World cruise 2013
Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
33Trip End May 01, 2013
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The Island is about 45 square miles and has several names Easter Island came from its discovery in 1722 by Roggoveen a Dutch explorer, officially it is called Rapa Nui :"big Rapa. The Spanish name Isla de Pascua is also used . There are approximately 3000 residents, many working in military or government service. As in all South Pacific Islands volcanoes spawned this island and there are three on each point of the island.
The island Moai date back to 1000 years ago and were part of a religious cult being placed over ahu or burial chambers. The moai are from 20 feet to 40 feet tall and weigh several tons unfortunately the eyes are usually gone stolen by early explorers since they were made of obsidian. Some 600 of Easter Island’s famous statues have been resurrected. All have similar features the one difference is weather they were made by the long ears or the short ears. Two competing tribes who flourished at the cost of their land and this eventually caused their decline, and almost extinction. They cut all the trees down and could no longer retain the soil to grow food or build boats to fish off shore. The Bird Man cult was the last on the island and in the 1800’s the explorers said there were fewer that 1000 people on the island. Eventually overpopulation caused their decline something that we must think of in our world with the rapid growth in the world population
Well we arrived at 6AM and the seas are large with a strong off shore breeze and large swells so we hope that our shore excursion at 13:35 will not be cancelled. We had breakfast in the dinning room and heard over the loud speaker that they started to bring passengers ashore so we went to the Gym then showered. We picked up our tender tickets number 30 and had a little lunch. When we got to our room we heard they were canceling all shore excursions, there goes our chance to land on Easter Island and take lots of photos of the Moai. Next stop Pitcairn island two days away.
At dinner that night we heard that Dan our table mate was taken ashore and sent by ambulance to the hospital at Easter Island, he had a bad cough but it seemed to be better the last few nights. He had 2 daughters in Pittsburg, PA.. and hopefully they will either come down or see that he is transported home. We now get back to sea days which include going to mass at 8 AM followed by gym,and then breakfast, before going to the onboard activities which include lectures, cooking demonstrations, games ,cards and socializing, a very tough life. We also had a theme night about Pitcairn Island and a formal dinner to dress up in my tuxedo and Mary Ann's formal wear. Fortunately the McNultys made it to the island and they promised to give me their photos.The day we sighted Pitcairn Island we are told we won't meet the 53 islanders because of an outbreak of influenza and one third of the islanders are sick so we can only take pictures of the island and their inhabitants from a distance
The great thing about traveling by ship is that there is no fatigue due to jet lag, we set the clocks back one hour at a time so there is no real adjustment to make in your daily schedule. The many sea days are handled by going to mass every day, the gym, eating and going to the various lectures that interest us. Then there is the many people you meet while eating, going to the movies the gym and any place on board. Everyone has a story to tell and these all come out as the voyage unfolds.