on the South Island of New Zealand. The first is Dusky Sound, named a sound but truly a Fjord. It's a cold morning but the sun has greeted us which is a rare treat in this area. This is our third visit here and I think it's the first time we have seen the sun in these parts.
Today we are in Picton, New Zealand, a small port in the north of the South Island . We arrived to picturesque scenery of mountains all around and alongside us, a working port which seems to export logs.
Beautiful scenery here
We went on a four hour excursion to Marlborough country, where they make the lovely wine that Trevor likes so much. 17 degrees and no rain, not too bad for a day out in New Zealand.
Today we are in Wellington, our first port of call on this cruise. We arrived earlier than expected due to a medical emergency for one of the passengers.
We went on an excursion to see some of the places where Lord Of the Rings was filmed. Our guide was actually in the movies and in the Hobbit movies!
Michael was very excited about all this. We visited some of the places where the Middle earth scenes were filmed. We heard some stories about what happened during filming.
Here is a photo of one of the scenes
We then went to visit the facilities of Weta Cave, a special effects, props and makeup studio that works on major movies and got its name when they worked on Lord of the Rings and more recently the Hobbit movies. They are also famous for having worked on Avitar and many others. Peter Jackson is a part owner and the company is very sought after for its expertise in movie special effects, digital graphics and special make-up and prosthetics.
We were not allowed to take photos there so I can't share any but I highly recommend this tour for Lord of the Rings fans.
Here we are on board Voyager of the Seas for our 16 night cruise to New Zealand/Australia.
We are staying in grand suite 1252 on deck 10.
Our first port is Wellington, currently we are at sea for two days. A bit of movement on the ship but not too bad considering we are crossing the Tasman and the fact that a cyclone has been in the area.
Voyager has had a renovation since we were last on board. I will post some photos in the next few days.
Some changes on RCI since our last cruise just last August, no more wine bottle packages. You have to buy their new drink packages instead. We are not sure they are worth the cost as we don't drink enough!
Today Michael took advantage of a photo opportunity with the Penguins of Madagascar!