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Travel Blogs from Pago Pago
... to build a naval base here by the government of this island. Instead President John F Kennedy saw the need for tuna canneries and subsequently turned this place into a smelly inferno.
Within the last few years the canneries had to clean up their environmental act a bit and are no longer allowed to flush out the tuna slush directly into the bay. It gets filtered and trucked inland to a landfill somewhere.
The tsunami in 2009 has ...
... we would have moored so we cannot go there. This is not the way to see New Zealand as these stops are in cities. New Zealand is best seen via rental car over a span of a month with no real itinerary in mind save driving from the far north to the far south, staying in mom and pop motels each night along the way. We shall return to New Zealand to achieve that experience.
Then we gain a day re-crossing the International Date Line (experiencing ...
... br> with nothing more than your ship's ID card which doubles as one's door key. Only
later does one see that it is all neatly piled onto one's credit card.
So if one is going to survive on a luxuary cruise for 38 days without spending a ton of money,
one needs a plan of action or daily routine to follow and some sense of self
discipline to stick to it.
We awake everyday to coffee, juice and croissants delivered to our room at 7 AM.
We walked like zombies through the heat, with me hopping from shady spot to shady spot, convinced that I was already burning. We ducked into a few shopping malls, and then into the market in the town square, where fruit sellers had laid out bananas and coconuts. Also in the market I discovered clothes for about a quarter of what they were going for at the pier. Although there were no prices marked, and the first woman to approach me ...
... clean water, before paying guests we permitted to swim in it). The captain and senior officers attended the ceremony and not even King Neptune himself was immune from being tossed into the pool. Needless to say, the Captain was given a wide berth from marauding crew members.
The daily trivia quiz at 4 pm is part of our schedule and our 6 person team has been 2nd a few times. We have one very smart man on our team, from Cobble Hill, just north ...