2014 1st Segment

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

On January 29, 2014 we sailed into the lagoon in Bora Bora and dropped anchor. We had just been here in February of 2013 (see Bora Bora 2013), so we took in the town of Vaitape, which is where the ship’s tenders dock. As soon as we got off the tenders we were greeted by welcome singers on the pier in front of the craft market. The craft market featured shell jewelry and black pearls. Leaving the craft market, we proceeded to Main Street, passing some local produce vendors on our way to the Protestant church. We then turned around and went by some local souvenir and black pearl shops....

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Moorea, French Polynesia

After spending overnight in Papeete, we traveled a distance of 22 miles and anchored at Opunohu Bay at 7:00 AM in Moorea. To get on the island we had to take a 15 minute tender ride to shore and landed in Papetoai, where the octagonal Papetoai Temple is located. Once on shore we took a tour of the island with our first stop being Belvedere Lookout with views of the island, it’s mountains and the coast. We then proceeded to circumnavigate the island. On of our stops, Ia Ora viewpoint, we saw one of the iconic resorts with huts that are on stilts in the water.  From there we went to a...

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Papeete, Tahiti

On January 27, 2014 we docked in Papeete, Tahiti, the first of 3 islands in French Polynesia. Since we were here on February 28, 2013 (See: Papeete Tahiti in 2013), we decided to tour the town of Papeete, which is right outside the pier. When you leave the ship you are greeted by singers on the pier. When you leave the port there is a very nice welcome center and craft market, with local singers and dancers performing throughout the day. After leaving the welcome center we went to Le Marche, the municipal market. This market has crafts, flowers, produce, fish and meat and is always active....

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Pitcairn Island

After 2 days at sea and another 1,286 miles into the Pacific, Pitcairn Island appeared before us. Pitcairn is where the crew of the HMS Bounty took refuge after their mutiny and today the descendants of the mutineers inhabit the island. This remote island is only reachable by the sea, and receives a supply boat 4 times a year. The island is very rugged and can only be approached by low draft boats, thus 42 islanders, most of the total population, had to come to our ship by longboat. Once on board they set up tables around the pool to sell their crafts. Before leaving the vessel they loaded...

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Easter Island

We traveled west for 5 days to reach Easter Island, where the famous Moai statues are located. This remote Polynesian island lies 2,182 miles off the coast of Chile. We were up to see a magnificent sunrise, which would be the start to a truly glorious day. To get on Easter Island we boarded one of the ship’s tenders which took us to the town of Hanga Roa. We first went to Anakena Beach passing the volcanic island scenery on the way. At the beach we got our first look at Moai, Ahu Nau Nau (group of 7) and Ahu Ature Huki, the first one that had been restored. Our next stop was at Ahu...

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Lima, Peru (Day 2)

We stayed in Lima for two nights. On the night of Day 2 we decided to take in the Magic Water Circuit of Lima. This event takes place in Parque de la Reserva and involves 13 fountains that are illuminated and change colors. At 9:30 PM there is a 20 minute laser light show that combines movement, light, sound and images. (for a short clip of the show see the 3 minute movie below) On the way to and from the show we saw hustle and bustle of Lima at night. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture. Magic Fountains of Lima On the...

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