Sunday, February 25, 2018

Day 10 - Sun Feb 25, 2018 (Nelson, New Zealand) - Crystal Symphony - Sydney to Tahiti

Day 10 – Nelson, New Zealand, Feb 25, 2018

This is a maiden call for Crystal Cruises at Nelson.  It is a town of approximately 51,000. It is known to be the sunniest spot in NZ.  It has a large community of working artists, craftspeople and authors.  There are many galleries, boutiques, studios and workshops.  It is a beautiful town, with pedestrian only walkways, hanging baskets of flowers and a wonderful garden.

We walked along the Riverside Walkway to Queen’s Gardens.  The Garden was built to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.  The Gardens are inspired by a Victorian park and very lovely.  There are very diverse plants and trees and beautiful blooming flowers.

The walk along the river to the Queen's Gardens was really nice. 

The Queen's Gardens.

We walked through the city. It had about 4 square blocks of shops and restaurants and cafes. On a Sunday morning the restaurants were abuzz with activity. Trafalgar Street was blocked off in part to create a wonderful pedestrian area.

We proceeded to the Anglican Cathedral.  With it being Sunday, we had a quick peek from the open doors, we didn’t go inside as we didn’t want to disturb the worshippers.

Who doesn't love a good gargoyle. 

A visit to the Nelson Sunday Market ended our visit to Nelson.  It is a large flea market and quite a popular place – very crowded.

Back onboard we had lunch in the Waterside Dining Room instead of our usual The Marketplace buffet.  It was leisurely and quite nice.  Julie had the Rock Shrimp Appetizer and Salad Nicoise, while Bob had the Pasta Fagioli Soup and the Spanakopita Pie.

The afternoon was spent catching up on our blog and email for both of us.

We stopped in the Crystal Cove for a glass of wine which we took out on the Promenade Deck to watch the sailaway from Nelson.  Louis sang a few minutes before 6:00 pm.

Dinner was in the Waterside Dining Room.  While we sat there, the tug boat that was "protecting" the ship got hammered with huge swells.

A view from the dining room of the area surrounding Nelson - more trees here than in previous ports.
Julie had Mushroom Essence Soup and the Salad Entrée – Sauteed Tiger Prawns with Black Beans, Avocado, Citrus Fruit and Crisp Tortilla.

Bob had the Mixed Garden Greens, appetizer portion of Mafaldine Pasta (chicken Bolognese, Mushrooms) and for his Entrée Boeuf Bourguignonne, perfectly braised beef in a rich red wine sauce. 

Bob forgot to take a picture of the pasta appetizer. So, this is what was left - an indent of the bowl.

The beef was so tender, but it was a lot of food, unlike most meals which have small, wonderful portion sizes.

The entertainment was a British comedian – Jo Little.  Her jokes were very dry and very British and we left early for the movie.

We went to the Oscar nominated movie “The Shape of Water.”  We decided it was a great time to see it, prior to the Academy Awards.  Both of us are not quite sure what to think of it.  It was interesting, but the premise was strange.

Today’s walking was 7.19 miles, 17,302 steps, and 39 flights of stairs.


  1. You are a third of the way into your cruise, right? 10 of 30? What has your favorite meal been so far?


  2. Hi Dennis,
    I'd probably say our first meal in Prego for me (our favorite mush soup and lasagna). Julie said that her favorite was the John Dory and Crab cakes.