25 November 2019
Today marked the first of our destination days as we sailed into Fiordland National Park and spent the day cruising amongst the various sounds. At times when we headed out to sea it was a little rough but I understand from others that we were lucky to enter Milford Sound first, followed by Thomson Sound which led to Doubtful Sound and then Dusky Sound just to name a few of them.
Fiordland National Park is located in the southwest corner of South Island of New Zealand. It is NZ’s biggest of a total of 14 national parks. It has total area of approximately 12500 km2 and is administered by NZ’s Department of Conservation. National Park rangers boarded the ship and gave a commentary through the morning.
We woke about 7am to see land from our cabin window and quickly ate our room service tea and croissants to get up on deck and take it all in. We had jumpers on which were not enough as it was very cold and windy but at least the sun was shining. We lasted about an hour before retreating for warmer clothes, beanies and gloves and then spent some more time on deck after breakfast.
Throughout the morning we meandered through the Sounds and I’ll left the photos do the talking.
We stopped for lunch at Crown Grill which was serving an English pub style lunch today so we enjoyed Steak and Kidney Pies with chips followed by Bread and Butter Pudding. Through the afternoon we caught up on a couple of the port lectures, did some washing, played more trivia and then watched a concert starring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. We stayed on deck for some simple pizza slices for dinner with a glass of wine followed by the Movie Under the Stars which was Upsize.
An early night as we have a full day in Dunedin tomorrow.