Radiance of the Seas Cruise – Hobart to Dunedin

Sailaway was 7pm after one bus load of tour people arrived at 6.45pm. The sun was setting, making it really beautiful but a bit chilly.
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Dinner then a quick drink in the Quill & Compass before bed.

We had a sea day as we headed towards Melbourne. Bit of a lazy day. The show was comedy juggler, Marty Coffee, who’s American but lives in Australia. But due to a rehearsal technical hitch, we ended up with Polish violinist Joanna Marie Frankel, who was actually a passenger sailing with her bridge officer hubby, for 15 minutes then the act for half an hour.
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Melbourne was our last Australian port until we arrived in Sydney on the 9th April.
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It was Easter Sunday but many things were open. An early start as I was meeting Sheena and Steve Dalton, who would be showing me around. We rode the City Circle Tram, which is free before heading back to the car via the Yarra River.
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Then got a nice pic of the ship before lunch.
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Quick look at steam strains being restored, met their kids and dog Kia then headed back to the ship.
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It was quite cool for sailaway but a gorgeous view of the Melbourne skyline from the ship.
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At dinner we had sort of Hot Cross buns and a small chocolate Easter Egg each.
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The 1st April was another sea day. Temperature outside was about 16c but people were in woollies – except me! I got some strange looks indeed!
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I rushed through dinner to escape O Sole Mio! The show was City of Dreams, which had great costumes but bugger all story.
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Another sea day and lazy one. Raining and bumpy. Most of the TV had changed so we had TCM as well as the webcam getting its own channel. Didn’t do much apart from Diamond Club and dinner.
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The one advantage of having a cabin below the theatre is you hear the rehearsals so decide whether it’s worth going or not.

Landfall – sort of! We reached New Zealand on the 3rd. It was pouring as we headed towards Milford Sound. The pilot was picked up at 6.30am and we entered the Sound in the dark, stopping at Lady Bowen waterfall to drop the 105 or whatever off for their overnight tour to Queenstown, rejoining the ship in Dunedin. Many were up sheltering on the top deck. They were selling hot chocolate which you could have with or without Tia Maria. I opted for without and the flask was lovely and warm on my hands! It was definitely better when it started getting light.
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We did a 360 degree turn so everyone could see everything before heading off towards the exit of the Sound, stopping in front of Stirling Falls for a while.
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We continued through until reaching open sea.
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It was hell on earth back in the open water as Radiance of the Seas became Rollercoaster of the Seas! We even went through a hail shower so had to dodge them as well as stay upright!
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Such a relief to enter Thompson Sound, sail around Secretary Island then exited via Doubtful Sound.
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Back to the really rough seas. I love it but it played hell with my back and knee and was definitely the worst I’ve ever been on. I’d bought another flask of hot choc, without Baileys, and retreated to the cabin to rest, trying desperately to stay on the sofa. Finally we came to our final part of Fiordland, as we went through Break Sea Sound, around Resolution Island and heading back towards the open sea via Dusky Sound. This one was all weather but freezing.
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Defrosted until dinner after a fantastic day then went to bed since it was an early start.

A smooth ride to Dunedin where we arrived 30 mins later than our 8am schedule and it was cold but dry.
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