At the conclusion of a 15-night voyage from Sydney, Australia, I disembarked Silver Shadow today in Auckland, New Zealand — for about four hours. Then I went back on board. I am doing one of my favorite cruise activities — cruising back-to-back.
The great thing about doing a back-to-back cruise is that when everyone else is checking out, you can sleep in, relax, stroll about the ship, like you own it.
That’s what one woman said to me at about 11 a.m. when all passengers had disembarked Silver Shadow. “It’s like having our own private yacht,” she said, as she and her husband enjoyed the view of the Auckland skyline from the aft outdoor seating area just outside the Panorama Lounge. Services went largely uninterrupted, and for the dozen or so of us doing two voyages in succession, the transition from one cruise to the next could not have been easier.
The next journey promises to be an especially enriching one, as we’ll be joined by some exceptional people who have come aboard as part of the Silver Perspectives program. Joining us (and presenting) on the 19-night journey from Auckland to Freemantle (Perth), Australia:
Maggie Beer: On Australia’s ABC television network, this self-taught cook and champion of traditional cooking methods co-hosted the popular cooking program The Cook and the Chef with Simon Bryant, head chef for the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide. She has written several books about food and in 2001 was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through cooking and writing.
Terry Waite: As envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Terry Waite successfully negotiated the release of hostages in Iran and Libya during the 1980s. In 1987, negotiating the release of hostages in Beirut, Waite was himself taken hostage and held in captivity for 1,763 days. Waite will also be on the February 23 voyage from Freemantle to Singapore.
We will be repeating a few destinations, which is fine with me, because there were other shore excursions I wanted to do. With several days at sea interspersed between, here’s our itinerary between now and disembarkation on February 23, when unfortunately, I must finally leave Silver Shadow. But that’s nearly three weeks down the road. For now, it’s time to prepare for the sail-away. All aboard tonight, at 10:30 p.m.
Auckland, New Zealand
Napier, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Picton, New Zealand
Melbourne, Australia (overnight)
Port Lincoln, Australia
Fremantle (Perth), Australia
Missed our coverage of the first voyage? It’s all here.