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We are still in Papeete and finally I get to spend time off of the ship! Well first let me tell you about the morning. At 8:30am we hear "For exercise, for exercise, man overboard" which means this is just a man overboard drill. But Natalie and I woke up immediately. She got out of bed and started putting on her uniform. I sat in bed wondering if we had to do anything for this drill. There are so many different drills and emergency scenarios that it is hard to keep them ...
So this morning I woke up bright and early at
got down to the gangway by 7:45 with my radio and smiling face. It is turn
around day which means this twelve day cruise is over and the passengers head
off the ship and tonight the new cruise starts and new passengers come onboard.
My job this morning was to literally stand there and say goodbye to the
passengers leaving the ship. To be “the last face they see”. Well there were
two Tahitian women handing ...
It sure was good to get off the ship again, even if it was 10,30am It allowed Gene and me to go to trrvia first, and thankfully we did well with our team.
We had made a plan the night before to go with Margie and Gene in a rental car to explore.
So armed with our day packs ever hopeful that we might be able to swim somewhere, we disembarked and made our way in a taxi to the airport to collect our rental car.
... I’m sure we were a sight with our lily-white skin among all these dark-skinned, well-toned bodies as we hotfooted it across the sand to the water’s edge!On the return trip, our guide took us outside the reef where he could increase speed. I ...
Papeete is much nicer than it could be. A port town with no beach and a hub for all French Polynesian transport links. I visited a temporary fair called Made In Fenua which celebrated all things homemade and was a riot of bright fabrics and pearls. I also took a mooch around the permanent central market in town. Both were utterly overwhelming having come from Fiji and, prior to that, New ...