Tuesday, 22 October 2013
22.10.2013 - 22.10.2013
Started the day with a spectacular sunrise on Deck 14 followed by breakfast in the Horizon Court. Spent an hour or two reading before heading up to Deck 14 again for our arrival in Napier. The sea is remarkably calm and the manoeuvring of the ship whilst slow did not have the drama of previous arrivals at this port.
Looking out onto the wharf I was amazed again at the quantity and variety of logs, dressed timber and wood chip. It is so interesting to see the endless stream of trucks arriving, being unloaded and sent on their way again. It is no surprised that we have to be bussed off the wharf and into the town. Watched a prime mover and trailer being prepared for the empty trip back. The trailer is disconnected under a gantry crane, the trailer lifted, the front dolly and draw bar spun around and the truck backed up to piggyback the trailer. All carried out by the driver. The reverse process no doubt occurring at the loading yard.
We've decided to have an early lunch and go ashore later as the 'all aboard' is not until 1830 this evening. By the time we were ready to go there was no longer any need for tickets. We walked off and straight onto the bus and stayed aboard right up to the Aquarium. Tickets were NZ$18 each for Seniors, an inexpensive outing as we had made use of the Free Shuttle.
Spent just over two hours marvelling at the many sea creatures on display. There was also a Kiwi bird on display but being nocturnal the exhibit was quite dark and a photograph was not possible.
Spent some more time exploring the extensive town and found ourselves at a "PACK'n'SAVE" store. A massive barn of a place selling everything from fresh produce through grocery lines and beer, wine and spirits. Looked to be very popular with the locals. Back to the bus stop and returned to the ship, surprisingly there was one couple without the 'photo-id' required. They were escorted off the bus and asked to wait while alternate verification was made. This despite frequently repeated announcements prior to going ashore.
Another enjoyable dinner tonight, Jenny enjoyed her plate of steamed vegetables and I went for another Japanese dish. Off to the Vista Lounge to listen to Simon Heath - our assistant cruise director - sing some of the many famous songs from Broadway. He has a surprisingly good voice and is really quite funny.
We have received our disembarkation form and requested a 0730 disembarkation which will give us plenty of time to meet up with our chartered coach back home.
Next stop Wellington more in a day or two.
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Cheers ... Tony