Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Monday we were at Tauranga on the Bay of Islands, not far from our friend Sally’s home. Since we had seen the area earlier, we decided to take it easy and stay on the ship for the day. I had a massage in the spa this morning, which helped relieve some of the discomfort I’m having in my leg muscles. I also had an introductory appointment with an acupuncturist, but have decided not to pursue that course.

Otherwise, it was a restful day. I finished one book, went to the ship’s library, and got another. Dan had rice and dal at the Indian food station in the cafe for lunch. We had a lovely dinner in the main dining room. In our past cruises, we had to sign up for dinner either at 6:00 or 8:30. We like a little more flexibility, and this cruise allows us to go anytime we like between 6:00 and 9:00. Last evening was the first time we had to wait to be seated, and that was barely five minutes.

Dan and enjoyed watching the heavy equipment both in the morning and in the evening. A crane set up the exit ramp from the ship and another vehicle moved multiple containers close so they could be unloaded onto the ship. Just imagine the supplies needed to feed 2000+ people and 1500 crew members every day! It has to be one of the best organized efforts anywhere.

Sunrise from our balcony

Setting container close to ship for unloading

Setting up exit ramp

Island in the bay

Dismantling exit ramp

Chick made from towel on our bed in the evening

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