Cruising from the city centre

Last updated 16:00 16/05/2012
Andrew Lennox Cruiseabout
MED HEAD: Andrew Lennox never tires of Italy.

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Andrew Lennox leads the team at the newly opened Cruiseabout Wellington store.

How often do you get away?

I try to get away at least five times per year, even if it is just for a quick weekend in Melbourne.

Where was your first trip?

A day trip to Picton with my grandfather. I was so excited to be going on a ship to the South Island.

Why do you travel - business or pleasure?

A mixture of both, but the most exciting trips are definitely for pleasure. Those are the trips that I look forward to and fondly remember when I return.

What is your favourite destination overseas?

Italy. I never tire of exploring all the ancient cities and, of course, I love the food, wine, and laidback approach.

And in New Zealand?

Napier. The city has really put itself on the tourist map with loads of lovely wineries, restaurants and friendly locals.

Best trip ever?

Antarctica. This was the most significant trip of my life and I am planning a return trip there soon.

Worst?

The trips I never got to go on - you only regret the things you don't achieve.

If you could be anywhere but here, where would that be?

I would be on a cruise ship, sailing away to a new and exotic destination.

What is the wildest sight you've witnessed while travelling?

I was in Berlin for New Year's Eve in 1989 just after the Berlin Wall came down. We were sitting around a bonfire in no-man's land, drinking schnapps with the newly liberated East Berliners. It is hard to describe how moving it was to witness the people and the emotions that were finally set free that night.

The most heartbreaking?

When I escorted a true friend's body back to his family in South Africa for his funeral. Life has its moments, but it was a privilege to take that final journey together.

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