A cruise around the world-heritage fjord area of New Zealand

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  1. The OB

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    On a recent cruise around NZ we were very impressed with this beautiful part of the world. A completely unspoiled world heritage area of peaceful fjords and gorges when sailing around the southern tip of New Zealand's south island. Not a road or electric pole or man-made thing in sight. Just wild beautiful handiwork of nature.
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    That's a fantastic scenery, Andrew!
    You certainly enjoyed this part of your cruise.
     
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    Thank you Johanna. I'm afraid my photography efforts did not do justice to the real thing;) It seemed a peaceful yet, what's the word?, powerful kind of place, hard to describe. I think the closest I got to an atmosphere like that was driving through Glencoe Pass in Scotland some years ago. People and the Scots who have done that would know what I mean.
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    Great photos, Andrew! I especially like the 8th photo, showing the results of two avalanches.
     
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    Honestly: Your pictures are better than you consider them to be. Experiencing all this beauty must have been breathtaking. No wonder that you're struggling for words.

    Is the ship on your first picture your cruise liner?
     
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    Hi Andrew - great pics! The water w/ the mountains + low lying clouds remind me of our mountain trips here except the Appalachians are rounded and covered w/ trees. The boat looks fabulous - we were on a similar one on our 2-week land/water trip to Alaska years ago (I gained too much weight on the ship and had to starve for a month or so on our return - BUT the food was excellent). Dave :)
     
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    Thanks sci, the ship had a ranger, an expert on that area, come on board to give commentaries which we could listen to on the ship's TV channel while admiring the views on our cabin's balcony. You're quite right, those are avalanche scars on that landscape, according to him caused by fairly recent earthquakes in that area.
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    Thank you J. A. Yes that's the ship, the sun Princess, a beautiful white lady of 77000 tons. Here's a few more pics of the ship:
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    The interior looks more like a Grand Hotel.
    Considering the size of the ship, it must have been easy to get lost there.
     
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    Thanks mate, but I would be struggling to compete with some of the fab pics you have been posting. It's not just the food on these cruises, it's the service as well. How about a waiter asking if you would like your lobster shelled?
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    But yeah, I can relate to the weight thing. I had to keep a check on mine by constantly climbing stairs rather than taking the lifts, as well as judicious use of the promenade deck for walking off a very indulgent High Tea of an afternoon;)
    That Alaskan trip Dave? Is that the one in tourist ads for the "Inside Passage" cruise (Canada/Alaska tours)? I have never visited America or Canada and would very much like to see that part of the world. Soon I hope.
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