Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Dawn Princess - October 2014 - Post 2

Departure Melbourne (again)


Rainy morning arrival - from my cabin

Sailing from Auckland


Sailing from Tauranga

Mt Manganui

The pilot heading back in


The windswept nature of this port can be appreciated here. It's a relatively small port for a ship of Dawn Princess' size

Napier is a lovely town which has cleverly capitilised on its art-deco architecture (created after the town was razed by an earthquake in the 1930's) to create a thriving tourist industry.

The theme continues on the wharf at sailing time

Port Chalmers

Milford Sound

A typically rainy day at the entrance to the sound

A few of the wonderful ship's staff

Bar waiter Melody

Barman Lito
Bar staff JoJo, Melody and Dio dressed up for Halloween
A lovely gift from the wonderful Maitre 'D Jacques

Dawn Princess - October 2014 - Post 1

I joined Dawn Princess on 7th October for a 13 night Melbourne / South Pacific islands / Melbourne 13 night cruise followed by 13 nights Melbourne / NZ / Melbourne. These were my 12th and 13th cruises aboard this ship. She was looking in need of a dry dock for a repaint and to repair leaking pipes etc. (that will be happening in Singapore next May) but as always she is still very comfortable, the food was very good and the service I received, excellent. Many of the service staff return year after year so it's very friendly and homely for me.

Departure Melbourne

My very good friend Captain Brian Liley piloted the ship out on this cruise and again on the next.

Approaching the heads.

Looking astern in the South Channel towards Arthur's Seat.


Arriving Noumea

Pacific Jewel berthing in the inner harbour

The bulk loading berth in evening light

Pacific Jewel sailing
Dawn Princess sailing

Champagne Bay


Heading into town via 'water taxi'

I'd find a resort boring after a couple of days (many would say the same about ships!) but often when in Vila I spend a very relaxing and enjoyable day at Le Lagon resort.

Isle of Pines

Some of the ship's crew enjoying R&R

Back to Melbourne

Early morning arrival