Friday, November 11, 2011

Back to the beginning.........

This is where the sub-Antarctic journey started.................


Flying into New Zealand's North Island


Auckland, New Zealand - sailing away at sunset


First evening on the M/V Orion waiting to sail out of Auckland


Our fabulous warm expedition jackets were waiting - I even started to enjoy wearing red after the first day!!!


Being upgraded to the Owner's Suite was a special treat - such an awesome cabin with every comfort, including................


 ...........a large marble bathroom with sunken tub/shower and such special little extras such as a magnifying mirror. Easy to see that this ship is owned/designed by a woman, yeah!








Pedra Brancha, Tasman Sea


Everything in this lovely suite was comfy and perfect.  On the rough days as we rocked and rolled through some heaving seas, I was thrown around bit, but survived even a bad fall when thrown across Paula's bed onto the floor where I hit my head!


This was an awesome voyage .....more later.
I'm in Brisbane, Australia today and all I can say is that this is a trip of a lifetime!


17 comments:

  1. Awesome! Can't wait to see more. Upgraded to the "Owner's Cabin"? Lucky girls! :)

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  2. You had such a nice room! I didn't realize they could be this large! And the bathroom sounds terrific! Sorry about the rough seas and your accident. That really would have frightened me, but then again I am not crazy about the open sea!!

    The picture of Auckland in the evening is beautiful. It looks like a postcard!

    XO,
    Jane

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  3. Wow! How fun to travel in such style! I'm glad you weren't hurt in your fall. Enjoy the remainder of your trip! Blessings and hugs, Pamela

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  4. Lovely pictures, hope you did not see stars when you hit your head. What a fabulous bathroom too lucky you.

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  5. I just knew you would have the very best accomodations!
    What luxury, and that bathroom is amazing.
    Glad you survived the tempestuous seas.

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  6. We told you NOT to fall Miss Mary! What are you doing launching yourself across the cabin??

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  7. Mary, This looks like such an amazing trip! I have never seen a bathroom as nice as that one on a ship.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  8. My goodness Mary the Orion looks out of this world!
    So pleased you are enjoying your trip of a lifetime :o)
    Hugs
    Rose H
    x

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  9. You girls are having way too much fun! Being tossed about and wearing red, enjoying a fab bathroom, can't wait to hear more!
    Take Care,
    Ulrike

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  10. How fabulous! Owner's cabin? Lucky you. Can hardly wait to hear more.

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  11. Wow, Mary! This is indeed an awesome voyage and getting upgraded doesn't hurt either. Beautiful! Oh, Auckland - it has been too many years since I have been there.

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  12. Your suite on the ship looks fantastic but I'm afraid even all that luxury would compensate me for rough seas - I am not numbered among the world's great sailors! So glad that you having a wonderful trip.

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  13. Welcome to Qld, I am just north of you on the Sunshine Coast. I hope you enjoy your time here as much as you are loving everything else. Sounds like a fabulous trip, I am green with envy.
    Cheers, Kerrie :)

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  14. Okay, I am pea green with envy... but I could never take a trip like that. I wouldn't be 'thrown around'... I'd be throwing up.

    It is so much fun to enjoy your journey. Have a blast!!

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  15. What a wonderful cabin, so posh, and a wonderful journey. But that's quite a sea running at Pedra Brancha, so no wonder you got tossed about somewhat. Looking forward to more pictures.

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  16. Looks like you had top of the line accomodations! The beauty of New Zealand is unbelievable. I'm sorry Larry and I didn't visit there when we went to Australia. We opted for French Polynesia instead.

    You look terrific!

    xo
    Deborah

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  17. That top photo is incredible. How amazing that would be to see that upon ones descent. Thank you for posting!

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