Posted by: maureenc | May 16, 2017

Cruising the Pacific

A chance email received about December 15, last year, gave my long dormant travel-bug a wake up call! The thought of some 18 nights cruising, visiting two ports in New Zealand, before heading into the Pacific to visit three ports in French Polynesia and then finally having a couple of days on the island of Oahu in Hawaii before returning home, had me scrambling to make arrangements.

However, before attending to travel matters, I checked first that my cat sitter extraordinaire was available to care for Sam.

YES! Anna was available to come and care for Sam, which left me free to plan my escape.

April 18 saw me dragging a rather heavy case  first around Brisbane Airport, then Sydney airport as I hunted for the coach to take me to the docks.

Memo to self: Do NOT pack so many clothes if there is a “next time” to travel. Do not allow for Wellington’s capricious weather.  PACK LIGHT.

Sydney Harbour by night 18/04/2017

We left the dock about 8.30pm and I tried to photograph the Opera House ,the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park, but the included photo was my favourite As the Radiance of the Seas approached the Sydney Heads, you could feel her anticipating the open waters as her movements became a little more lively.

After unpacking it was time to visit the Champagne Bar and toast to a happy voyage.

This bar became a favoured place to sit and read; converse with others and  (in comfort) watch the seas roll by.

 It was also a great place to sit ,people- watch and listen to the excellent music provided by various groups and entertainers.

After four days of cruising in calm and sunny conditions we reached the port of Picton, which sits at the head of beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound.

Picton does not have a large wharf: in fact “Radiance” caused a cargo ship to be on anchor as with 2,500 guests on board we took priority over the ship  which was loading timber for the Asian woodchip market.

I normally steer clear of having photos taken, but this is included to show the heaps of logs awaiting export.

 (I’m the white haired woman, and Margaret is my travel companion)

We joined a three hour tour of Picton, Blenheim and surrounds, which included the famed Marlborough vineyards and wineries, as well as a drive past the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre which presents a Knights of the Sky exhibition of WW1 aircraft and artefacts owned by (Sir) Peter Jackson with sets created by WingNut Films and Weta Workshop.

A short stop was made at Pollard Park where the autumn leaves were just starting their colour change.

Autumn leaves Blenheim

The coach then dropped us near a jetty where we boarded a catamaran to explore the Sounds, before leaving us to make our own way back to the dock to cruise overnight to Wellington.

Jetty,Anikawa

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Responses

  1. It’s funny to be reminded that you are entering the opposite season (autumn leaves). Sounds like a great trip. Lucky you!

  2. Love reading about your trips down under.. Spring is bouncing back and for the with the threat of hot weather and then cool with some cold winds. As you can tell we are about the start summer months.. Wet winter the most in 10 years has left us with hip high weeds and grasses.. so keeping us busy..
    hugs, vivian

  3. Looks like a lovely cruise and great weather too. Hope it all went well and lovely to see some of it 😊

  4. Great to see you Maureen, and I hope you’ll write more about your trip 🙂

  5. […] I last visited Wellington (also on a cruise) I spent most of the day visiting Zealandia and the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), so this time I decided to ride the Cable car […]

  6. Excellent shot of the opera house. Sounds like you had a marvelous time.

  7. Looks like a very worthwhile trip — good for you! We learned the packing lesson before we went to Ireland last year and we were so glad we did. It makes a huge difference. Now you’re all ready for your next trip. 🙂


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