ship choirs. It is more arse than class. But R can hold a tune on key.

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  4. What a pity about the choir, at least you heard a nice one on another ship.
    Looks a pretty entry to NZ, would be wonderful on a fine weather day.

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    1. Margaret, I wonder if there is ever a fine day there. Rain laden clouds arrive from the west and just dump rain there all the time.

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  5. I didn't know cruise ships did choirs, are you expected to be able to sing well? or does it not matter and anyone can join in? Sad that it wasn't better organised. I wish we could get a bit of the NZ rains.

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    1. River, really anyone could have been in the choir, even me, but I did not know that at the time. I will write some more about the choir and how it was going to work.

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  6. My 'day' icruising Fiordland was spent in our cabin courtesy of a very rough Tasman crossing rendering me bed bound and feeling quite yuk. We have a great photo taken by the roving photographer- of The Golfer out on the deck looking at the pouring rain.

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    1. Cathy, so funny. I was so disappointed with our ship's stability, although at times it did roll a bit, forward and aft, or side to side, but not very much.

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  7. I think a choir is a great idea on a cruise. What a pity the organisation didn't live up to expectations.

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    1. Maire, my singing sounds fine to me. I should have joined too. I think the numbers for the choir are there sometimes, but not other times. More to come about the choir.

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  8. So what did you think of Bohemian Rhapsody? :)

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    1. Snoskred, I wrote about the movie the first time we saw it in a cinema and it did not disappoint with a second viewing. Loved it. For the second time I had to look up the blond band member and I came to the same conclusion as the first time I looked him. The actor who played Brian May? looks better in eighties drag than he does in real life. Did the actor who played Freddie get an Oscar? He deserved one.

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    2. I thought you had seen it already! We saw it twice in the cinema and as soon as it was available on DVD we bought it. :)

      Yes, Rami Malek won the Oscar. He is brilliant in Mr Robot, too.

      I thought the rest of the cast was fantastic as well especially Gwilym Lee who played Brian May. He looked so much like him, it was unbelievable.

      Another bit of trivia - The actor Joseph Mazello who played John Deacon was the kid from the original Jurassic Park.

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  9. You're always doing and finding such cool stuff, dear Andrew! I know the days were gray, but your the way you captured the colors and scenery is fantastic!!! I had no idea that cruises had choirs, but it sounds like if properly managed it would be phenomenal to see and hear. Hope your enjoyed the movie, which I loved a lot! Hugs...RO

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  10. Gosh you took super photos here Andrew, so nice to see. What a shame about the mess up with the choir the performance would have been a highlight!

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    1. Grace, I take that as an extreme compliment. Thanks

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  11. It seems mysterious those dark stark rising rocks with waterfalls in the gray and mists and rain. Oregon is like much of the time and along its entire coast. We are told here by Irish who visit, that the hills in the valley before the Cascades and the very green fields often rolling, some with stands of trees or rock formations, remind them of home. But I think its more the weather, the mist, the rain, the fog, the damp to the air.

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    1. Strayer, it was mysterious at the time. Interesting about Oregon and the Irish.

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  12. Nice photos Andrew.
    I loved the movie too, and the actor that played Freddy was fabulous!

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    1. Sami, it was good to see it a second time, reinforcing what I thought the first time.

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  13. Wow! That is some spectacular scenery! Truly beautiful.
    Sorry about the choir fail!

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    1. Maribeth, the scenery was just magical. Yes, the choir should have worked if well planned. More about it later.

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  14. Such amazing scenery!

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