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Dec. 9th, 2013 | 03:40 pm

Well the big NZ cruise has come and gone and I've gotta say it was a blast, in fact we were already looking at the next one before this one had finished (we're looking at October next year for the follow up trip).


To talk about it here would take up a lot of space and I have to look at adding in some pics, but suffice to say I was really impressed with the professionalism of how the cruise was organised, the quality and cleanliness of the ship, the hospitible nature of the crew and the general feeling that everything was taken care of at all times.

In terms of memorable moments I think these would have to top the list (in no order):
- Sitting in the spa by myself watching Star Trek Into Darkness on the big screen under the real stars - now that was a top way to watch a movie

- The wonderful meals and our main waiter for our dining table

- Visiting Hobbiton which was really groovy and just seeing Lynne love every minute of the experience

- Relishing the fact that over 99% of our passengers were older/elderly people. We think about 15 x Gen Ys were on board with maybe 5 x kids out of 2,000 passengers. This meant that the cruise was always quiet, there were no hoons, no parties, the pools were mostly empty, and by 10pm the ship was practically desserted so it was a great time to just wander around enjoying the nightlife at the bars and feeling completely safe

- Sitting in the spa (again by myself) at the back of the ship when departing Auckland at night just looking at all the lights of the city on the horizon

- Our Key West Cooler drinks which were a mocktail containing watermelon, cranberry juice, Sprite, ice and some other stuff which became our drink of choice

- The really great stage shows which were like 45 minute broadway spectaculars which occurred every third or fourth day

- Enjoying breakfast delivered to our room each day and being able to sit on the balcony looking at the world eating Corn Flakes and crossaints wondering what the poor people were doing

- Enjoying a 5 hour scenic train trip from Dunedain where I was able to stand outside the train carriage on the viewing platform and see all the grandeur before me in the open

- Playing table tennis with Lynne on the ship, it was just such good fun

- Being able to have food anytime. In our dining room our waiter began to serve us three desserts and at one point I had two entrees and two main meals because they were so nice. Also for some reason the quality of their ice cream was just pure magic

- After seeing cruise ships over the decades from the ground just looking up at the people on board wanting to be them, to FINALLY being one of those people looking back everyone on the dock. Particularly in Auckland where our balcony faced the dock, it was a surreal experience seeing the people below knowing that for so long I used to be one of them.

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from: Paul Potiki
date: Dec. 10th, 2013 01:03 am (UTC)

Sound like a wonderful experience. Dunedin is where I grew up. I'm glad you liked the Taieri Gorge train trip!

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from: the_dags
date: Dec. 10th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)

Sorry about the wrong spelling for Dunedin, I just watch LOTR last week and got that mixed up with Dunedain. : )

The funny thing about Dunedin city is how quiet it was. We were there during the middle of a work day and most of the people we saw in the streets were from the ship. The train trip itself was definitely the key highlight of the visit.

On an unrelated note, it's good to see you're still with us. I've been reading your blog with great interest and if there's any concilation to be gained from your situation, at least the only way now for you is "up". : )

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from: Paul Potiki
date: Dec. 10th, 2013 04:31 am (UTC)

Yeah, it's somewhat less bustling than it once was, sadly. That's one of the reasons I moved away. My family all still live there, though.

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