Here you will find my adventures while I live and work on board a Princess Cruise-liner. (Hannah, 22, New Zealand)
Three weeks into being home now, loving being back around my family and friends. Keeping myself busy, but its not enough to ware me out… Miss the sound of the ship, sleeping is going a bit of a miss!
Today, - Friday 15th Nov, the Sea Princess made its second visit to Wellington for the summer season, was strange seeing her docked, and knowing everything that goes on on board, but not being there myself.
I have a busy holiday coming up, and ill be doing some exploring in my own country, so I will have a little bit to share here while home :)
Am on a four month break this time, and ill be heading off mid February, so stay tuned :)
Arrived in Auckland and headed off for coffee and breakfast with Galina, before finding a shop filled with my favourite brand of shoes, Melissa. Plastic shoes which last forever and have beautiful designs and colours! So I may have gone mad and brought a few pairs to reward myself for all my hard work J
Galina and I then picked up lunch and headed out to my best friends place in Auckland, had lunch with her, her mum and my beautiful little goddaughter, was great catching up. Headed back to the ship early afternoon and brought my friends mum on-board to show her around, showed her the ins and outs of the ship. My brother and his girlfriend came on-board too, grabbed dinner with them before saying goodbye.
We left Auckland late due to the rough weather which picked up in the evening. The rough weather affected our speed, resulting in us arriving out of the tide bracket entering Tauranga, so here we thought we would not be going to Tauranga, but instead we spend the day going in little circles around the Bay of Plenty, until the tides came back in and we could dock – at 9pm! We had to stop in Tauranga as it was our refilling port, so overnight in Tauranga here we come!
Headed off for dinner with Deon and Rochelle, before later running into Coleena and Cameron, Mikey, Adrian and a whole lot more, we went from pub to pub found a good one and spent most of the night there. Headed back in the wee hours of the morning, grabbing BK and having a picnic in the corridor until about 4am. Crashed nicely to wake early to organise meeting some family in the morning.
Picked up by my aunty and uncle had lunch and coffee at their place, spending some time catching up. Spend the afternoon the in Mt hot pools before heading back. Was a long day but really lovely catching up, and just having a nice relaxed day. Next Port of call – Napier…
Napier was a 12pm arrival, accept there was no arrival at all – rough weather left us unable to dock again, and since Napier was not a priority port we headed south to Wellington – My home!
To make my life easier I dropped off all my luggage at home, so early start with customs and offloading before drill. Got to see my mum briefly as I left all my belongings with her and I came back on-board for our weekly drill.
After drill, eight of us set off to take the bus to my place, to spend the day there, have a BBQ lunch and just be home and normal for the day. Good stories and food and laughs, before heading back – so tempted not to leave but off I went.
Change of plans….
My manager has asked me if I will extend my contract, only by 15 days, I have said yes! So I am doing the full New Zealand cruise coming up, and a trip around Tasmania too. Means I can drop of lots of luggage at home, saving on extra luggage!
Should be exciting, and hopefuly means I am home for Christmas! We shall see what happens! Fingers crossed I still am going to the Dawn in December!