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The Other Face of Tauranga

Monday, 24 December 2012


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The Sea Princess encountered some rough seas overnight but conditions had improved by the time we arrived at the Mount Maunganui Wharf. The overcast and fog of yesterday has transformed to a steady drizzle however. Both sides of the promenade deck was wet this morning and made the early morning walk questionable. Overall a total contrast to when we were here just a month ago.

Spent the morning watching people going ashore with raincoats and umbrellas. One of the disadvantages of prepaid shore excursions you don't get a refund if it is wet. After lunch the sun showed signs of breaking through so we went ashore and did a walk through Maunganui and back to the ship. It wasn't raining but the humidity was like being in North Queensland.

Formal night tonight and Carols in the Atrium at 1915. Might be a great spectacle if there's a vantage point.

Dinner was excellent, my main course was lobster tail and king prawns, as large a seafood meal as I've experienced. The Christmas Carols were quite spectacular with most of the ship's officers forming the choir their white dinner jackets offset by red pixie hats.

The production show has been postponed to another night because the ship's movements could be hazardous for the dancers. Wouldn't want to break any of those pretty legs.

There was a small Christmas stocking on Jenny's pillow when we returned to the cabin. We decided to call it a night so this is the last thing I'll be doing tonight.

Tomorrow we'll be in Auckland, celebrating Christmas aboard. To any and all who read this, I wish you all a very Merry and Enjoyable Christmas.

More tomorrow.

Posted by greynomadm 00:06 Archived in New Zealand

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Merry Christmas to you both as well.

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