Thursday, March 20, 2014
Hello faithful followers. We are now in the South Pacific.
I previously mentioned the fact that we weren’t allowed to stop in The Bay of Islands, New Zealand as it would have put us right smack in the eye of Cyclone Luci. I must say that the following 3 days at sea sailing around Luci still proved a rough go for many. I personally didn’t leave my cabin very much given the difficulties in navigating oneself around the ship and/or running the risk of throwing up on someone or something. I finally had to start taking medicine instead of eating ginger and/or green apples that were suggestions given to me from crew members.
On March 17th we were in Nuku’Alofa, Kingdom of Tonga. What did I think of Tonga you ask? Well, let it suffice to say that the King of Tonga certainly lives a lot better than his people do that’s for sure.
His palace was directly across from where our ship docked, but we were told he was visiting the other side of the island that day. What’s with that? 1700 plus people come to give his kingdom a serious much needed influx of cash and he can’t even say hello?? This place is unbelievably poor and very dirty, and I truly wonder why it is part of any ships itinerary. What did stand out though was for everything the people of Tonga do not have I must say that they are the friendliest people I’ve met in my entire life.
Here are a few pictures to show you what I mean…
Dockage In Nuku’Alofa, Tonga
Is At A Premium
Our Ship Does Not Quite Fit The Dock
Welcome To Tonga
This Toyota Is In Very Good Shape Compared To
Most Vehicles In Tonga
Some Of The Smoke Actually Makes It To The Top
They Even Have Fast Food
Why I Am Not Sure Since It Is Too Smoking Hot To Do Anything Fast
When It is
92f or 34c At 10am
En Route To
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Hello faithful followers.
Sorry for keeping you all waiting for this update, but as you are already aware we have been having great difficulty posting because the internet on board the ship is painfully slow and it takes the majority of our purchased time allotment just to log on and off the darn computer never mind the time required to upload Rick’s gorgeous photos to the blog. The cost is inflated to say the least so we have been lugging Rick’s laptop on and off the ship in search of internet cafes where we can buy time for a more reasonable price, and then that in itself proves difficult most of the time.
We‘ve been unsuccessful during the last few ports as more often than not we are limited to free Wi-Fi locations like Starbucks or hotspots that a gazillion other people are sharing with you and you can’t even sign on to or its slower than the ships service grrrr.
So we are going to try something different…we will try making the photos size smaller files and will post just a few photos. So here goes…we are in Auckland, New Zealand here…
Selfie At The St. Patrick's Irish Pub
Aft Lido Pool
Waking Up To Clear Skies
And Calm Seas
8am 28c or 82f
En Route To
Kingdom Of Tonga
Signing Off At Sea
Rick, Sandra, Wee Shaemus