2013 3rd Segment

Long Beach, California, USA

We arrived back in the port of San Pedro  (LA) , California on March 12, 2013. We spent the day in Long Beach, where we toured the Queen Mary, which is now a museum and hotel. The ship was in service from 1936 to 1967. The ship was quite large, 106 feet wide and 996 feet long with 8 decks and the engine room to explore. This took us most of the morning and part of the afternoon. We  then took the free red passport bus over to the Boardwalk. We walked around the area and out to the Lions Site Lighthouse where we had another view of the Queen Mary across the harbor. In the evening we left San...

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Maui, Hawaii, USA

The Island of Maui in Hawaii was our port of call on March 7, 2013. We docked in Kahului in the commercial port. From our cabin we had a nice view of Kahului Harbor and the West Maui Mountains. Today we traveled to the Iao Valley State Park to see the Iao Needle, a lava remnant that rises 1,200 feet above the valley floor. On this site was also where King Kamehameha destroyed the Maui Army to unite Hawaii. We than proceeded across the Island, between the West Maui Mountains and the Haleakala Crater, to the southern shore and the town of  Lahaina, an old whaling village that now houses many...

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Hawaii, Hawaii

On March 6,2013, we arrived in Hilo on the island of Hawaii, USA. We went to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to visit the Kilauea Volcano area, where we first visited the Jaggar Museum to get an overview of the area and its history. At the museum area we could see the caldera of  Kilauea, and views of Mauna Loa. There was also a distant view of Mauna Kea, these are the three major volcanoes that make up the island of Hawaii. From the museum area we went to the Steam Vents, which are cracks in the earth where steam escapes. We then had a chance to walk through a Lava Tube, a tunnel that...

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

On March 1, 2013 we awoke anchored in the Bay of of Povai looking at Mt. Pahia in Bora Bora. We took a tour around the island with Tupuna Safari, which included both roads on the coastline and off road trails up to scenic overlooks. Our first stop was up to one of the WWII Gun Emplacements, where we had views of the surrounding area including our ship anchored in the bay. We then went to Matira and up to a lookout where we saw Pointe Matira. We then went back down the hill to The Farm where they farm the black pearl that French Polynesia is famous for. Continuing on we went around the island...

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Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

On February 28, 2013 we arrived in Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, on the largest of its islands, Tahiti. We toured the east coast of the island, stopping first at  Point Venus, the first landing place of the first European discovers. On this site was Tahiti’s only lighthouse. From there we traveled to the Blowhole Arahoho where the sea carved a opening in the rocks and waves erupt through the hole. We then proceeded inland to the Faaurumai Waterfalls. Our last stop was as the James Norman Hall Museum, the author of “Mutiny on the Bounty”. After returning to the...

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Wellington, New Zealand

Our final stop in New Zealand was the Capitol City of Wellington on February 23, 2013. Today we spent the morning taking a 4 wheel drive “Seal Coast Safari”. We boarded a 9 passenger 4X4 Toyota Land Cruiser and traveled through Wellington and proceeded up  to the ridge behind the town where we stopped for a panoramic view of the city. We continued over the ridge and down the other side to the coast. We then traveled along the rugged coast to Tongue Point and the Leaning Lighthouse, where we stopped at the fur seal colony. We then returned back to the ship via the coastline. In...

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