2018 HAL World Cruise
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Niue is an island nation associated with New Zealand. The people here are extremely private and independent. When Captain Cook arrived in 1774, he received a less than cordial greeting and named the island not after England’s Prince Frederick as he originally intended, but “Savage Island” instead to reflect his impression of these descendants from Tonga and Samoa who had lived here for over 800 years. The unflattering name stuck for nearly 100 years. Then, from 1846 to 1900 Niue was administered by missionaries. In 1901 it was taken over by Britain and handed over to New Zealand. Niue became a sovereign nation in 1974. Today, it is a highly religious country and for that reason, our ship needed special permissions to dock on a Sunday. Normally, all businesses would be closed on Sunday but today a restaurant and the tourist information office opened in the afternoon for those of our passengers who were still on shore. We consider it an honor to have had the opportunity to visit here!
Now a few sea days and then our New Zealand adventures begin in Auckland.