Day 23 – 27th January 2020, Bay of Islands

32 Waitangi Treaty Grounds NZ flag

New Zealand Flag

Having finally crossed the vast Pacific Ocean, this morning we arrive in Bay of Islands, New Zealand, a country where we visit 7 ports in the next 8 days. It also includes overnight in Auckland.

I spent almost a week in the Bay of Islands on my first trip to sea, way back in 1975, so I have eagerly awaited this port, to see the changes in 45 years. Great start to the day, capturing my first sunrise, as we sailed into the bay.

Today is another private tour visiting Haruku Falls, Kerikeri, Russell and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Read on for lots of photos and a description of this great day of touring.

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Day 22 – 26th January 2020, Cruising S_Pacific

 

Judi on Balcony 5

Our final sea day, before we arrive in the magnificent Bay of Islands, New Zealand tomorrow morning. It has certainly been heavily biased towards sea days, with about 18 of the first 22 days being at sea. Only goes to prove, the Pacific is a huge ocean.

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Day 21 – 25th January 2020, Cruising S_Pacific

Viking Sun alongside Nukualofa 2

Having completed our final South Pacific island, we are now steaming towards New Zealand, where we have 8 port days in a row, including an overnight in Auckland. Today is the first of 2 sea days, before arrival in the magnificent Bay of Islands.

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Day 20 – 24th January 2020, Fiji Tour

14 Our boat heading up through the rapids

Tour – Navua Village River Tour

  • Type – Ship’s optional tour
  • Name – Navua Village River Tour
  • Summary – 1 hour bus to the Navua River, where you board a long boat for a lively high speed cruise to the waterfall, which is an interesting 10-15 min hike. Returning down river, you visit a local village for Kava Ceremony, cultural performance & lunch.

Read on for a detailed description and photos of this excellent tour.

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Day 20 – 24th January 2020, Alongside Suva, Fiji

03 First lines ashore in Suva

Today had a little of everything, being a combination of port day and sea day. We arrived in Suva, shortly before 07:00, departing the ship shortly thereafter and were on the bus before 07:30. After an action packed tour we returned to the ship seconds before the all aboard time, as the ship sailed for New Zealand at 14:00.

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Day 19 – 23rd January 2020, Cruising South Pacific

Viking Sun Flag State Ensign

Another sea day routine, as we steamed at a very sedate 11 kts across the South Pacific between Tonga and Fiji. Today we had a lecture on ocean liners of the past and an excellent evening show, which was a tribute to Karen Carpenter.

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Day 18 – 22nd January 2020, Tonga Tour

28 West coast blowholes 5

Today is the first of our private tours, which I researched extensively. The ship’s tours were all shorter and focussed on one specific area, but we wanted more of an overall tour around the entire island.

We booked a 6-hour tour of the island with “Toni’s Tour” and he definitely didn’t disappoint. OMG, in 8.5 hrs we almost saw the entire island. Yes, we started at 08:00 and he returned us to the ship at 16:30.

Read on for today’s tour report and photos.

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Day 17 – 21st January 2020, Arr Nuku’alofa Tonga

Afternoon tea and scone

Afternoon Tea with Fruit Scone, jam and cream

Today the weather abated significantly, but we are still at the edge of a Cat 3 Tropical Revolving Storm (Cyclone), so the ship is still rolling & pitching somewhat. We arrived in Nuku’alofa Tonga just after Noon, for an overnight stay.

With only a couple of days to organise, the ship did an excellent job arranging a fleet of shuttle buses to a local resort and an onboard performance from a local troupe.

Read on for photos of the performance, walk around Nuku’alofa and afternoon tea.

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