New Zealand Cruise
It was a beautiful Saturday morning and I enjoyed the taxi ride to the pier where I boarded the Golden Princess for our cruise to New Zealand. Carol had flown from Christchurch, New Zealand, where she had been visiting her granddaughter’s family, that morning and was already aboard when I finally made my way to our balcony cabin. Carol wasn’t feeling well and was coughing so she didn’t join me on deck for the sail away event held by the ship as we departed Melbourne harbor. I took lots of photos of the picturesque Melbourne skyline before returning to our cabin to change for dinner.
We met the other passengers who would be sharing our table at dinner throughout the cruise: Margaret and Morris, a lovely couple from the Melbourne area; and Ray, Vanessa, and Ray’s aunt, Tillie, an interesting, pleasant, threesome from Miami, Florida. Dinner was spent getting acquainted and we were pleased with the service and our friendly tablemates. We decided to go to the ship’s theater for the welcome aboard show before adjourning to our cabin for an early evening.
The next two days were sea days as we sailed toward New Zealand and Fiordland National Park. We spent the morning cruising in Milford Sound observing the breathtaking waterfalls surrounding us. Carol was feeling feverish and coughing and spent most of the day in bed. We left the Sound and within an hour the ship had to turn around and return to evacuate a crew member with a medical emergency. Consequently, we missed Thompson Sound. Much to our delight, a group of dolphins surprised us, coming up right under the ship and putting on a show for us, as we sailed through Doubtul Sound on our way to Akaroa.