Well, first of all, for your delectation and by request 🙂 , some photos of my abode…..
Auckland lies on a natural harbour, as many of the World’s ports do and it is accessed by a winding, buoyed channel. Having boarded our pilots, (we had 2 as one was ‘training’ and needed the transit to qualify for his full licence), we headed south-west towards the first set of buoys under leaden skies.
We are fortunate, our berth puts almost in the city centre and the main thoroughfare, George Street.
Tied up and safely ensconced, our guests pour ashore to enjoy this beautiful city. New Zealand reminds me of my home country, England, 40 years ago. Everyone is so polite and friendly and the streets are spotless.
For me, it was another day on board, work to do. We took fuel here, 1,000 tonnes of it, don’t take this ship to the shopping centre! Karen and Karen, (K1 and K2 as they are now called), went with Hazel to a nearby island, Waiheke, which we went to during our last call. Not only is it beautiful, it is famous for its vineyards and fine wines; not only that however, for the vineyards boast some fine restaurants too. As seems the norm nowadays, my camera was ‘borrowed’ and my roving reporter sprang into action. (Incidentally, having searched the internet, Sydney, Australia, seems to have some reasonable camera prices, Karen (1) may soon be the proud owner of a new one and I will be a happy bunny) 😀
So, here are her contributions………
I write while berthed in Picton, no photos, (you know why). Our day at sea from Auckland to here was a busy one for me, not only playing catch-up with administration, I also had a social event, guests invited to dine in the ship’s kitchen, or ‘galley’. I’m always careful not to take my camera to such events, however a phone is unobtrusive, so here are some shots of the event. I will write about Picton, when I get my camera back….only joking! We sail for Melbourne, Australia in a few hours and we have some ‘weather’ to go through too….welcome to the Southern Oceans! Well, it’s been a month since we saw a ‘wave’, so it had to happen sometime.