Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Australia and New Zealand Cruise


Hi there, I have finally returned from my holiday around Southern Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand on an 18 day cruise on the Radiance of the Seas with Royal Caribbean to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary

It was an experience we will never forget for a number of reasons. We met some lovely people, enjoyed fabulous food and saw some beautiful scenery and places. However, we and the ship weren't prepared for the cold, wet and windy weather we received with limited activities to suit all ages. In all the 24 days of being away, we only saw the sun on 3 days!!!



One of the highlights of the trip was visiting a wildlife park in Tasmania where you could get close to the koala bears and kangaroos. 




 
Our next stop was New Zealand, visiting the fjords in Milford Sound. These are the fantastic views we woke up to seeing outside our balcony at 7am 




 The ship was originally scheduled to stop at Christchurch, but because of the recent earthquake, the whole area is still devastated so we docked at a beautiful town called Akaroa 1 1/2 hours away. From here we took a small boat trip around the coast to see wild dolphins and penguins swimming in the sea and  fur seals

 
 

















In the afternoon we visited a penguin sanctuary where we saw adult  penguins and their babies nesting

 









The last morning of our cruise,  5.30 am in the morning sailing past Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. What a spectacular view!










3 comments:

  1. wow! what great photos, make lovely scrapbook pages.....shame about the weather etc...still you will have some good memories....it was lovely to see you today..xx

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  2. Awwww its such a shame the weather was so miserable, but it is testament to you both that you kept smiling and trying to enjoy what you could, I hope in years to come you can laugh about the experience and still treasure it as memories made - together. PS good to have you back, we missed you xxx

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  3. Fabulous Pictures Linda. Shame about the dire weather but an experience of a lifetime. Back to reality now, we've missed you. xxx

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