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‘That’ Transpacific Cruise, Part 2

It has to be said that our ships master, Captain P.J. Van Maurik worked tirelessly to get us into ports, as I know many people in Holland America Line were doing for us behind the scenes. After several days of negotiating with both the Cook Islands & Papette port authorities it was agreed that the… Continue reading ‘That’ Transpacific Cruise, Part 2

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’That’ Transpacific Cruise – Part 1

4 weeks on board the MS Maasdam during the global coronavirus pandemic. (PART 1) Despite the title of this blog, if I am completely honest I don’t think I ever really felt ‘stranded’ on the Maasdam because despite the emotional rollercoaster we have all been on during the past 4 weeks I feel that pretty… Continue reading ’That’ Transpacific Cruise – Part 1

Cruise Ports & Excursions

3 Cruise Ports in Fiji

Suva, Savusavu and Dravuni Island In light of current restrictions to cruise relating to Coronavirus, I am so grateful that all 3 islands that MS Maasdam was scheduled to call at allowed us entry. The islands may be poor in terms of wealth, but my goodness they are rich in hospitality, friendliness and smiles, not… Continue reading 3 Cruise Ports in Fiji

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Covid 19 – Stranded at sea

We are currently stuck on the Holland America Line cruise ship MS Maasdam in the middle of the South Pacific. Unfortunately however none of my blogs with any content or photos will currently upload with the poor wifi, so if anyone wants to follow our current “adventure” then please like our facebook page ‘Mums Travel… Continue reading Covid 19 – Stranded at sea

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Cruising and Coronavirus!

Last year we totally fell in love with Polynesia. This year we returned to do a similar but longer transpacific cruise, returning to some of the islands we loved and taking the opportunity to visit some completely new ones, including those of Fiji, Hawaii and Christmas Island. This 34 night cruise ‘should’ be the trip… Continue reading Cruising and Coronavirus!

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Bay of Islands – New Zealand

Bay of Islands is (as the name suggests) a Bay containing 144 small islands which lays off the far northern point of New Zealand. As well as being a spectacularly beautiful place to visit it is also steeped in both Maori and Colonial history. Captain Cook charted these islands when he sailed around them in… Continue reading Bay of Islands – New Zealand

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7 Days in Rotarua

7 Days in and around Rotarua and it still wasn’t long enough. Last year we were fortunate enough to enjoy a two week cruise around New Zealand aboard Royal Caribbean’s ‘Ovation it the seas’ and although as with any cruise you only basically get a few hours in each port, it was enough for us… Continue reading 7 Days in Rotarua

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Port of Tauranga – New Zealand

Regent Cruises ‘Seven Seas Mariner’ in the Port of Tauranga. February 2020 I admit that as a Brit, until Tauranga appeared on our New Zealand cruise itinerary last year I had never heard of it! Tauranga lies on the east coast of the north island and is the most fabulous place to visit. I am… Continue reading Port of Tauranga – New Zealand

Tours and Excursion

Railcruising in Rotorua

Well today we have had the most fabulous afternoon ‘railcruising‘ just above Rotorua, New Zealand. So I admit that until we drove past the signs for it yesterday I had never heard of railcruising either and I understand this is the only one of its kind in the world. The tour leaves from Mamaku station… Continue reading Railcruising in Rotorua

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11 Perfect days in Australia

Australia never fails to surprise or delight. It is understandable that 200 years ago the Aboriginals felt the land so sacred and in fact still do today. There truly is something spiritual & magical about Australia and I know I’m not alone in saying that. Whilst I have some special personal ties to Australia, I… Continue reading 11 Perfect days in Australia