We sailed into Papeete at 6:30 am and what a difference from where we have been. There are tall(ish) buildings and traffic at 6:30 am! We had an early tour of the West shore of Tahiti, which took us to a museum, a botanical garden and a sacred temple. It was fine, but the most beautiful thing we saw today was the tour guide, who was quite exquisite. In retrospect, to make the most of Tahiti, we should have picked either a water tour or a tour that took us into the mountains. Next time... After the tour we went to a local brew pub then walked around the shopping district of Papeete, especially enjoying the many pearl shops, fabric shops and the local market. Then back to the ship for FPA time. The ship was docked til 8:30, which allowed them to throw an elaborate "grand barbecue and dance party" on the pool deck. What a blast, with the band playing, singers singing rock and roll and everyone, including dancers, guests, the Captain and the ship's adorable doctor dancing the night away. It was so special even the GM was taking pictures!
Day 35. Bora Bora. 85, partly cloudy.
There is no way to describe this! Bora Bora is beyond anything imaginable in beauty.... the colors of the water, the colors of the lush vegetation, the beaches, mountains..it's just indescribable. We did make the most of out time here with a land tour all morning and a water tour all afternoon. Th land tour was in an open bus and we circumnavigated the main island, stopping at 8 locations along the way.
Day 36. At Sea. 84, partly cloudy, seas 7'.
Back to our "at Sea" routine. The morning lecture was the history of New Zealand. As an aside, going to all of these lectures certainly has been very important for our understanding and appreciation of the places we have been. After the lecture, it's the noontime game, today an individual card game, which D & D both won. Lunch with an assortment of Bloody Mary's, Salty Dogs and Margaritas. Early FPA, afternoon technology lecture on making slideshows,