Tuesday, 25 December 2012
25.12.2012 - 25.12.2012
Wet and foggy conditions this morning as we drift gently into Auckland. Wore the pixie hat to the buffet this morning, got a few smiles from the crew and even some of my fellow passengers.
There have been a number of activities planned for today and hopefully the weather will clear sufficiently for them to eventuate. Lunch at the Buffet featured a BBQ lavishly decorated with carved melons and an ice sculpture. There are a lot of people aboard as the weather is still very overcast and there's little happening in the city. We were here a month ago so we're not a bit disappointed.
After lunch we looked in on the Gingerbread House Decorating event. It had just started and we were about to leave and come back later when I was shanghaied by two of the crew. Spent a fun hour and a half messing with icing, marshmallows and jellybeans. At the end of the day there were 35 completed projects and I'd had a great time. My result was never going to win and there were some seriously good results which will go on display in the atrium.
Late in the afternoon Santa dropped in and had presents for all the kids. As always he was the most popular guy aboard. Dinner included most of the traditional Christmas dishes including turkey, ham and lamb. The portions appeared to be larger than normal too.
Tonight's show featured the crew including a lady from the casino and one of the technical guys who demonstrated an amazing voice. The traditional Princess skit had us all laughing and convinced that they were having just far too much fun. As one of the entertainment staff said today "It is almost criminal to accept pay for what we do", she's been doing this for over five years and loving it.
We've certainly enjoyed a memorable Christmas and will certainly consider doing another one in a few years time.
A new destination for us tomorrow, the Bay of Islands is where the Waitangi Treaty was signed.
Hope you had a great Christmas, we certainly did.