|Boats in the harbor in Tauranga, New Zealand. We have such fond memories of the three months we spent in this beautiful country.|
|Glass sculpture in hallway.|
During our first year of world travel, we embarked on eight cruises in a little over five months. Then, we had a 14 month gap with no cruises at all. From there, we slowed down a bit to the current total of 16 cruises.
|While taking this photo I thought, "Humm...this looks familiar." We've only taken about 10,000 photos since taking this shot. It would be easy to forget.|
Instead, we focus on our joy of cruising and using a ship as our temporary home for a few weeks and in this case, for over a month. Sure, the cost for cruising generally exceeds our preferred average daily cost of around US $200, AU $268, including vacation rental fees, transportation, visas, food, insurance, entertainment, Internet and miscellaneous.
|Forest along the seaside in Tauranga.|
After our change in course due to inclement weather, the last week's cruise itinerary has changed dramatically. Today, we're in Tauranga, New Zealand during which a funny thing happened to us. Well, it was funny to us anyway.
|The town of Tauranga, New Zealand.|
- 114,789 people usually live in Tauranga City. This is an increase of 10,905 people, or 10.5 percent, since the 2006 Census.
- Its population ranks 6th in size out of the 67 districts in New Zealand.
- Tauranga City has 2.7 percent of New Zealand's population."
Not only are we grateful and enjoy the exciting days, we've found the quiet and mundane days to be enjoyable in their own way, as is the case for many of you. Not everyday has to be emblazoned in our minds as highly memorable.
|Shipping yard in Tauranga.|
As always, we set up our laptops in our usual Latte tudes Café on the fifth deck where we are often able to find comfortable seating with enough activity in the background to further entertain us while we work on the day's post.
|As we walked toward the port exit, everything started looking familiar.|
Of course, we're flattered to hear this including all the positive feedback we received all day yesterday and again this morning after yesterday's "event." We couldn't be more pleased that our seminar was a success.
|Seagull hoping for a morsel from tourists.|
Since this information is so readily available in our minds no rehearsal is required, only the agenda to refer to on my laptop during the presentation. No stress. No worries. We're totally at ease with the entire process.
Once we completed the agenda we decided to postpone preparing the post and head out to see Tauranga. Its cool here today so we bundled up in jeans and parkas planning to spend a few hours visiting the town, a not too distant walk from the port.
|Here's another of New Zealand's beautiful skies.|
Cold and windy, we turned around and returned to the ship but not before we took today's several photos. There was no point in spending too much time in a port of call we'd already explored at length. Here's the link to our original visit in January, 2016.
Once back on board we busied ourselves working on today's post and photos and soon, when done, we may just make a stop at the Windjammer Café on deck 11 for a light bite to eat.
We hope all of our family, friends/readers in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and warmest regards to all of your throughout the world. Thanks for hanging with us through this lengthy cruise
|The beach along this area in Fiji was mostly rocky. For more details, please click here.|