Since we got back from our travels almost two months early on 30th March, life has been slightly surreal to say the least. We stepped out of a pretty normal life in Auckland on 1st March when we boarded the M.S. Maasdam cruise ship and 28 days later we stepped off into what felt like… Continue reading Life, Loss and Love during lockdown.
March Transpacific Cruise on the MS Maasdam When we sailed away from Raratonga in the Cook Islands in the early afternoon of 13th March with the ship now at just over half capacity we knew we now had a few sea days ahead with all the cancelled French Polynesian Ports but were still looking forward… Continue reading ‘That’ Transpacific Cruise. PART 3
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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