Auckland then THE cruise - Dawn Princess; Sydney-Dover-on to Nottingham to see number 1 grandson and for a rest! Rejoin at Fort Lauderdale-Auckland. Then again, Diamond Princess; Singapore - Sydney - Auckland
Why are we blogging?
We thoroughly enjoyed the blogs from those on the World Cruise 2010. They were so useful and some were also very entertaining and so we we started our own, late 2010, ready for the 2011 cruise(s).
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Day 34 - Tauranga - with family! Dec 28th
For some strange reason, the ship had a bit of a mild vibration over night and all that seemed to do was shake up the innards, so we kept waking up and made more than the usual overnight single trip to the bathroom! Paula was up early for the sail in to Mt Maunganui, whilst I tried to get more sleep, but I was still out of bed at 7:15. Although we’d told Julie not to have breakfast, we did manage a quick snack to tide us over.
We walked off about 8:15 and met Julie & Stephen at the dock security gate where the security officer struggled to find both their names on his list, but let them in anyway. We picked up their security passes in exchange for their passports and headed to the buffet via the cabin.
They enjoyed a Princess breakfast but were ecstatic at the Belgian waffle with stewed apple and cream from the ice cream kiosk!
An enjoyable swim and spa after a wander through the ship and then an early lunch before we all went ashore at 12:30.
Paula and I walked along the beach road and back via the main street of Mt Maunganui with a coffee en route. (This was the most expensive coffee of the whole trip $5.70!) At this time of the year, (approaching New Year’s eve) the beach is a favourite place for teenagers so the roads were extremely busy with holidaymakers – especially with the baseball cap on backwards brigade in their noisy Rotary engined cars.
No trivia win to polish off the trip but we confused the waiters by changing seats every time their backs were turned... Childish – but fun.
The Explorers entertainer was once again, Bayne Bacon but we always enjoy his performances. For the last time, Greg dragged us up to the buffet. As is usual for Princess, you put your tagged cases outside the cabin before dinner so you have to be careful to make sure you have left out clothes and wash gear for the morning. I accidentally packed my wallet as it was still in my shorts...