Traveling From Wenatchee, WA To Auckland, New Zealand

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"I wish I was one of those people that can sleep anywhere... especially airplanes."
-Carol

My recent cruise came about as a result of one of my golfing friends receiving a "Sip & Sail" cruise offer in the mail.   Four of us were having lunch together last Spring and we decided to go for it.  There were 4 of us in the core group and we ended up with 10  ladies who went.  There were 9 widows and 1 divorcee. 

When we were sitting at that initial lunch we weren't thinking of the long flight and endless security checks involved in getting there.  I'm pleased there are security measures in place but to say it was a nuisance is an understatement! 

My first travel day started on Saturday, October 20th with getting up at 5 a.m. to finish last minute packing and get to the shuttle pick-up for our 3-hour ride from Wenatchee to the Seattle-Tacoma airport.  The primary photo above is 4 of us in Seattle, with our neck pillows, ready for the first flight leg of our trip.  After a short wait at Sea-Tac, we caught a 2-hour flight to San Francisco before connecting with the 13-hour flight to Auckland, New Zealand. San Francisco is where we ran into the first of many "over the top" security checks. 



After much ado, the long flight and
a 20-hour time difference, we arrived in Auckland at 7 a.m. on their Sunday.   We were scheduled to board the cruise ship the next morning. 




We were able to check into our hotel (Cordis) as soon as we arrived so that was a blessing. We all knew it wasn't going to be a good idea to take a nap so we met in the hotel lobby bar for a refreshment and talked about our plans for the day.  One of those Bloody Mary's has my name on it. The Bloody Mary's were $20 NZ, which computed to $14 U.S. It was a spendy treat but well worth it!

Even after getting very little sleep on the plane and being up for some 26 hours already, we needed to stay awake during the day so we could acclimate ourselves to our new time zone.  We were missing two of our group in this picture because they were trying to track down lost luggage.  Since we were scheduled to board the ship the following morning, it was imperative to track down the luggage asap.  Turns out the luggage for both ladies took a detour to Hong Kong and the likelihood of it arriving in time to get on the ship was in jeopardy.  It all did arrive about 1/2 hour before departure and all was well. 

After our refreshments, we walked down to the waterfront from our hotel and spent several hours at the pier near where our ship would be docked the next morning.  When I say we walked DOWN to the waterfront, I mean that very literally. It was a steep hill and we took a taxi back UP. 

We were ready for our cruise adventure.  Most of the ladies had been on cruises before. Some of them had been on lots of cruises.  In spite of my many travels, this was my first cruise.  I was ready for a new adventure.

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James Dray
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Morning Carol.

Waiting for more about your adventure. I'm sure, you have a lot more to tell us.

Nov 13, 2018 01:47 AM #1
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Sharon Lee
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A 20 hour time difference and a 13 hour flight . Oh my!. Look forward to hearing about more of the adventure.

Nov 13, 2018 03:16 AM #2
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Carol... that's one expensive Bloody Mary, if you ask me! Reading about your travel to your cruise has given me jet lag! But I'm so happy for you that you enjoyed your adventure.

Nov 13, 2018 03:25 AM #3
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Carol. Living in downtown Chicago, the price of your bloody mary does not surprise me. The thought of that much travel to get one has me suffering jet lag big time! Enjoy your day!

Nov 13, 2018 04:07 AM #4
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Candice A. Donofrio
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Oh! We get to hear about the trip! 👍💖😎I'm dealing with a company on the Gold Coast of Australia, 17 hr/next day time difference is a learning curve but the accents are divine!
And make that Bloody Maria correctly and I'll pay 14 bucks anytime!

Nov 13, 2018 04:18 AM #5
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Brian England
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Such a fun trip, I am glad you got to enjoy it with such great friends!  I see smiles in every picture!

Nov 13, 2018 04:39 AM #6
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Carol. I am really looking forward to sharing your adventures aboard the ship and places down under visited.

Nov 13, 2018 06:54 AM #7
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Carol Williams
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Hi James Dray ,
Yep... that was just the getting there part. 

Nov 13, 2018 07:59 AM #8
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Carol Williams
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Hi Sharon Lee ,
I actually had an easier time with the time difference going to than coming back home.

Nov 13, 2018 07:59 AM #9
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Carol Williams
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Hi Nina Hollander ,
Yes, we thought so too! 

Nov 13, 2018 08:00 AM #10
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Carol Williams
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Hi Wayne Martin ,
It was a small reward for our efforts to get to New Zealand.  Fortunately, our cruise included all food and drinks so I didn't have to think about the price once we boarded the ship. 

Nov 13, 2018 08:02 AM #11
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Carol Williams
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Hi Candice A. Donofrio ,
I love the accents too.  I had many Bloody Mary's on the ship but they were all included in the package price.  I have no idea what they would have cost. 

Nov 13, 2018 08:15 AM #12
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Carol Williams
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Hi Brian England ,
This is a smiling, laughing, group.  We had lots of fun.

Nov 13, 2018 08:15 AM #13
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Carol Williams
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Hi Sheila Anderson ,
I'm still working on sorting out pictures.  I hope to get to writing about the actual cruise soon. 

Nov 13, 2018 08:16 AM #14
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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I gotta hand ya the award for determination, Carol. Man, I would have been sound asleep standing up if I had been in your shoes. I'll sleep in hotel lobbies, anywhere.

Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip and the cruise down the coast of New Zealand!!!

When we go in 2020, we're flying from Hawaii. So the flight should not be so bad.

Nov 13, 2018 10:30 AM #15
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Carol,

Looking forward to hearing aboutt the rest of the trip...Loved the pictures of the happy group. A

Nov 13, 2018 01:34 PM #16
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Joe Pryor
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I have never been able to sleep on airplanes even when i deprive myself of sleep before traveling. Now I get a prescription for two sleeping pills to handle both directions.

Nov 13, 2018 06:03 PM #17
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I had to sleep in the Dallas airport one night.  Believe it or not, it wasn't as bad as I had feared.  But, I was really fortunate the next morning, because the plane was not full, and there were 2 seats next to me that were vacant.  I put those arm rests up, covered up with one of those throws, and went sound asleep until Sacramento.

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