Saturday, 16 September 2017

Golden Princess - August 2017 - Post 1

I rejoined one of my favourite ships, Golden Princess, in Sydney on 2nd. August for a 35 day cruise to Fiji, Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and back. As always, the service was excellent (friendly, efficient and obliging), the food very good and the ship very comfortable. It was also great to enjoy the cruise with old cruising friends Tim and Elaine and new friends Rob and Deb. Another great experience.

Golden Princess arriving in Sydney at 0600 2nd August.
My very comfortable cabin.
With friends Steve and Dianne Pelecanos in Brisbane.

Suva harbour.
At Suva.
A delicious goat curry lunch with Tim and Elaine at the Tradewinds Hotel.
Ship's tenders at Savu Savu.

Arriving at Honolulu.

Other shipping in Honolulu harbour.

At anchor off Maui.
Alongside at Nawiliwili.
Sailing from Nawiliwili.

Golden Princess - August 2017 - Post 2

Arriving at Papeete, Tahiti. Moorea in the background.

James Packer's yacht, Arctic.

The Papeete based cruise ship Paul Gauguin.

At Moorea.

At Bora Bora.


Golden Princess - August 2017 - Post 3

Sunrise from my balcony.

Where I had lunch every day in the tropics.
Pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres in Skywalkers.

At Queens Wharf, Auckland.
Early evening light from Skywalkers lounge.

Evening departure.
Bay of Islands.

With the Captain John Foster at the 40 Most Travelled lunch.
I was very honoured that Maitre d' Carlos put on a delicious, private lunch, specially prepared by the executive chef, for me with the senior hotel staff. (L-R) Back Row - Saverio- Executive Chef, me, Carlos - Maitre d', FrontRow - Steve - F&B Service Director, Marianne, Customer Service Director, Martin - Hotel General Manager.

The fabulous Skywalkers team.

With friends Natalan and Daniel.
At the end of a very tasty, specially prepared, Indian Dinner with friends Tim and Elaine, my fabulous waiters Minn and Jericho and Head Waiter Francisco.
Excellent lunchtime jazz from some of the ship's orchestra, in the Atrium.