‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

February 7, 2018

With my anti-motion sickness pressure point wristbands and a couple Dramamine, I weathered the Roaring Forties without mishap. Others weren’t so lucky.

One of the bridge players needed 6 stiches when his head had an altercation with a TV console. Others reported their TVs crashing off the walls. The public desktop computers in the lobby had alread...

February 5, 2018

Dunedin — Celtic for Edinburgh — means ‘Eden among the hills.’ They got that right.

We’d been in New Zealand for 8 days and, though we had to skip Napier, I enjoyed it all. Beautiful countryside and interesting cities and towns. Dunedin’s population is around 127,000. Not many compared to the 40 million sheep! The oldest kiwi city, it’s the seat o...

February 4, 2018

I hope you’ve all been following the Comments with your ‘votes’ in the latest Name that Cloud competition. 

I look out my stateroom window and if a cloud reminds me of something immediately, I shoot it and post it. For this one...

... I knew right away that it reminded me of a rearing stallion.

I didn’t have to google a photo of one as ‘proof’ bec...

February 3, 2018

In 2010, Christchurch suffered a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. But it was the 6.3 quake six months later in February 2011 that leveled much of New Zealand’s second largest city. The ‘vertical lift’ quake lifted everything 3 meters — before it all crashed back down. Riding around in the shuttle bus we saw buildings with cracks, buildings cocooned in sca...

February 2, 2018

In the Norwood Rose Garden within the Wellington Botanical Garden. The roses at Fuller Garden in Rye, NH, are just as good.

Some have called Wellington ‘the coolest little capital in the world’ and it was cool, in the mid-60s this morning, but other than that, I thought Auckland was a lot cooler as a place to visit or live. So there are only...

February 2, 2018

OK. I copped out yesterday. There were two photos as we whizzed past Napier.

One of you asked, How rough was it? We had been skirting the tail end of a cyclone — the southern hemisphere word for a hurricane. The 35 mph winds and swells made it dangerous if not impossible to dock and dangerous if not impossible to leave the dock after the shore visit...

February 1, 2018

Due to high winds and rough seas, Napier, NZ, was cancelled. So I have nothing to report! 

February 1, 2018

Haere Mai — Welcome — to the little town of Bethlehem, next door to Tauranga (still in New Zealand). I’d heard of most every other port of call on this 64-stop itinerary, but the city of Tauranga was not one of them. It is best known, my Viking bible tells me, as the gateway to Rorotua, the region of bubbling thermal mud pools.

I had originally si...

January 31, 2018

New Zealand: Day 3, Auckland, Part 2

*The original Mãori name for the city

We overnighted a
t the dock in Auckland and
had most of a second day there. I opted for a 4-hour bus tour around the city and across the Auckland Harbor Bridge to the charming little town of Devonport. Afterwards, I took myself to the New Zealand Maritime Museum a couple bloc...

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