Monday, April 22, 2019

New Zealand Cruise. The End.

The very last New Zealand cruise post.

Children were very well catered for on the ship, not that there were many. There were supervised areas and activities for them, leaving their parents free to do whatever.


The posh people were catered for too, but I never saw anyone use this area. Are posh people and cheap sea cruising an oxymoron? I suspect so.


Helpful information sheets were delivered to our cabin for each place we visited.



The ship's log extract was delivered to us at the end of the cruise.

 The highest point on the ship, deck 17, I think, where the people are coming down the stairs.


Looking down on Deck 14, one of many areas to lie about on the ship. Deck chairs on Deck 12 (no Deck 13) below in the shade but with a view of the big screen were coveted.


I can't remember if I used this photo or not. It is looking across to the north shore of either Auckland, I think.


Wake. This aft area was not very popular. Not sure why. We sat there once and R was sunburnt a little. There isn't much shelter.


Not quite Mediterranean blue, but blue enough. Different time and different camera.



Was I drunk, was he handsome and did my Ma give me hell. Nah, the ship must have been listing. Victor hates it when a video goes off the page, but he is in Singapore and not reading. He received a surprise upgrade to first class for the flight. I don't really hate him, but I am jealous. I just came across one of the many posts I have forgotten about, I was very uncritical here, not like me at all.


The ship is maintained while at sea, with scraping, sanding and varnishing.



Ice sculpting.


Pretty moon. I think we were close to home.


Rock outcrops in Bass Strait.


I think I did tell you about the free meal in an expensive restaurant with a $70 bottle of wine for R's birthday. I have never seen this before. It was Bombe Alaska Parade by all the restaurant staff. Great fun.




Each day of the cruise the ever so camply named Princess Patter was delivered to everyone's cabin stateroom. The PP listed what was happening on the ship for the day. As you can see, there is no shortage of things to do, but frankly we just could not be......bothered. We did attend one Art Auction and got to know some of the art that was up for auction, sale or just on view. We attended a few of the shows. We enjoyed some of low key daytime performances, often just a pianist/vocalist with a string player. We saw a couple of comedy performances. I remember this from our Mediterranean cruise, and I meant to look it up but never did. What is The Friends of Dr. Bob and Bill W Meeting about? I have looked it up now, Alcoholics Anonymous and the the two named were the founders of the organisation. At sea without a drop of rum? I don't think so.


Of course we interacted with people on the ship. It is unavoidable. It is normal to greet people as you come across them in the long corridors and people and generally everyone was so friendly. There was the Riverina Couple, the Ballarat Couple and a few others. Val from Ulverstone who's daughter lives in Geelong and works in South Melbourne. I met a Melbourne train driver, so that was interesting for me.

And then there was Steam Train Man, so called by me because he emitted huge clouds of vapour as his vaped away. He was in his thirties and one night he asked if he could join me when I was sitting alone watching the big screen. His name was Rob and he was kind of attractive, well he could have been if he wasn't trying to downplay his rich man private school boy status with daggy clothing. But he could not make himself talk in an Ocker Australian accent. We had a great chat for a couple of hours, and yes, alcohol was involved, loosening tongues, as it happens. His parents and his grandmother had booked the cruise for themselves and sadly his not so old father died, so Rob came on the cruise with his mother and grandmother.

The next night again I was watching the big screen but with R there too. Rob joined us and again a lovely and interesting chat but we wore R out and he went to bed. I stayed on for a bit until I wore Rob out and apart from a casual passing hi, we never spoke to Rob again.

Oh bless. Home. Let me off, pronto, rapide, schnell, rapido, snel!


 

23 comments:

  1. How nice that you were glad to be home.
    I don't remember reading about R's birthday dinner and wine. I hope both were excellent.
    All those organised activities would do my head in. Cruising is obviously not for me.

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    1. EC, the birthday dinner was really nice. We participated in very few.

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  2. I'm off to NZ in a few weeks only not by boat I must say you had a pretty good time.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle, enjoy your flight. I wouldn't, but so nice to see your family.

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  3. Nice photos, I especially like those last two - beautiful. Thanks for letting us travel vicariously :)

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  4. Glad you enjoyed your cruise and meeting people. I'm not sure that I would enjoy cruising. We did it once from Vancouver to Alaska and we enjoyed it but not enough to rush onto another ship. River cruising is a different story.

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    1. Diane, I doubt you would. Did I say I really enjoyed the cruise? I enjoyed seeing New Zealand.

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  5. Getting home is always the best part, right? That incredibly blue water is beautiful. I could sit all alone in the aft area, reading a book and watching the wake.

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    1. River, which is what I did when we were there, Kindle at least.

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    2. Travelling is what kindles are for. You can carry 3000 books in one hand :)

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  6. Lovely photos Andrew, loved the sunset on the last one.
    There's always so much to do in a cruise ship, I think you could stay there all day and not do it all! But then you wouldn't go out and see the world either...

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    1. Sami, it was sunrise, looking east. The question is do you want to do these things?

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  7. From all I have read about your cruise I am not sure if you really enjoyed it ? I found it very nice all you have seen and the ship looked comfortable. I love cruises only did one around the Mediterranian sea. Was wonderful. I played roulette every night (or almost) to win my pocket money for the next day !

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    1. Gattina, I did enjoy the Mediterranean cruise more. It was about our experience on the cruise rather than the cruise itself. You are a rare gambling winner!

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  8. Oh dear, I'm one of those smiling, happy, friendly cruisers. When we were in the Island Princess, a smaller ship, we got quite friendly with our fellow cruisers. Smaller group. Even our young Italian Captain kept popping by.
    Jack doesn't enjoy this and I think sometimes he would rather be in an isolated area alone. I love to meet and greet and so we are not really compatable.
    Great pictures.

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    1. Maribeth, well not compatible on a cruise you mean. All ship captains seem to be Italian. A smaller ship might be quite different.

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  9. Gosh you make me laugh Andrew 😀 Have to say I'm pretty relieved you missed the rocky outcrops in the Bass Strait, another Titanic moment we don't need 😀😀

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    1. Grace, the thought is always in the back of your mind. A plane crash and it will usually be fate that decides but you can work to save yourself at sea.

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  10. An enjoyable experience but glad to be home. There seemed to be so many options to try and cater for everyone. Not for me at the moment but who knows what the future has to offer.

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    1. Marie, I suppose you have seen most the large European cities, and many smaller ones. We both really enjoyed the river cruise. This one, it was ok. Yes, glad to be home.

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  11. Now I can sort of understand what goes on during a cruise. Sort of.

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    1. Strayer, while most enjoyed the cruise, I did come across a number of first time cruisers who said they would not take another.

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