Since the land tour a couple of weeks ago, we’ve been surrounded by people who are coughing and sneezing. On the land tour we both fought off the cold that was traveling around. Now, the ship is the same way. I’m dosing myself with lots of Vitamin C to fight this thing off. Still, the show must go on and that means we’ve got an excursion in Napier.
Napier was a complete surprise to us. We’d heard about the Art Deco buildings in Napier, but it wasn’t until we saw almost the entire downtown done up in this style that we grasped the significance. This town of about 57,000 people is one of those places with an ambience all its own.
The gem was the Hawkes Bay Express train ride. This is really more of a tram ride, but the entire tram is done us like an old steam train. It’s a perfect complement to Napier and its Art Deco style. All-in-all, it was a terrific day ashore!
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