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Oceania » Tonga » Tongatapu May 28th 2015

It rained today in Tonga but didn’t dampen our spirits. Fortunately for the first part of our kayaking trip it was dry but going back there was a light spritzing. It was so great to be off the ship after four days. We were unable to dock in Rotorua, New Zealand due to high winds and the next day when we arrived in Auckland it was raining, windy and cold so we opted to stay on the ship. We hadn’t kayaked since last summer and the water was rough so we struggled but made it. Tomorrow we will know how out of shape we are. Last night after the Captain’s cocktail party and dinner we danced (fast, not waltz) for the first time on this cruise and so the hips are a little out of joint ... read more
Tonga's Best
This one is mine!
Sweet People

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Napier May 23rd 2015

The day started like yesterday, off to a winery to taste some more local wines and then onto another and finally we made it to a brewery which was the best. We ordered our lunch and sampled three different brews each - it was raining outside but we didn’t care. A young woman visiting the brewery was also celebrating her birthday so we took a picture of them together just for the fun of it and then we all sang Happy Birthday. Our guide presented Jerry with a 4 pack of the Reserve beer as a present which I thought was so sweet. We enjoyed our tour through the town of Napier which is very Art Deco and fun to look at although they do have a sad story which was an earthquake that devastated their ... read more
Mission Winery
Pastoral Scene
Interesting Bark

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough » Picton May 22nd 2015

It’s 5:00pm and we are having trouble keeping our eyes open due in part to drinking wine since 10:00am this morning. After three days at sea, we arrived in beautiful New Zealand. It does remind us a bit of the Adirondacks what with the mountains and pine trees but that is where the similarity ends. What used to be fruit farms are now vineyards. and many sheep farms. The sheep are sometimes grazing between the rows of grapes. Sauvignon Blanc is the specialty in this particular region of New Zealand (Marlborough). I found most of it much too citrusy but enjoyed tasting nevertheless. Four wineries later we visited a chocolate factory where everyone sampled but no one purchased as we really don’t want extra calories. We are getting more than we need each and every day. ... read more
Picking out Breakfast
One For the Road

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart May 18th 2015

Our tour guide Heather, was so amazed that our group of ten knew so little about Tasmania. I knew a devil was named after it! She told us that when the elections are going on in the U.S. that one of their TV stations broadcasts it around the clock. She wanted to talk politics but know one else did, after all we are on Holiday Thankfully I had my gloves and headband with me for our little jaunt into the rainforest. It was pretty cold there because the sun doesn’t get through the vegetation and it was probably in the forties today. This is as far south as we are going and are now headed East for New Zealand where we expect it will also be cool. The waterfalls in the rainforest was just beautiful and ... read more
First Stop
Beautiful Rainforest
Russell Falls

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney May 16th 2015

A dream came true today when I saw the Sydney Opera House. Wow - it is just breathtaking. We were docked so close to it. Took a tour with another couple, Bob and Sandra, and we all fell in love with Sydney. The pictures speak for themselves.... read more
A Walk Along the Beach
Beautiful Waterfront
University of Sydney

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane May 14th 2015

I don’t know why I was so fascinated with Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter, but he always made me laugh. His death was a sad event nine years ago but his zoo lives on. It isn’t a large zoo but features some of Australia’s favorites. They have an animal hospital located close by and you can visit it too, however, our time didn’t allow. Spent some time looking at his memorial that comprises all kinds of items that people sent. There were khaki shirts that were signed by mourners. Our guide said that after his death, cars were lined up along the entrance to his zoo and the employees brought out the shirts for people to sign. We saw a crocodile and bird show and had time to visit the animals before returning to the ship. ... read more
At the Zoo
Gail with Koala
Memorial Wall

Oceania » Australia » Queensland May 12th 2015

It was dark when we tendered back to the ship, not late, but still dark. It gave me time to reflect about the glorious day I just had and realize how luck to be me. We were picked up earlier in the day by the Hamilton Air Company and brought to the airport for our flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Thankfully we all had a window seat and off we went over a breathtaking landscape out to the great barrier reef. Our pilot was so accommodating and took several go rounds so we could especially see and photograph Heart Reef. He did a splash landing into the water and back up again so we could see the reef from different heights. After awhile we landed on pristine Whitehaven Beach where we were given blankets and ... read more
Whitsunday Island
The Great Barrier Reef
So Beautiful

Oceania » Australia » Queensland May 11th 2015

Arrived at a quaint little train station for our 1-1/2 hour ride to Kuranda. The train ascended 1,076 feet, through 15 tunnels and crossed 40 bridges. The scenery was fantastic - a beautiful view of Cairns and the sea. Next we boarded a World War II Army Duck for a little trip through the Rainforestation Nature Park. The Wildlife Sanctuary here was interesting as they had koalas and wallabies, and a few other creatures in residence. Didn't want to let go of that cuddly Koala we held for our picture. Adorable! Headed back to the ship in time for lunch as we haven’t missed a meal yet and don’t intend to. Back out on the streets of Cairn we headed for a bottle shop to add to Jerry’s cache of beer. I told him that should ... read more
Our Train Has Arrived
Along the Way
Happy Passenger

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City May 10th 2015

Attended a lecture this morning given by a fellow passenger and author named Betty Jane Wylie, from Canada. She has a quick wit and was full of inspiration for me. She instilled some confidence that I am on the right track as I go forward with this blog. After all, who am I trying to impress? I just want an semi-interesting, somewhat witty account of what we are doing and experiencing on this trip. Am I achieving that? I think so but you can judge for yourself. Arrived in Cairns (pronounced cans) this afternoon. We walked several blocks from the wharf and found a liquor store to purchase a couple of bottles of prosecco to bring with us to dinner at the home of a couple we met two years ago on our cruise around South ... read more
A Beautiful Setting
A beautiful Cockatiel
The Four B's

A beautiful day “down under” awaited our arrival! A very warm welcome for our first visit to Australia and Darwin. Darwin is a resort town that had been destroyed a couple of times over due to World War II and a cyclone that hit there in 1974. Fortunately it has been rebuilt and is modern, clean and attractive. We walked around the town park and then boarded an amphibious vehicle for a short tour around town and the harbor. The best part of the ride was meeting some Darwinians who were very friendly and asked lots of questions about New York. One guy wanted to know if we received a pension or had a self-made pension. I replied that we had both and wondered about him. He said that he was on a disability pension and ... read more
Our Home!
Our Tour Boat and Bus
We Are Goin In!

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