Saturday, 17 November 2012
17.11.2012 - 17.11.2012
Got up this morning to find us alongside in Auckland. The morning dawned to a leaden overcast sky and by the time the sun made a feeble attempt to brighten the sky it had started to rain.
A light breakfast and we went ashore into a rain threatening Auckland CBD. We noticed the HAL vessel "Amsterdam" has berthed at the secondary pier. She looks a classy ship. Our first mission was to find some cheap long pants for me, I hadn't packed enough and the one pair I have don't fit. Of all places, right in the CBD we found a Warehouse which had a reasonable range and only a block from the ship.
We spent some time working out a possible bus route to Mt Eden in case the weather improves tomorrow, then beat a hasty retreat back to the ship before the rain belted down.
Lunch and any idea that we might venture ashore again is washed away by continued and steady rain. Jenny nodded off to catch up on sleep lost overnight and some vague notion that she might attend a late show tonight.
As the grey wet afternoon continued we spent our time in the cabin dozing and occasionally watching TV, this despite our intention to watch TV.
The dinner in the dining room was as good as always with Cedric and Naik taking very good care of us. Naik, the assistant waiter, is so very shy and he has the most captivating smile. He's going ashore tonight when he finishes his shift and was clearly excited.
Tonight's show was a varied performance of local Maori singing and dancing. The performance was enhanced by a narrator who explained the meaning behind the moves.
Unusually for us we attended the 'Late Night Show' which featured a hypnotist Dominic De Carlo. Parts of it were very funny and he appeared to have the volunteers completely under his spell. It was just before midnight when we made it back to the cabin.