So the Captain announced that our navigation back had been altered to avoid the worst of the storm.
From there it got very rocky on the ship particularly at the aft where our cabin was.
That evening as we left Wellington we hit some unpredictable strong winds and the ship suddenly listed to one side. The captain announced that we had just hit 80 knot winds and that they were transferring ballast to compensate and return the ship upright. We soon turned into Cook Strait and it improved slightly.
Here is a photo I took showing the tilting of the ship.
That night was very rough with lots of creaking and movement. We were woken in the middle of the night when the ship listed again and our tray of mini bar supplies including glasses and alcohol went tumbling onto the tiled floor making a very loud smashing sound which was scary in the middle of the night to wake up to. Not long after the captain announced what had happened but reassured us that the ship was safe and all was under control.
We eventually went back to sleep and the next three days at sea were rocky and bumpy so we all had to take care. Pools were closed and decks were closed which made exercising a little difficult!
We arrived safely back in Sydney this morning to sunny skies.
Another trip has come to an end.