I've just spent a day with Kate, a beautiful and charming lady and daughter of my dear friends Pat and Dave on Lewis. She was in Napier on board the Crystal Serenity, a luxurious cruise ship. Now a cruise is about the last sort of holiday that I would choose and I found the experience of being shown round quite bizarre. However if I ever were to go on a cruise I'd love to be able to afford that sort of cruise.
After I'd been shown around Kate and I went to lunch. I had intended to go to the Black Barn winery but when we got there we discovered that they don't serve lunch on Tuesday. However the nearby Te Mata Cheese Company do a splendid lunch and we enjoyed a splendid cheese platter. I discovered that, despite the top class restaurants on board, American cruise liners do not consider fine cheeses a priority so Kate was well pleased. On second thoughts I'll definitely give the cruise a miss. No proper cheese! I don't think so.
The only irritation of the day is that the brilliant sun and 30 deg temperatures of yesterday were replaced by grey skies with some drizzle and a cool 22 deg.
|Deck 6 - where it all happens|
|No. It's not a London Club. It's a cruise liner bar|
|The retail experience|
|The centre of things|
|This is huge and very popular. I just can't believe it.|
|The larger of the two theatres|
|From the top of that hill it seems much bigger than it seems from this deck|
|The library - part of it anyway|
|Just another restaurant - heaven knows how many there are, I suppose someone has taken an inventory of them.|
|Under the grey Napier sky|
|The Palm Court Deck|
|The Reception Area|