Saturday, 26 October 2013
26.10.2013 - 26.10.2013
Having aborted the planned voyage South the ship headed North along the East Coast of the South Island staying close in shore to avoid the rougher waters further out. The sunrise was less than spectacular but did illuminate the snowy peaks of a range of mountains. By breakfast time we were experiencing stronger winds and rougher seas.
By lunch time we had entered the Cook Strait which separates the North and South Island of New Zealand. The Straits connect the Tasman Sea and South Pacific Ocean. As predicted the ships movements became increasingly violent. Spent an entertaining two hours watching a movie in the Theatre - "White House Down" had lots of violent action with a most improbable plot. This was followed by a lecture on the ship's operation by one of the Third Officers. She was a young, attractive blond with a great personality and loads of confidence. One of the best presentations I've seen, very polished and a touch of humour.
Dinner in the dinning room, just six of us. One couple we haven't seen for four nights now, hopefully they are well and just found friends at alternate dinning options. After dinner to the Theatre to watch the Crew Show, many talented singers primarily from the Philippines with an outstanding act by a young man from Indonesia. That old chestnut "If I were not upon the sea ..." featured many of the Cruise Director's staff and was very funny despite having seen it a number of times.
The above written withe ship's movements making my typing even less accurate than normal.
More tomorrow I hope 8-)
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Cheers ... Tony