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Round 1 | Islands and their Capitals
The objective was to guess the island nation and then name the capital city.
Q It has a north and south, but no middle earth
A New Zealand, Wellington is the capital
Q While anyone who’s a fan of Attenborough might recall this island nation’s name when speaking of unique and endemic life, anyone with kids might hear its name and think, "I like to move it, move it."
A Madagascar, Antananarivo
Q This island has had a few names in past. Although it might be most famous for its tea today, in past it was said to be so welcoming that among former names it became associated with serendipity.
A Sri Lanka, Colombo
Q This island nation enjoys a widely celebrated and colourful celebration known locally as sakura, and which was scheduled to start only yesterday [19 March 2020].
A Japan, Tokyo
Q This Spanish colony is made up of several thousand islands. Some of its largest cultural or economic exports is nursing.
A Philippines, Manila
Round 2 | Name the Cruise Line
The objective was to guess the name of the cruise line.
Q This cruise line will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2023, although the name has been slightly adapted through the ages to its rather recognizable name today.
A Holland America Line (formerly the Netherlands-American Steamship Company, founded in 1873).
Q An industry newcomer in 2020, their ships haven’t yet hosted guests. However, you’ll recognize the personality behind the brand instantly in both travel and music, among other interests. The two ships announced so far are Scarlet and Valiant.
A Virgin Voyages
Q While we might all see some colourful ships these days, this cruise line actually had to get special permission to paint their lifeboats yellow, to match their colour scheme, instead of the traditional regulation orange.
A Disney Cruise Line
Q Another newcomer to the cruise industry in 2020, a brand typically associated with highly rated hotels. Their currently planned vessel was renamed late in the 2019 season to a Greek word meaning discovery.
A Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection [Evrima formerly Azora].
Q Another historic line, with an origin story steeped in mail contracts. It was first organized as the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, which would evolve to host some of the world's largest ocean liner ships. Hint, ocean liners over cruise liners.
A Cunard Line
Round 3 | Waterfalls of the World
The objective was to guess the waterfall's name and list the country in which it is found, based on a description of its qualities or hints about neighbouring geographic or political features.
Q The first of several waterfalls on our question sheet which lie between two countries, separating them or splitting the in two. This one, however, is itself split in two by another famous piece of geography: Goat Island.
A Niagara Falls, Canada or United States of America
Q This waterfall also sits on the border between two countries. On one side, they speak Spanish, on the other, Portuguese. It's said that upon laying eyes on the falls herself, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt proclaimed, "poor Niagara!"
A Iguazu Falls, Argentina or Brazil
Q The world's highest uninterrupted waterfall does not bisect any nation nor represent the border between two or more nations.
A Angel Falls, Venezuela
Q This fall of water does again mark the border between two countries, and represents the world's largest curtain of falling water at over 1,700m (more than a mile!) in width. Local dialects translate the name to The Smoke which Thunders or the Boiling Waters.
A Victoria Falls, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
Q In the local tongue, the name of these falls means Golden Falls. It has featured in a number of modern or pop culture segments including music and film, but perhaps most well known recently for Game of Thrones.