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Bypassed Akaroa

Thursday, 24 October 2013

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A disappointing morning with almost total overcast and no hint of a colourful sunrise. The texture of the clouds provided an interesting subject but was almost totally grey. With an hour to our scheduled arrival time in Akaroa we had slowed down but the expected turn to starboard had not occurred. The mystery was explained some time later when the Captain announced that the harbormaster had declared the bay unsafe for tender operation and a forecast of deteriorating conditions. We will not be calling into Akaroa. A major disappointment for many aboard.

A revised schedule was produced and distributed within two hours and we are now sailing to Port Chalmers for an overnight stay. We are due there by 1800 and will be staying through to our scheduled departure tomorrow.

I spent some time taking photos of some different parts of the ship, then had a leisurely lunch. Followed by some serious R&R back in the cabin. To fill in part of the afternoon we went to the theatre to watch "Man of Steel", Jenny lasted about 10 minutes but I sat through the whole 2hrs 16min. Not sure that the acting was anything much but the special effects were amazing.

Off to dinner and after dinner walked into the little port village with many of the boutique shops being open to cash in on the windfall arrival of the ship. Back aboard and get this ready to post to the blog.

More tomorrow.

My photos are posted each day to http://365project.org/tonydebont/365
Cheers ... Tony

Posted by greynomadm 00:49 Archived in New Zealand

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I wonder if you found the lovely old hotel/restaurant along from Port Chalmers - Carey Bay Hotel? Didn't see you as you went passed Oamaru - pity about the weather!

by maggie6mae

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