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Standing Ovation from the Land Down Under - New Zealand 11 Nights Feb. 2, 2020

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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.

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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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Hello. My name is Heather D. My husband and I were on this same cruise. We absolutely loved it. Would you be willing to send me the two times lapses you have of Doubtful and Milford Sound. Your video and pictures are amazing. 
 

Sincerely,

Heather D. 

 

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