January - April 2014
  • Day1

    Southampton

    January 4, 2014 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    We arrived at the Mayfair Terminal in good time to join our ship, Aurora, to start our round the world cruise. We were not looking forward to the start of the journey as the weather was predicted to be awful. In fact, the Captain announced that, instead of heading for the Azores, we would sail to La Coruna in N Spain and head for Antigua from there.Read more

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  • Day3

    La Coruna, N Spain

    January 6, 2014 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    We were very relieved to arrive at this Spanish port and we spent a good day wandering around this pleasant town and along the seafront to the Pillars of Hercules monument. The weather was surprisingly mild and we enjoyed a coffee or two sitting in an outside bar.

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    St John's Antigua

    January 13, 2014 in Antigua and Barbuda ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    After sailing through some pretty stormy seas after leaving La Coruna, by the time we sailed just south of the Azores, the weather had improved significantly and we were able to wander around the ship and attempt to find our sea legs. We arrived in Antigua to clear and sunny weather and a temperature of 25 degrees, expected to rise to 29 degrees. We found a taxi and headed off to Dickenson Bay and spent a good few hours swimming and just relaxing. We thought we would never get here. The taxi ride cost US$24 return and well worth it.Read more

  • Day12

    Oranjestad, Aruba

    January 15, 2014 in Aruba ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    The temp. was 26 degrees and rising to 30. We met up with some people we had met on board and shared a taxi to Eagle Beach, costing US$15 one way for the four of us. The beach was stunning and surprisingly uncrowded. We then headed back into town and wandered around Oranjestad. Strange place. Very 'Disneyesque'. Ornate and colourful buildings. We met an American in a bar who had just arrived on the 'Crown Princess', having departed from Fort Lauderdale for a week's cruise. We wished each other 'bon voyage'.Read more

  • Day14

    Panama Canal

    January 17, 2014 in Panama ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    We arrived at the entrance to the canal at 5.30am but most people were up and on deck to witness the ship's transit all the way through. We arrived at the first set of locks, the Gatun locks, at 7.30am. There was only two feet of clearance on either side of the ship. An engineering marvel. We sailed through the Gatun lake and through more locks until we finally entered the Pacific Ocean after about eight hours. An impressive sight of Panama City in the distance.Read more

  • Day16

    San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    January 19, 2014 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    After just one day of sailing, we arrived at this Nicaraguan seaside resort. It was hot, 32 degrees, with calm seas. It was a lovely approach to the bay and the town with a statue of Christ perched on top of the hill and which dominated the town. A small band played 'samba' music as we disembarked the tender and beautifully dressed dancers danced for us. It was a lovely welcome. We had a beer in a local bar and managed to Skype home. It was a colourful town, a mixture of the ramshackle and ornate, tired but evocative of a bygone age.Read more

  • Day22

    San Francisco, USA

    January 25, 2014 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    It took five to six days of good sailing before we reached San Francisco and we arrived on a flawless morning. Chilly but a beautiful blue sky and sunshine. We were all on deck to witness the ship sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, a tremendous sight. We passed Alcatraz on the port side and docked close to Fisherman's Wharf. Immigration formalities delayed our disembarkation but as soon as we were allowed to leave the ship, we walked to Fisherman's Wharf and to Pier 39, home to the sea lions. We caught up with our friends, Pamela and Peter and had a clam chowder with beer in one of the seafood restaurants.

    The following day we caught the Hyde/Powell cable car to Union Square, visited Macy's and then headed off to Chinatown. It was the Chinese New Year and the area was crowded but vibrant and colourful and we took in all the smells and the sights. We wanted to climb Coit Tower for the views but, regrettably, it was closed for renovations.
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  • Day28

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    January 31, 2014 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    24C when we arrived and the sun was shining. We decided to take the open topped red city tour bus, costing US$25 each but is an excellent way of seeing all the highlights in one go. We hopped off the bus at Waikiki Beach and strolled along the long promenade, passing the statue of Duke Kahanamoku, a Hawaiian Olympic surfing champion. The water was 26C and the beach was busy. We caught the bus again, passing the statue of King Kamehameha, the founder of modern Hawaii, the Iolani Palace, Chinatown and the Aloha Tower.Read more

  • Day33

    Pago Pago, Tutuila, American Samoa

    February 5, 2014 in American Samoa ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    The sail in was beautiful, steeply rising hills covered in dense vegetation and very photogenic. 28C and a beautiful blue sky. We joined a group of fellow passengers and hired a bus, converted from an old red lorry and toured the southern part of the island, visiting his own house and '2 Dollar Beach, where we stopped for drinks and relaxation. The driver, an ex rugby player, was very friendly and happy to talk about anything to do with his beautiful island.Read more

  • Day36

    Nuku'Alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga

    February 8, 2014 in Tonga ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    27C at 7am. We disembarked to the sound of the Tongan Police Band playing a selection of music for us. Terrific. We took a tour to Pangaimotu Island, a short boat ride from the town, for swimming and snorkelling and then walked around the island. It took about thirty minutes only. We had a drink in the beach bar before heading back to the town by boat. Not too much to see in the town, except the royal palace, but everybody was so friendly and welcoming. We listened to the beach band again, who played "When will we see you again' as we departed. Very sad to leave.Read more