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Norwegian Breakaway

Day 1 at sea

overcast 60 °F

Our first day at sea was cloudy and overcast and the winds became increasingly stronger. The pool decks are closed for safety. The ship has its stabilizers deployed so the movement of the ship is pretty smooth considering. As I write this the seas are about 12 feet - a sea state 4 - and the winds are coming across the deck at about 40 knots.

First impressions are important, and our first day on board was met with a very friendly staff and good food. We had sushi for lunch - yes the serve raw fish - and went to the Italian Restaurant for dinner. After dinner, as we were walking around the ship, the passengers were serenaded by some Princes and Princesses who were practicing their ABC's and Itsy Bitsy spider.

For breakfast this morning, we chose one of the dining rooms, and were served perfectly prepared Eggs Benedict!


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Norwegian Breakaway

New York

overcast 53 °F

We started this adventure in New York, where the Norwegian Breakaway was moored next to the Intrepid museum. We are doing a trans-atlantic journey to Southampton England with stops in the Azores, Ireland, England and France. Our next five days are at sea. We arrived in New York to a beautiful 75 degree day, and woke up the next morning with clouds and temperatures in the high 40's - certainly a transition.
We arrived at the pier about 1130, and the ship had not finished debarking yet. Apparently Customs and Border Patrol was severely limiting the number of folks who could debark at one time. As a result the ship was not cleared until almost 1pm. Slow and tedious with a packed cruise terminal of passengers, most of whom had arrived much before the scheduled boarding time of Noon.


Directly across the river from where we were tied up was Hamilton Park in New Jersey, where Alexander Hamilton died in a duel.


We got underway late due to needing to complete a large on -load of groceries for the next 12 days. The ship normally provisions for 7 days.

A good dinner and off to bed!

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Sydney to Auckland

Photo album

I have finished uploading the photo album of our adventure.

Please click Sydney to Auckland and enjoy!

Back with a transatlantic crossing, New York to Southampton UK in April!

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Sydney to Auckland


sunny 80 °F

Our last stop and debarkation port was the wonderful (and warm) city of Auckland - New Zealand's sailing capital. Since our flight did not leave until early evening, we chartered a private 4 hour city tour, which turned out to be wonderful. Auckland is a summer paradise, encompassing a number of long dormant volcanoes that, when climbed, offer some spectacular views of the city. In our visit to the arboretum, we were finally able to see the silver fern (green on the top and silver underneath) which is the symbol of New Zealand.

This was a wonderful cruise. New Zealand, the last country to be inhabited on earth (12th century), is warm, friendly and wonderful. They people have learned to coexist well, and both the Mauri and European cultures have melded together much better than in other places in the world. I would love to go back and see some more of the inland areas.


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Sydney to Auckland


sunny 75 °F

Today, we finally found sun and warmth as we visited the Tauranga region of the North Island. Tauranga (Māori pronunciation: [ˈtaʉɾaŋa] is the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty Region of the North Island of New Zealand. It was settled by Māori late in the 13th century and by Europeans in the early 19th century and was constituted as a city in 1963. Tauranga is one of New Zealand's main centres for business, international trade, culture, fashion and horticultural science. The Port of Tauranga is New Zealand's largest port in terms of gross export tonnage and efficiency.

Our first stop was at the Elms Mission. Located at the northern tip of Te Papa peninsula, for centuries the site of The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga was known as Otamataha pā, the landing place of ancestral waka and home to a thriving Māori community. From the 1820s a period of inter-tribal warfare ensued as neighbouring tribes armed themselves with muskets and set out to settle old scores. Otamataha did not escape the fighting. Visiting in 1828, missionaries found that the pā had been attacked and the inhabitants killed, taken as slaves or had fled to other settlements. The Otamataha site was abandoned and considered tapu (sacred). However, the local chiefs realised the advantages that a missionary presence could provide for trade and security. With their reputation as peacemakers, missionaries of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) were invited to live amongst Tauranga Māori and establish a mission station at Te Papa. Inter-tribal skirmishes remained an ongoing concern during the 1830s and Te Papa Mission Station was not formally established until 1838 under the leadership of Alfred Brown.


It was then off to the Kiwifruit orchards to try some fruit and juice. The Yellow Kiwifruit is wonderful, not found much in North America. New Zealand is the third largest producer of Kiwifruit behind China and Italy, but the New Zealand fruit is considered the highest quality and most sought after.


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