Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
She says that the weather is good, and she thinks her ship is beautiful.
They're already planning their next cruise.
Thanks for the postcard Fiona, I've got a nice QE2 postcard here for you that I'll send away soon.
Enjoy the rest of your cruise!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
We recently sailed from Auckland's beautiful harbour aboard P&O's Oriana which is currently on a world voyage.
The local tugboat captain skillfully helped the 65,000 tonne Ocean Liner gracefully reverse from her berth, and sent her on her way to Sydney.
But after he'd done the job, the Tug Boat captain showed us what he, and his powerful tug could really do.
To the Auckland Port Authority, and their Tug Operators, thanks for giving us a memory that will stick with us for years!
Please forgive the camera movement in the video. It's very hard to hold a mobile phone camera still while trying to celebrate at the same time.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Emma and Mark are feeling much better. Ken is no longer feeling sea sick and we're hoping he'll continue with us to Brisbane instead of quitting in Sydney.
All the ladies recieved a rose after dinner last night because it was valentines day.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Mark has got over his bout of queeziness but now both Liz and Emma are feeling sea sick from the movement of the ship.
Lilly thinks that even though she is 6 she should be going pm the teens club instead of 'Peter pans' for the 4 to 8 year olds.
I fear she may be right!
Each terrace was packed with people partying and they all cheered when the tug boat driver released the lines and did a couple of impressive twirls with his boat as a kind of salute. I'll upload a video of it when we get home.
Seas are rough and Liz is queezy and a bit sea sick. Mark ate some suspect lamb shanks the night before we left so he's been confined to his cabin for 24 hours by the doctor.
As you can see from the picture, Lilly has made some new friends in kids club who are sailing right sound the world. Harrison prefers to explore the ship by himself.
More news later!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Here are Lilly's answers to some of her assignment questions. Priceless :)
Q1. Write down 5 special things about New Zealand.
1. The kiwi is a special animal.
3. The Haka
4. The Maori kiss
5. Bubbling hot mud
Q2. Write down 5 special things about Auckland.
1. Harbour city
2. There is a sea there
3. The buses are green
4. In the hotel you can see the boat
5. There is a haka show
I explained that when it takes off, our plane weighs about 45 tonnes. By comparison Oriana has a grt of 65,000 tonnes. Over 1,000 times heavier.
Both kids wanted a window seat but only one was available, so they tossed a coin and Lilly got the window seat for take off and Harrison for landing.
I've set them an "assignment" to do during this adventure which includes taking photos from the air and finding out facts about New Zealand and the ship. I'll upload one or two if I get a chance.
Monday, February 09, 2009
A Postcrossing post card from 8-year-old Jannick who lives in Guernsey.
Jannick likes Lego, Dr Who and Computers. (So do I), and is learning to speak German.
"Vielen Dank", Jannick!
Also, the roaming internet charges for my Telstra phone while we're in NZ are $15 per megabyte, which is ludicrous, so I'll only upload via the hotel internet cafe while we're in NZ.
BUT, I will be sending micro-updates via Twitter. It lets me send updates via SMS on my phone, which is really cheap.
You can see my twitter updates on the right-hand column of this blog.
My name is Sheldon and I'm a Toy Voyager.
My mum sent me out into the big wide world on an adventure. Part of my mission is to learn something from wherever I visit. I've also been told to go to New Zealand and see a Kiwi, then to go on a few cruises. (A few??? That means more than one, doesn't it?)
Mum sent me to the right place because the people I'm living with now are crazy about cruising! Do you think that perhaps they're crazy enough to go on more than one cruise?
In a couple of days I'm going on a flight to Auckland New Zealand. And then I'll be hopping on a huge ship which will bring us back home, hopefully without me getting wet.
Here's a picture of me checking out my travel documents. I know I look calm, but inside I'm wondering what I've got myself in to!
Being a voyager can be scarey at times!
Watch this space and you might catch me in some of the family photos pop up here from time to time.