CRUISE AROUND NEW ZEALAND: Cruising Through The Fjords

After four days with our friends in Sydney, during which we celebrated Australia Day on  26 January (sort of like our July 4, including fireworks), we boarded the Celebrity Solstice for a 12-day cruise around New Zealand. We spent a day in Hobart, Tasmania then crossed the Tasman Sea to New Zealand.

Celebrity Solstice--pic from viewpoint in Hobart, Tasmania...our stateroom was in the bow with a 180 degree view

Celebrity Solstice–pic from viewpoint in Hobart, Tasmania…our stateroom was in the stern with a 180 degree view

After two days at sea, part of which was very turbulent, we sailed into Fjordland and cruised through Milford, Dusky, and Doubtless Sounds–words can hardly describe their majesty, so here are some pictures, in the order listed above. Milford was the most majestic, made the ship seem to shrink to the size of a canoe; we spotted several waterfalls due to recent rains (actually, it rains significantly over 200 days a year there).

Going through the fjords was the focal point of taking the cruise, and we were not disappointed!

Entering Milford Sound--note the cloud in the left background, the waterfall in the right center, and the tiny dot in the center--that's a $400 million dollar yacht!

Entering Milford Sound–note the cloud in the left background, the waterfall in the right center, and the tiny dot in the center–that’s a $400 million dollar yacht!

$400M yacht owned by Russian billionaire who made his money in the vodka market--it has a helicopter, and a submarine on board along with all of the usual boat toys....I'll have a vodka tonic please....

$400M yacht owned by Russian billionaire who made his money in the vodka market–it has a helicopter, and a submarine on board along with all of the usual boat toys….I’ll have a vodka tonic please….

Entering Dusky Sound--this one was not as tall, but very green

Entering Dusky Sound–this one was not as tall, but very green

One of the many small green "islands" in Dusky Sound--note the little cloud, the sounds seem to generate them

One of the many small green “islands” in Dusky Sound–note the little cloud, the sounds seem to generate them

Departing Dusky Sound--one of the most amazing sights we've ever seen....

Departing Dusky Sound–one of the most amazing examples of Mother Nature’s might we’ve ever seen….

 

Entering Doubtful Sound--we decided to go up on deck to view this one....

Entering Doubtful Sound–we decided to go up on deck to view this one….

 

Viewing Doubtful Sound from the Sunset Deck

Viewing Doubtful Sound from the Sunset Deck

Perfect end to a perfect day--enjoying a glass of sparkling wine while watching another amazing sunset

Perfect end to a perfect day–enjoying a glass of sparkling wine while watching another amazing sunset

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