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Robert Mills Cruise of
My Mum, Shirley Mills, as well as my
My Mum, Shirley Mills, as well as my Grandmother,Nora Brinkman, decided to take me on a two week Christmas & New Year cruise on the Chandris liner Patris sailing from
We were due to depart on Sunday December 20,
and I recall that we arrived at
Like most on board, we all looked up as we
passed under the
Robert seen up on Games Deck
Christmas Eve party in the Ball Room
Having enjoyed our shipboard days and on board
parties up in the lounge with the band playing at night, soon enough we arrived
A choppy Milford Sound, with ice capped mountains high up in the distance as well as a waterfall
I noted as we rounded the southern tip of
Over looking the ships bow as we arrive in Timaru
The next day we arrived at the northern tip of
the South Island and sailed through the beautiful
Another bow shot, this time arriving in beautiful Picton
From Picton we made the short crossing to the
North Island and
Here we see part of the Wahine bow, a tragic
reminder of what happened in
Next and final port was
As for the experience on board I recall the fellow passengers, the parties and the never ending food. The pool was always fun especially when the ship was moving through a swell. Also I enjoyed playing ping pong during our sea days, but this was not always easy whilst the seas were choppy, but made it a whole lot more fun for me!
Upon boarding I recall my Mother, or Grandmother making a comment about the condition of the bathrooms, as it appeared that they had not been properly cleaned by the time the ship was ready to depart Sydney, and I recall that the ship did appear to be a little worn and perhaps she was showing her age a little by 1970. But the cruise was most memorable for so many reasons, including the fact that we made some fine new friends on this cruise, friends that we still keep contact with forty years later.
That’s me sitting poolside about to go in; obviously we loved the pool, especially when there were waves!
My Grandmother Nora enjoying life up on deck near the pool
I clearly recall the farewell party was held
the night before arriving back in
This is our waiter Con, besides serving great food he as a person made our cruise!
The next day we arrived in
But, there was something awaiting every
passenger, something none of us know about, but very soon would! It turned out
that the wharfies had decided to go on strike, thus the ship could not be
berthed and had to remain at anchor in the harbour. All passengers were slowly
offloaded together with their luggage onto the ships lifeboats and taken to
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