Thursday, 16 June 2011

Wellington Port of Call

Cruise ships docked at Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington looked beautiful with the harbour sparkling in the morning sun as we came in to dock. The 'Dawn Princess' was already in port by the time we arrived. Its passengers had almost all disembarked, to walk into the city or board buses for their day's tours.
   Wellington is a favourite city of mine with its cultural vibe and cafes galore. We met a friend for lunch - on a tug boat in Oriental Bay! The tug has been refurbished as a restaurant. We sat right in the bow to eat, with great views back to the city.
   The 'Volendam's' departure was scheduled for one minute before midnight, which gave us time to meet family after they had finished work. Dinner was at an award-winning restaurant ashore. And very nice it was too. Later that night we arrived back at the dock to board the 'Volendam'. Apart from security guards in the cruise ship terminal, no one else was around. As we walked up the gangway, it felt as if we were royalty, boarding our private vessel. I wish!

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