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2011 - H & A WORLD CRUISE - DUNEDIN

ANOTHER TOUR TO SEE SEALS


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THIS IS A TRIP TO SEE SOME MORE SEALS BUT MY REASON FOR CHOOSING THE TOUR IS BECAUSE THERE IS MENTION OF PENGUINS & ALBATROSS..

MUST BE A SATURDAY...

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DEFINITELY A WORKING PORT. NICE TO KNOW SOMEONE IS WORKING

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NOT TOO LONG BEFORE WE SEE THE FIRST SEALS...

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BE HONEST NOW.. DID YOU SPOT THE PENGUIN ON THE BEACH?

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AND THAT'S IT FOR THE PENGUINS....HAVE ANOTHER LOOK.

STILL CAN'T SEE HIM.

ME NEITHER BUT HE IS THERE SOMEWHERE..

A GUIDE SHOWED ME INTO A LOCKED OFF AREA WHERE THESE TWO WERE HIDING IN A CLEFT.

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ANOTHER GUIDE CAME ALONG & MADE US GET AWAY AS WE WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THERE.

AND THAT'S THAT FOR THE SEALS & PENGUINS... & NOW FOR SOME SHEEP...

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WE WERE IN THESE BUGGIES & IT DOES LOOK COLD...THAT'S GENA & HANS. TWO OF MY TABLE BUDDIES.

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THIS SHEEP STAYED ON THE ROAD IN FRONT OF US, JUST RUNNING AND RUNNING....

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ALMOST A SHOT OF A WEDDING AS WE FLASH PAST...

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THAT WAS THE PUKEHIKI LIBRARY, WHERE YOU COULD PROBABLY FIND OUT THAT THE MAORI CALL NEW ZEALAND THE LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD.

APTLY NAMED AS YOU CAN SEE HERE....

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AN OLD SEA DOG.....

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IS THAT AN ALBATROSS? I MUST HAVE MISSED THE SPOT WHERE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE.

IT'S BEEN A SINGULAR SORT OF DAY.

NOT MUCH WILD LIFE ON THIS TOUR BUT A GREAT RIDE ALONG THE OATAGO PENINSULAR..

I MUST PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE TOUR DESCRIPTIONS IN FUTURE..

MAYBE A KIWI TOMORROW... IT SAYS SO IN THE TOUR GUIDE..

Posted by hasbeen 07:16 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

2011 - H & A WORLD CRUISE - ULVA ISLAND

A KIWI? PROBABLY NOT.


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ULVA ISLAND - NEAR STEWART ISLAND - NEAR OBAN, OR JUST ABOUT AS FAR SOUTH AS THIS TRIP WILL TAKE US

I AM REMINDED THAT THERE ARE REPUTED TO BE KIWIS AROUND HERE.
I HAD READ SOMEWHERE, THAT BECAUSE THEY ARE SLIGHTLY BIGGER THAN THEIR COUSINS FARTHER NORTH, THEY ARE SOMETIMES SEEN DURING THE DAY.
THE LIKELYHOOD OF SEEING ONE IS BETWEEN FAT CHANCE & NO CHANCE, BUT I LIVE IN HOPE.

THEY ARE PROBABLY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND..

BEFORE LEAVING HOME I MENTIONED TO A GIRL WHO WORKS IN THE PUB THAT I MAY SEE A KIWI BECAUSE WHERE I AM GOING THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY NOCTURNAL.

"WHAT DO YOU MEAN NOCTURNAL" SHE ASKS.
"I THOUGHT A KIWI IS A FRUIT."

THE YOUNG - GOTTA LUV EM.

ANYWAY, WE DO NOT TENDER TO SHORE IN OBAN & THEN CONNECT TO OUR TOUR. WE TENDER DIRECT TO THE TOUR ON ULVA ISLAND. MAYBE A BIRD OR TWO..

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WE ARE GOING TO BE SPLIT INTO GROUPS FOR A WALK AROUND WITH A GUIDE. BEFORE WE EVEN DO THAT WE SEE THIS....

A KIWI??

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IS IT A KIWI? LOOKS LIKE A KIWI.

NO - NOT A KIWI....

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AND NEITHER ARE THESE....

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LOVELY DEEP WOODS. GREAT LOOKING TREES....

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OUR GUIDE .... CAMILA SKULKING BEHIND....

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WHOA!

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I THINK I HEARD THIS IS THE ISLANDS POST OFFICE..

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A TENDER COMING IN

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LOOKING PRETTY CHILLY ON THE BEACH AT OBAN

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THESE GUYS HAVE TO POINT THE WAY TO WATER. WE MAY BE IN TROUBLE

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THIS IS OUR LAST PORT IN NEW ZEALAND. AND NOT A KIWI IN SIGHT EXCEPT FOR THE ROAD SIGN. I THINK THEY ARE HAVING A LAUGH..

A FEW LEISURELY DAYS CROSSING THE TASMAN SEA TO - TASMANIA, WHERE ELSE!

Posted by hasbeen 07:15 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

2011 - H & A WORLD CRUISE - FJORDLAND

ONE OF THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD


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BEFORE WE FINALY LEAVE NEW ZEALAND, WE ARE IN FOR A TREAT.

FJORDLAND - WESTERN NEW ZEALAND

NO AMOUNT OF PHOTOGRAPHS OR VIDEOS WILL DO IT JUSTICE. IDEALLY YOU GET HERE JUST AFTER A RAIN SO THE WATERFALLS ARE IN FULL FLOOD.

WE MANAGED TO DO THAT, OR CLOSE ENOUGH.

AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER , WE WERE IN THREE OF THE SOUNDS

DUSKY, DOUBTFUL & MILFORD.

I TOOK VIDEO HERE AS WELL & I HOPE TO PUT SOME HERE LATER.

FOR NOW IT'S STILLS....

PEOPLE UP EARLY & CAN YOU BELIVE HOW THE CLEANING STAFF GET DRESSED UP...

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A BIT COOL.....

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GETTING THE HOT DRINKS READY ON DECK ....

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THE STAR LADY .....

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IT'S VALENTINES DAY .....

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THE NEIGHBOURS

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A STOWAWAY - POOR LITTLE BABY ....

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I HAVE A MARTHA STORY.

DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS AT THIS POINT IN THE TRIP BUT YOU WILL GET IT.

PICTURE THIS.
I AM SITTING IN THE LOUNGE WHEN MARTHA SITS DOWN.
SHE HAS FINISHED DINNER WITH HER BUDDIES & THEY HAVE BEEN HAVING A DRINK OR TWO, OR MAYBE MORE, WITH THE MEAL.

MARTHA IS A LITTLE SQUIFFY.

SHE WHISPERS TO ME THAT SHE HAS - "BEEN A LITTLE NAUGHTY"

THEY HAD DECIDED TO --- TURN OVER THE MATS IN ALL THE ELEVATORS!

AYE, CARAMBA, CALL OUT THE COPS. GO GET THE CUFFS & SLAP THESE PIRATES IN THE BRIG....

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MARTHA - ENJOYING A BREW. IS THAT COFFEE?

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Posted by hasbeen 07:14 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

2011 - H & A WORLD CRUISE - TASMANIA

TAHUNE AIR WALK, HUON VALLEY & THOSE TASMANIAN DEVILS


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THE TASMAN SEA WAS NOT IN THE LEAST BIT ROUGH. A VERY SMOOTH RIDE.

NOT QUITE THIS SMOOTH

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NOW ARRIVED IN HOBART FOR A RIDE OUT TO THE TAHUNE AIR WALK WHERE WE TAKE A STROLL THROUGH THE TREE TOPS.

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THIS IS LORRAINE FROM MY DINING TABLE.

MY FIRST EVENING MEAL ON BOARD, I WAS SEATED AT A TABLE FOR EIGHT OR TEN.
HALF AN HOUR LATER & NOBODY ELSE HAD TURNED UP.

H & A HAD ME SEATED ON A HUGE TABLE, ON MY OWN. I WAS GOING TO BE ON THIS BOAT FOR 2 MONTHS.

I AM OK ON MY OWN USUALLY, BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

LORRAINE WAS SEATED WITH 4 OTHER PEOPLE AT A WINDOW TABLE NOT FAR AWAY. HER COUSIN, SANDY TOLD ME TO GO SIT WITH THEM & THAT I DID - FOR THE NEXT MONTH.

I WAS NOT TOO IMPRESSED WITH H & A - THEY'D HAD A MONTH TO SORT THIS OUT BEFORE I EVEN GOT ON BOARD.

ANYWAY - THAT'S LORRAINE, THE LITTLE DARLING - NEEDING A STEP LADDER.

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AND IT'S ON TO THE DEVILS VIA THE HUON VALLEY. VERY PICTURESQUE...

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THOSE CUDDLY LITTLE DEVILS..

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THESE TWO GIRLS ARE STAFF - THEY GET TO ESCORT A BUS LOAD OF PASSENGERS. NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT...

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THIS IS A SHOW WHERE A PERSON IN THE CROWD HOLDS UP A COIN. THE BIRD FLIES FROM IT'S HANDLER, TAKES THE COIN BACK TO HIS MASTER.

A GOOD CASH CROP, BUT THEN THE BIRD TAKES THE MONEY BACK...

AND THERE IS THAT DARNED MARTHA AGAIN...

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THIS POOR SOUL HAS ONLY ONE WING.....

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before its back on the ship and off to Sydney

We drop off the pilot & the Captain announces we have time to look at Cape Raul.

A very strange rock formation. A bit like the columns at Giants Causeway in Ireland.

He stopped the ship & then spun it around so the people on the other side could see. Very Costa Concordia but without the drama.

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Posted by hasbeen 07:13 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

2011 - H & A WORLD CRUISE - SYDNEY & CAIRNS


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SAILING INTO SYDNEY HARBOUR.

I GET UP EARLY ON A SUNDAY TO SEE THIS, BUT THE CREW HAVE BEATEN ME TO IT,

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THE LADY WHO IS JUST IN THIS SHOT, WILL BE CLIMBING TO THE TOP OF THE BRIDGE LATER TODAY. WHERE THE FLAGS ARE.

RATHER HER THAN ME. IT LOOKS AWFUL HIGH.

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SAILING PAST THE OPERA HOUSE....

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AND NOW WE ARE DOCKED AT THE ROCKS. BETWEEN THE BRIDGE & THE OPERA HOUSE. WE BROUGHT OUR HOTEL ROOM ALONG WITH US.. HATE TO THINK WHAT A ROOM WOULD COST HERE.

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A COUPLE OF CONVICTS BEHIND BARS.. OLD HABITS DIE HARD...

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I GET THE GO ANYWHERE BUS & FERRY PASS & HEAD ACROSS SYDNEY HARBOUR TO MANLY. TAKING IN THE LOCAL WILDLIFE....

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THESE GIRLS WERE VERY FUNNY..

AND AT SHELLEY BEACH I GRAB A BOTTLE OF WATER & ASK A GUY WHAT HE THINKS OF THE WALK I AM THINKING OF DOING UP OVER THE HILL & BACK TO MANLY.
EASY WALKING HE SAYS...

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THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF SPIDERS ALONG THE TRAIL. ALL AT JUST ABOVE HEAD HIGHT.

I MENTIONED THIS TO A LADY IN A TOURIST PLACE AT THE TOP OF THE HILL & SHE EXPLAINED THAT RANGERS OCCASIONALLY GO ALONG THE TRIAL & KNOCK THE WEBS DOWN & THE SPIDERS LEARN TO NOT BUILD THEM SO LOW.

TRUE?

MAYBE SHE'S RELATED TO THE GUY BACK AT SHELLEY BEACH.

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NEAR THE TOP AND THE PLANES ARE GOING BY AT HEAD HIGHT...SO MUCH FOR THE EASY WALK.

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MORE WILDLIFE,.....

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AND BACK TO THE ROCKS. THAT WAS A GREAT WALK.
I WONDERED IF I WOULD MAKE IT UP THE HILL FROM SHELLEY BEACH BUT THE HIGHER I GOT, THE LESS CHANCE I HAD OF GOING BACK DOWN, WHICH LOOKED HARDER THAN GOING UP..

MIND YOU, JOGGERS WERE PASSING ME, SO IT'S NOT THAT BAD.

ANOTHER FERRY RIDE NOW TO WATSONS BAY & THE GAP. THEN A WALK ALONG THE CLIFF PATH TO BONDI.

EXCEPT I TOOK A BUS FOR PART OF THAT.
THAT'S THE GREAT THING ABOUT GO ANYWHERE PASSES.
THEY ARE CHEAP & CONVENIENT. NO MUCKING ABOUT WITH MONEY. SEE A BUS , GET ON IT.

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THE GAP?

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BONDI BEACH... HOME OF THE FAMOUS MOB DANCE. THAT WAS REALLY FUNNY,

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AND A BUS BACK TO THE ROCKS TO GET SET FOR MY EVENING IN THE SYDNEY OBSERVATORY. I HAD BOUGHT A TICKET ON LINE BEFORE LEAVING HOME. I AM GOING TO GET TO LOOK THROUGH THEIR BIG TELESCOPE..
NO PHOTOS UNFORTUNATELY BUT A SPECTACULAR SUNSET....

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AND AN UNUSUAL LOOK AT THE BRIDGE....

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AND YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS BY NOW....

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THAT WAS A FUN DAY.

THE FOLLOWING DAY I TAKE THE 'CAT' UP RIVER TO PARRAMATTA.

A NICE ENOUGH RIDE BUT NOT TOO EXCITING SO - SOME MORE SYDNEY PHOTOS.

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LOOKS LIKE KIDS GETTING DRESSED UP FOR A SCHOOL OUTING. I SEE SOME WITH A PRISIONERS MARK ON THEIR SHIRT - MAYBE LEARNING A LITTLE HISTORY...

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THE BAND GOING ASHORE.....

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AND THE FINAL VIEW OF SYDNEY.....CAIRNS IS NEXT IN A FEW DAYS. A BIG STORM IS IN OUR WAY. LETS HOPE IT MOVES OUT BEFORE WE GET THERE.

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IT DID, BUT IT LEFT SOME UGLY WEATHER BEHIND.

THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A HIGHLIGHT OF THE CRUISE.

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

A GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR IS ON THE AGENDA BUT A FEW FOLKS WERE HOPING IT WERE CANCELLED.

THIS GUY IS HEADING FOR THE SIDE-RAIL....
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SOME CORAL... BUT NOT TOO COLOURFUL

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AND THIS DOES NOT LOOK AT ALL LIKE THE ADVERTISEMENT..

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YOUNG LORRAINE ENJOYING THE ROUGH WEATHER....

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PADDY TOUGHED IT OUT ON DECK BUT IT WAS NOT TOO MUCH FUN.

A BIT OF A WASH OUT & I DID NOT GET TO SEE CAIRNS AT ALL.

IT GETS A BIT EXOTIC FOR A WHILE NOW AS WE MOVE AWAY FROM AUSTRALIA AND ACROSS THE CORAL SEA...

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2011 - H & A WORLD CRUISE - PAPUA NEW GUINEA


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PAPUA NEW GUINEA

IS GOING TO BE AN EXOTIC STOP.

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SEE WHAT I MEAN....

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I MUST HAVE THIS PHOTO OUT OF ORDER. WE DID NOT DRESS LIKE THIS AT BREAKFAST.

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TODAY IT IS A RIDE IN THIS SMALL BOAT TO A VILLAGE.

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THE GUIDE WAS SAYING THAT HE HOPED WE BROUGHT TOWELS & BATHING GEAR AS WE WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO SWIM. SINCE THE TOUR DESCRIPTION DID NOT MENTION THIS, NOBODY HAD SWIMMING COSTUMES.

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VERY FRIENDLY LOCALS WHO SEEM HAPPY TO SEE US.

THESE BATS DID NOT SEEM TO CARE.....

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HELLO LADIES....

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ONE OF THE PASSENGERS IN THE BOAT WAS SAYING THAT WE WOULD SOON SEE HOUSES BUILT OVER THE WATER, BUT THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. IT'S A TOILET ON THE EDGE OF THE OCEAN.

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I WAS GLAD I DID NOT HAVE TO LIE ABOUT MY REASON FOR DECLINING THE OFFER OF SWIMMING.

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WE ARE ON SHORE NOW...

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EXOTIC, BEAUTIFUL BIRDS.....

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THIS WAS WHERE WE WOULD HAVE GONE SWIMMING...

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QUITE A FEW PASSENGERS DID NOT ENJOY THE ATTENTION OF SO MANY LOCALS LOOKING AT THEM BUT I WAS PERFECTLY OK WITH PNG . .

AFTER A VERY PLEASANT DAY ASHORE .. WE ARE BACK ON BOARD WHERE THERE ARE ...

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.. . STOWAWAYS &

PIRATES.....

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KISSING THE FISH IS PART OF THE CROSSING THE LINE CEREMONY.

NOW THAT FISH MUST BE WELL PLAICED....

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THERE MAY HAVE BEEN A COUPLE OF GUESTS INVOLVED IN GETTING WET & MESSY BUT IT WAS MAINLY THE YOUNG STAFF MEMBERS. LOOKS LIKE THEY ENJOYED IT..

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ME STANDING ON THE EQUATOR

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PULAO SHOULD BE NEXT BUT WE COULD NOT NEGOTIATE A PLACE TO BERTH SO WE SKIPPED IT AND HEADED TO THE PHILIPPINES & AN EXTRA DAY THERE.

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2011 - H & A WORLD CRUISE - MANILLA


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BY-PASSING PULAO, WE PULL UP TO MANILA WHERE THE RECEPTION IS AMAZING,

LOTS OF PEOPLE ON SHORE. BANDS PLAYING. NOISE LIKE CRAZY.

THIS IS THE PHILIPPINES - WHERE A LARGE CHUNK OF CRUISE EMPLOYEES ARE FROM.

HIGHLY UNUSUAL FOR CRUISE SHIPS, TODAY, FAMILIES OF CREW MEMBERS ARE ALLOWED ON BOARD. PARENTS, GRAND-PARENTS, CHILDREN SIBLINGS.. THE SHIP IS ALIVE WITH PEOPLE WHO WOULD NOT EXPECT TO GET ON A CRUISE SHIP. SEEING WHERE THERE RELATIONS WORK.

I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE INTRODUCED TO SOME.

IT WAS QUITE SOMETHING.

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MY OWN TOUR WAS TO TAGAYTAY. A VOLCANO INSIDE A LAKE, INSIDE A VOLCANO. A COUPLE OF HUNDRED KILOMETERS AWAY FROM MANILLA.

I AM IN A VAN WITH MAYBE 10 PEOPLE. WE HAVE TWO MOTORCYCLE POLICE OUTRIDERS. THROUGH THE CRUSH OF MANILLA TRAFFIC, WE CRASH RED LIGHTS. CARS ARE FORCED TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD TO LET US BY. IT IS LIKE BEING IN A PRESIDENTIAL MOTORCADE. SOMEWHAT EMBARRASSING BUT WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THE SITUATION & SIT BACK & ENJOY THE SHOW.

WE STOP AT A CHURCH WHERE THERE IS A BAMBOO ORGAN....

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AND A FANCY RESORT..

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HERE'S THE COPS TAKING A BREAK...

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AND THE LAKE.. A POPULAR WEDDING RECEPTION SPOT....

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SOME SORT OF FISH OR SHRIMP FARMING IN THE LAKE....

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BACK TO THE SHIP AFTER 6 HOURS OR SO & THE BAND'S STILL PLAYING. THE GIRLS STILL TWIRLING THEIR BATONS.

WE PASSED SOME INCREDIBLY POOR SHANTY TOWN AREAS AROUND MANILLA BUT THE PEOPLE STILL MANAGE TO SMILE.

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NEXT DAY I JUST WALKED AROUND CLOSE TO THE SHIP. DID NOT TAKE MY CAMERA. NOT THE BEST PART OF THE TOWN TO WALK AROUND BUT NO ONE PAID ME ANY MIND.

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