|I was honoured to be one of only 70 or so of the 3200 passengers on board invited to view the transit of the sound from the helipad on the bow of the ship.|
|The captain on the bridge.|
Lunch during the Thompson Sound transit.
I enjoyed an excellent lunch in the Italian themed speciality restaurant at the stern of the ship, during the passage through Thompson Sound.
|The view from my table.|
|One of the ship's seamen raising the Maltese ensign.|
|A rainy morning arrival.|
|Alongside the wood chip berth.|
|A sunny day at last! Entering the beautiful Akaroa harbour.|
|Ship's tenders at Akaroa wharf.|
|Diamond Princess already alongside when we arrived.|
|Picton ferries at their Wellington terminal.|
|Diamond Princess sailed at 6pm for Akaroa - we sailed at 7pm for Tauranga.|