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Pretty Napier

Sunday, 23 December 2012

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Early morning laps on Deck 7 and watched the harbour pilot approach, board and depart, The whole operation over with in just minutes. The totally calm sea no doubt made it easier. The ship was escorted into the wharf by two tugs, this is unusual as the Sea Princess is normally quite capable of berthing herself. Just before 0700 we were all tied up.

Off to the buffet for a quick breakfast and then to the dining room to collect a shuttle bus ticket. Arrived there and we were waved through, no waiting and straight unto the complementary bus. A shot trip into the 'i' centre in town arriving there about 0815. Napier is amazing in the way they organise things for the cruise ships, volunteers everywhere to advise, explain and give directions.

We wandered down Marine Parade and stumbled upon the Sunday Markets, Interesting collection of craft, junk and food stalls. An interesting mix of locals and cruise ship tourists. Walked down Emerson Street which was decorated and quite lively despite the early Sunday hour.

By about 1030 we were ready to return to the ship. I wrote up part of this blog and downloaded my photos and it was time for lunch. If you get the impression that this cruise is all about breakfast, lunch and dinner that's about right !!

We were up on Deck 7 to see the vintage cars and the jazz band that bid us farewell as we left Napier at about 1430. There wasn't much to do during the afternoon and we'd decided to give the dinging room a miss to watch a movie in the Vista Lounge. Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in "Hope Springs". We left about 30 minutes into it, just wasn't what we'd expected.

Dinner in the Deck 14 Buffet was themed "English Pub Dinner" and included bangers and mash, steak and kidney pie, Cornish pasties and bread and butter pudding. All good healthy fare - NOT !! Topped that off with a slab of chocolate cake and two scoops of chocolate ice-cream - starvation for the next month.

Finished writing this blog and spent some internet minutes catching up on emails.

We're travelling through the remnants of a tropical cyclone tonight, we've been warned that the ship could get lively.

Tauranga tomorrow, see you then.

Posted by greynomadm 22:55 Archived in New Zealand

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