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This cruise was a pretty fantastic experience overall.  New Zealand is pretty amazing and every port was very welcoming.   Sydney was a great city to start from.  

A couple of days pre-cruise to adjust to local time was perfect.  In general terms I haven't found the time changes to be that hard on the system on either end.  The long flight helps the transition.  

I was able to use credit cards in most cases so there wasn't a need for a lot of cash.

Third time on Ovation.  I'm very comfortable with Quantum class and it was a good fit for this cruise and the environmentals around New Zealand.  Tendering wasn't an issue, they seem to have this down to a science on Ovation.  In fact they did a better job tendering on Ovation than Vision did on a recent cruise with a tender port.  

I booked this cruise for the ports of New Zealand yet the time in Fiordland was the highlight of the cruise.

This was a photo intensive cruise.  Picture stats: 4,828 pictures taken, 870 posted.  

I hope you enjoyed following along and I thank you for viewing.

PS - some menu pictures coming soon.

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

A couple of days pre-cruise to adjust to local time was perfect.  In general terms I haven't found the time changes to be that hard on the system on either end.  The long flight helps the transition.  

 

I fly about 6-8 roundtrips per year between North America and A/NZ, and the flight length definitely helps, and it's almost impossible to not get at least some sleep on a 13-17 hour flight. I'll get there early one morning, stay up until a normal bedtime that night, get a good nights sleep, and be just about completely adjusted by the time I wake up. 

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@twangster, I only just now was able to catch up on this live blog. Fantastic as always, the photos of the sounds in particular were amazing.

Nearly 3,000 photos taken, and nearly a third of those published here! I can't imagine the time it took to "triage", adjust and crop to satisfaction, and then upload all of those over VOOM. And then do the write-ups! I know you've got the editing part down to a routine science, but it still takes time and that's time away from your vacation. The lack of sea day pics makes me think you sacrificed a lot of your leisure time on board to take care of all that. It's really appreciated!!

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On 2/14/2020 at 6:22 AM, Sweety said:

Thank you for adding another cruise to my bucket list. Seriously, the blog and pictures were awesome.

I totally agree with you Sweety!  The Milford Sounds pics and the return to Sydney pics were my personal favs!  

I wish I had a better words than Thank you, Twangster Again! 

Safe Travels and Look forward to your next awesome adventure you take us all on!

Michelle

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On 2/14/2020 at 1:01 PM, twangster said:

Cruise Summary

This cruise was a pretty fantastic experience overall.  New Zealand is pretty amazing and every port was very welcoming.   Sydney was a great city to start from.  

A couple of days pre-cruise to adjust to local time was perfect.  In general terms I haven't found the time changes to be that hard on the system on either end.  The long flight helps the transition.  

I was able to use credit cards in most cases so there wasn't a need for a lot of cash.

Third time on Ovation.  I'm very comfortable with Quantum class and it was a good fit for this cruise and the environmentals around New Zealand.  Tendering wasn't an issue, they seem to have this down to a science on Ovation.  In fact they did a better job tendering on Ovation than Vision did on a recent cruise with a tender port.  

I booked this cruise for the ports of New Zealand yet the time in Fiordland was the highlight of the cruise.

This was a photo intensive cruise.  Picture stats: 4,828 pictures taken, 870 posted.  

I hope you enjoyed following along and I thank you for viewing.

PS - some menu pictures coming soon.

Hello. My name is Heather. My husband and I were on this same cruise. Your pictures are amazing. I was wondering how you would feel about sending me the time lapse video you took. It was so good. 
 

Sincerely, 

Heather D 

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On 11/14/2020 at 4:57 AM, danswansonn said:

how much did it cost?

There is no set price, it really depends on a number of factors such as cabin type, time of year and quite often if kids are in or out of school since seasonal demand plays a role in vacation pricing.   

On the main page of this site there is an area where you can request a quote from MEI Travel.  The best way to price a cruise that meets your needs is to get a quote from a travel agent.  

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