Sunrise over Bay of Islands, then a Dolphin watch cruise

Sunrise over Bay of Islands as we sailed into the Bay, followed by a dolphin watch cruise

Swimming pools, spas and solarium

Spoilt for choice with an outdoor swimming and spas, an indoor pool, again with spas and a glassed in solarium with numerous spas, and drinks and coffee available there was no reason to be stressed

First Drinks, Sydney to New Zealand, Sydney Harbour

watching the traffic, including a magnificent tall ship on Sydney Harbour, passing below the magnificent Coathanger, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the magnificent sails of the Opera House on Bennelong Point. Standing on the outside deck with our first drinks, waiting for our adventure to begin

Dodgem Cars on board Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean, Cruise Sydney to New Zealand

who had the most fun at the dodgem car rink, the guys trying to ram each other and chase each other around the ring or the girls watching them from the sidelines.

Yellow Waters, Kakadu National Park, NT, wildlife cruise at sunset

We saw numerous salt water crocodiles, some extremely close to our cruise runabout. The bird life was prolific with ducks, egrets, eagles, hawks and the most exciting for me was being up close to the jabiru. The birds and the reptiles seemed to be able to live in harmony, or maybe the large “salties” were not hungry