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

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  1. The OB

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    Yes, it's quite a luxurious layout. Lots of polished wood and brass and beautiful lighting throughout. The Sun Princess had just gone through a full refurbishment before our cruise...new carpets, new bar areas, enlarged theatres etc.
    For a first-time passenger, yes it can be a bit daunting to become familiar with the layout, but maybe fun wandering around:). We had cruised before on the Dawn Princess, sister ship to the Sun Princess here, so we were familiar with the layout which is exactly the same. That is a real advantage giving more confidence for heading straight to where you want to go.
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    Hi Andrew - not to worry - your pics are beautiful! I agree that the service on these ships is just superlative - your second set of the inside again reminded me of our cruise to Alaska - this was probably 25 yrs or so ago (for some reason when I scanned in all of my old slides, I cannot find any of Alaska). But if you're curious, I can explain the itinerary w/ the help of a map; the trip was 2 weeks - first week on land (places visited indicated w/ blue arrows); second week was the cruise (marked w/ red arrows). P.S. Click on the map to see the arrows.

    First week - flew into Fairbanks (probably July-August), then to Nome (panned for gold); day trip by small plane to Kotzebue, a small Eskimo village above the Arctic Circle - then back to Fairbanks and an all day trip to Denali National Park (6 million acres and larger than the state of Massachusetts and w/ fabulous views of Mt. McKinley - 20, 300+ ft., tallest peak in North America); finally an all day train ride down to Anchorage (viewing cars where on top of the train).

    Second week - Boarded the ship in Anchorage; first stop was Glacier Bay (saw the glaciers calf - ice was brought back for us to sample!); then we entered the 'Inner Passage' to Juneau (great Alaskan seafood, shopping - bought a 3 ft. totem pole that sits in my den) - took a helicopter ride which landed on the Juneau ice field, just 6 of us standing on the ice; then off to Ketchikan where we took a ride w/ a dozen or so tourists on a large reconstruction of a Pacific Coast Indian canoe - had to paddle ourselves. Finally, to Vancouver and flight back home.

    If you just have a week & love cruise boats (like my son & his wife), then the Anchorage to Vancouver trip would be fabulous - Sitka is an island that could be included (we missed it - lot of Russian influence from the old days!). Dave :)


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    Thanks Dave for that detailed info kindly provided. I will keep it in mind for future planning. I must say I envy you being much closer to the areas covered in your great travelogues with photos. Not sure about taking home that large totem pole though. May not fit into the aircraft overhead locker;)
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    Hi Andrew - not to hijack your wonderful thread, but I did take a few pics on my 'totem pole' (now only 3 ft tall and we had it shipped back to us) - located on a desk in back of my den chair; there are a few other art works, plus a wonderful metallic wall eagle kachina on the adjacent wall - totem pole is carved and painted from half of a log - the store in Juneau where we made the purchase had just thousands of Alaskan/Eskimo art works, including totem poles that were easily 20+ ft in height (wife refused to let me buy one of those! :D) - Dave :)

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    Now I do like that totem pole Dave! Shipping of that I would definitely consider. I just like the colours of it, which would enhance any den. (Love that den of yours, with obvious examples of your talented woodworking)
    Unfortunately shipping and importing of wooden products into Australia could cause problems re customs. Friends of ours took back some carvings from Bali until they hit a customs wall and had them "set aside", read temporarily confiscated, until they stood up to demand a formal clearance, which they got fairly promptly, so thankfully were OK. But you need to take care.
    Now a 20ft one! Hmmm, I don't think I would have got much further either from she who assesses totem pole sizes in our house. But gee, that would be nice to have one looking over ones shoulder behind a chair;)
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    Truly wonderful photos Andrew.......just love all those mountains and waterfalls.....simply stunning!

    And Wow, love the ship and what it offers......especially all that food!! ;)
     
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    I kept meaning to find and read your cruise thread, Andrew. At last I have been able to view it. It's wonderful, and brings back happy memories of our cruise. I am fully with you about the splendour of the fjords. Nature has some fabulous places which are quiet and can encourage you to become reflective. The fjords reminded me of photos of the Norwegian ones. A cruise to those is on my bucket list. I'm trying to encourage my wife to enjoy a cruise there. Your photos are fabulous. I hope we can see more travel tales in this forum. Cheers and thanks for the thread - it's much appreciated :) Sent from my iPad using iPF
     
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    Thanks Richard. Hope you both had a nice Christmas. I agree, those Norwegian fjords would be a marvel to see. I hope you will be able to cross that one off your bucket list very soon. Given the distance, it's bit more of an effort for me but one day.....:)
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    Yes we had a great Christmas, including the over eating! ;). The weather was severe at times with the winds and rain. Your weather is of course the summer. I hope you and yours enjoyed Christmas.

    Cheers mate

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