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Crossing the International Dateline Wednesday Oct 10

At 10:30 pm we crossed the International Dateline and we were informed that when we wake up, it will be Friday! (contrary to what our itinerary showed, we “lose” Thursday, not Friday.)

Surprise! Where we are it is Friday, October 12- Happy Columbus Day!

Posted by Swenigale 12:10

A Day in lush, rain-soaked Fiji

We traveled by bus with 48 of our closest friends to an Arts Village to see traditional displays – the rains held off for the entire performance. Good thing, since rain would have made it difficult for the fire-walkers to strut their stuff!
Back in Suva, the port city, the Saturday market was in full swing. We decided to buy more beautiful tropical flowers for our room instead of buying the octopus!



Posted by Swenigale 18:40

Shining sea

This was the sea on Sunday – absolutely gorgeous, glassy and calm, the air hot and humid. In just 24 hours of sailing south the temperature has dropped 22 degrees and we are rising and falling in ten foot swells! The barf bags have appeared in the hallways in convenient holders by the elevators- fortunately for Hästa, since this is his first sea voyage.



Posted by Swenigale 20:00

New Zealand at Last!

We have reached New Zealand! Tuesday we anchored in the “Bay of Islands” far up in the Northland Region.
Our introduction to the history and culture of the Maori People and the early English Settlers included these Maori warriors – who looked mighty hungry!
We were tendered ashore to the historic town of Paihia.
Sunset from the deck of the Statendam as we sailed out of the “Bay of Islands”.




Posted by Swenigale 04:00

Bay of Plenty, NZ

…plenty of Kiwi fruit, and plenty of sheep, for sure! My little lamb sucked down his milk and won first prize at the Agridome!
We visited Rotorua, which is built atop an active volcanic area. Nearly everything there is steaming or gurgling!
At 5:30pm we let loose the lines and with the help of two tugboats we sailed safely out of the harbor.




Posted by Swenigale 00:46

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