Peace & quiet


Hollywood Pool Club – I took these pictures during our time at anchor just off Santorini in Greece. The bulk of the passengers were still ashore so Maureen & I had the place mainly to ourselves. If you look closely at the green figures above, you can see someone hiding as I took the picture.

DSC08678rQuiet and peaceful and only at night does it come alive as a nightclub. The roof over the pool keeps the temperature steady, regardless of the outside temperature.

DSC08679rIn addition to the swimming pool there are hot tubs, and quiet spots over looking the ocean.

DSC08681r Peace & quiet

DSC08682rThere is also a bar, but most people just sat & read during the day.


If you wish to watch TV in a quiet private alcove – you are able to pull a curtain over to make it more private.
Picture below is the other end of the same private alcove.



Maureen tried different sized xylophones to practise her musical talent.



Being tone deaf, I was more interested in a game of chess.


Cane basket chairs and a good book . . .

DSC08692rOr one could sit just outside to add to the suntan – waiter service for a cold beer, I didn’t want to break out in to a sweat after all . . .

DSC08556rFor those who trusted the ‘see through’ floors (decks) on the Skywalk, you could watch the water flow under your feet. Your brain told you that it would be safe, but many still walked with one foot on each side of the reinforced glass area.




The main pool area was always popular, and during an Australian sporting match that was broadcast via satellite from Australia, many passengers just floated in the pool with drinks in hand, and watched & listened to the large screen broadcast. For such a large screen I didn’t notice any problems due to sunlight or distortion. Obviously the sound was quite loud, but once we moved from the pool area it fell away and didn’t bother us.


Being a shore day the pool was relatively empty.

DSC09248rWhen we sailed close to the Indian coast, on our way to Cochin (Kochi), we experienced a heavy downpour, due to it being the monsoon season, which cleared everyone from the pool area.
Odd really that people left the pool because they were getting wet due to the rain . . . :-o)


Sky Tower


Sky Tower, Auckland.
Picture from the web

328 metres (1,076 feet) high – the tallest free standing structure in the southern hemisphere. The Observation platform is on level 51 at 186 metres, and above this level is the Skydeck at level 60 – The Sugar Club level 53, and orbit dining at level 52.
The cost at NZ$23 per person was much cheaper than the rate to visit the Dubai tower, which was hundreds of dollars.


The fast ride to the top of the Auckland tower did not cause my ears to ‘pop’ nor did I have to yawn. In the corner of the lift they had a glass panel where you could watch street level fall away as we sped to the 51 st floor.

dsc07690rI used the zoom on my camera to take our ship alongside, so the zoom has negated the height.


dsc07698r Sample views from various windows.


Auckland bridge off which you can bungee jump. It is illegal to jump off the Sydney Harbour bridge, with or without an elastic band tied to your body.

Had to use the zoom to get the above photograph of Mt Wellington Park (the green bit in the middle). Maureen and I last visited this park in 1966 when I was 3rd Mate on a ship trading around the NZ coast to / from Calcutta in India.
Maureen flew from the UK to Melbourne for a holiday (she worked for BOAC), and then flew over to Auckland to see me for two days while we worked cargo.
It took me some time to locate the park from the tower, even with help of the small maps indicating various places of interest.
We married in 1969 and yesterday (22nd Feb) celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary, so I had to find Wellington Park!


The church and the gardens seemed to make a nice picture, but now I can’t remember the name of the area.


Anybody for a game of Scalextric – if you can remember this toy you’re older than I thought  . .

dsc07713rI took many more pictures, but the above are just a few samples, the green tinge is due to the filter on the windows.

They also use the tower for bungee jumping, called Skyjump , and you can walk around the tower on the outside secured to the building with a harness, called Skywalk  – we didn’t do either. Check the Skywalk link, and then remember they paid for the privilege.

dsc07696rThe view down to where the bungee jumper lands.


The jumpers jump from above the observation area and as you see we all had our cameras ready, and even though we had a countdown from 4 minutes, the jumper passed the window so fast I couldn’t press the camera button face enough.

This was as close as I was willing to go to experience bungee jumping in Auckland.


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