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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Aboard ship . . two days at sea. . .

We have two days on board, at sea, to investigate prior to arriving at our first port.

And then two days before disembarking in Sydney.

First impression . . .

Old fashioned, but clean.
Good variety of venues for meals,
Good evening entertainment,
Plenty of comfortable places for quiet times to read.

Arrived on board in time for lunch . . .

Menu varied for each siting/meal.

Great variety of food and Fantastic service.

Clean and spacious accommodation.

We found plenty of quiet places to curl up and read, depending on the weather and time of day.

I'm reading The Toy Maker, by Liam Pieper . . and Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.
John Fowels, The Magus is next to be followed by Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey.

Cameron is reading The ship that never was by Adam Courtenay to be followed by Saga Land by Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason....

Also borrowed a couple of books from the ships extensive library.

Considering we are on a floating vessel, the entertainment of an evening is exceptional.
Opera meets pop? Movies under the stars, magic and comedy, cultural demonstrations.
Also lots we didn't see . .  swimming, dancing, joga, meditation, art auctions etc,

Bay of Islands

Markets and Ferry to Russel Islands - Art galleries9am - 12md   19 degrees  Mostly sunny

Back to the ship. Time for late lunch and a rest.
 . . . truly lovely!

                                                Evening entertainment. Tango and song.

Akaroa Canterbury Station, Mt Sunday & Lord of the rings

Departure 8.30am - 5.30pm    9 - 12 degrees, slightly overcast.
Full day by bus.

 Back on ship. Shower. Evening meal and entertainment.

Auckland - Glow worms

Waitomo Glow worm Grotto - magical!

7.30am - 4.30pm  18 degrees Mostly sunny


Back on ship, a small rest, evening meal and entertainment.

Lobster - fresh from the sea