Day 1, Sunday, Jan 30, Embark Crystal Serenity

Trip Start Jan 26, 2011
Trip End Feb 13, 2011

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Flag of French Polynesia  , Society Islands,
Sunday, January 30, 2011

I rose about 5:15 and continued preparation for transfer to the ship and took my morning walk near the hotel about 7.

My transfer to the Serenity was scheduled for 11AM.  I arrived at the ship about 11:10 and was told checkin had not yet started, then "step on board, give your passport to the front desk, complete registration after lunch, and your room is ready.  A security officer looked at my documents, radioed the front desk, and sent me onward.  I was in my room about 11:20.  As is my custom, I got a sandwich at the Trident Grill, then went down to the dining room for soup and vegitables.  After completing registration, I walked around town a bit (most everything was closed), and had my computer set up for the ship's internet.  I briefly interrupted unpacking for the elegant tea in Palm Court, and Pastor Ed Voosen presented a Protestant service with Communion at 4:30, followed by the lifeboat drill.

Dinner was at 6PM with a diverse group of 8 people.  We have 3 Canadians, a Brit, and 4 Americans, 3 are doing the full world cruise, and 2 of us just got on board today.  I had a lovely veal dish with chicken broth, pasta, vegitables, and ice cream.  We had a very high-energy dance performance by "O Tahiti", a local dance group.  At one point each dancer brought a passenger "partner" up on stage making a very interesting mix of dance styles.

Louis sang promptly at nine (for those less familiar with Crystal, our standard sailaway song is "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong).

As today's parting shot, Keith has mentioned in his blog today that things here are "Hot, Hot, Hot".  I do not really do well in hot weather.  Tahiti is a beautiful place, one I am very pleased to have finally experienced, but for me a place best experienced in small doses.


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