WELCOME TO AUCKLAND, New Zealand - DAY 1
We began last evening at the Crystal Cove for a pre-dinner drink.
We had dinner at Waterside.
These are the dinner menus.
We had two courses rather than our regular three course meal. A dinner salad followed by Mahi Mahi Tuna for Keith from the Moment Menu and Tiger Shrimp over Pasta for Anne Marie.
The featured entertainment was Fosse which we attended. This show was first shown a few years ago and we were glad it was shown again. It was developed on the ship and at the time most of the singers and dancers and members of the Crystal Showband were not involved with its debut. Watching the show you would not realize they practiced it for less than two weeks. Rather, you would think this is one of the regular production shows. A very special show indeed.
We slept well as we sailed to our next port of call stop of Auckland, New Zealand. We enjoyed another wonderful sunrise. We also saw the Pilot Boat arrive to the ship.
Attached at the hip. LOL.
After Keith worked out, we had breakfast in our room and got ready to explore Auckland. We have visited here several times over the years.
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city with a population around 1.6 Million people. Its population is diverse and it is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world.
Major downtown attractions included the Auckland Museum, the Sky Tower, Parnell Village, the Maritime and the Auckland War Memorial Museums, The Auckland Zoo, Newmarket and Auckland Botanical Gardens.
Auckland Museum provides both the natural culture and social history of New Zealand and its people.
Sky Tower offers wonderful views of the city and its suburbs and can be seen from various vantage points across the city of Auckland.
Maritime Museum is a terrific venue to learn about the history of seafaring in New Zealand.
Auckland Zoo opened 98 years ago and is home to over 1,400 animals.
Newmarket is an upscale area of Auckland including a retail district along with cafes and and restaurants.
Auckland Botanical Gardens started in 1973 and opened to the public in 1982. It has six major gardens.
The city is located between the Hauraki Gulf and the Hunua Ranges. The surrounding hills are covered in rain forests. There are many dormant volcanic coasts near the rainforests.
The nice thing about the location of the cruise ship terminal is no shuttle is required to visit the city. The location is right in the middle of the city.
As we left the cruise ship terminal we saw Hotel Director Scott Peterson. Scott will take over when Hubert goes on a well-deserved Holiday at the conclusion of this cruise. Less than a block from the terminal, we ran into former Crystal Symphony Shore Excursion Manager Jim whom we last sailed with in 2018. He is now assisting Crystal Land Programs with special projects. It was wonderful to see and visit with Jim.
As was the case last year there is lots of construction downtown as part of the expansion of the subway system. There are lots of people who help direct the pedestrians and get them safely across the street.
We made our way to different areas where we enjoyed views of Sky Tower, the Harbour, over to Albert Park and the nearby university. Apologies for the photo of the iconic Clock Tower. However, the only way to photograph was with the sun to the front of where we were. We made a few stops; one at a pharmacy and the other to a Mac Pac shop. No, not Mac as in Apple. Rather, Mac Pac as in outdoors type of clothing. We have purchased from the Mac Pac stores in Auckland and other areas within New Zealand and Australia including clothing in preparation for the Northwest Passage Cruise.
We also checked out one of the train stations. We plan to see the Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Concert this evening. Our original plan was to use Uber but we think we will take the train.
Back on the ship we enjoyed lunch at Marketplace, Paddle Tennis for Keith, a walk for Anne Marie.
This is the daily Reflections Program.
Anne Marie & Keith