Tahiti to Peru Day 16, Sunday, March 17th

We were up at 6:30am and had coffee n our stateroom. After breakfast at the Terrace Buffet we returned in to our stateroom where I began to pack my suitcase. Babs went to a lecture on boobie and friget birds then returned to read.

Lunch was also at the Terrace Buffet with Irish fare because it is St. Patrick’s day. We ate corned beef and cabbage, lamb stew, and soda bread.

Returning to our state room we finished packing because our bags need to be out in the corridor for pick-up by 10pm. One good thing about packing this time is that we don’t have the worry about distributing weight because tomorrow we are not traveling by air!

At 5pm we met in our stateroom for “happy hour”. We finished our bottle of champagne and a bottle of white wine furnished by Tinker & Vidal, accompanied with spring rolls, a cheese tray, and crackers.

Our final dinner together was in the Grand Dining room where we posed for a photo with our favorite maitre d’.

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After returning to our stateroom we put our suitcases out for pick-up. Haven gotten ready for bed, Babs readied to enjoy her last Manhattan on our veranda in style! A girl can never be sure who she’ll see.

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Tonight will be our 11th straight night at sea without setting foot on land. For my part, that is way too much time rocking and rolling to and froe. It is also noteworthy that except for the ship at Pitcairn Island and ship and jet at Easter Island, I did not see another ship nor plane since leaving Fakarava. That leaves one with an odd feeling.

My travel tip is: if one wants to be sure after spending a lot of cash that they will see Easter Island, take a plane!

Tomorrow we will arrive in Lima and begin another phase of our journey.

Babs Says:Enjoyed my last crème brulee until we cruise again.

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Tahiti to Peru Day 15, Saturday, March 16th

Today we were up at 6:30am and had coffee in our stateroom. We were told the closer we got to land the more the swells would subside. Wrong again! Seems as though the seas are rougher.

We dressed and went down to the Grand Dining room for breakfast. Babs had her western omelet and I had fried eggs with lamb chops. Afterwards I retrieved my netbook and headed up to the computer lab. Babs went to an Asian cooking demonstration.

Both Babs and I had no luck. The computer conductivity was non existent and the Asian chef from the Red Ginger specialty restaurant, burnt his pan!

Lunch was hamburgers at the Waves Grill.

Babs went to an exciting llama/ sloth lecture and I went to our stateroom to watch the television news channels.

Dinner was at the Polo Grill where Babs had the lobster and I the rib eye steak.

After dinner we went to the bar with Tinker and Vidal for a cocktail. As soon as we sat down the bartender handed me a “no dog”.

Tomorrow our last day at sea!

Babs Says: I can understand why sailors of old got in fights, drank too much grog, and went raving mad. 12 days of not stepping on land, fish, or birds, (and they had horrible food, no TV, or other entertainment) is driving me stir crazy!

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Tahiti to Peru Day 14, Friday, March 15th

This morning we had coffee  in the room and watched the swells rock the ship. Today the Grand Ding room opened at 10am because there was a brunch from 10am t0 1pm.

We went down at 10am and there were only a few people there so Babs went around the various stations to take pictures. In addition to the food displays there were ice carvings done by the staff.

Babs ordered crepes and I ordered pooched eggs. I considered ordering soft boiled eggs again but thought better of it!

 

After brunch Babs went to hear a talk on whales. I returned to our stateroom to watch the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. When Babs returned we went to the buffet and ate a light lunch.

There was a contest to see who could make the best boat from things found around the  ship. Some pretty ingenious boats were made. The rules said that they must float. Unfortunately the pool was to rough to reasonably expect them to float.

Before dinner we all went to the Horizons Lounge for 2 for 1 drinks and hear one of the entertainers from the ships musical performers.

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Dinner was in the Grand Dining room. Babs had crab cake ( not nearly as good as those I make). However her shrimp wrapped in zucchini was good. My choice was Cornish hen in cracker crust. It was nothing to write home about.

After dinner we just returned to our stateroom. When we turned on the news we were shocked with the New Zealand mosque massacre.  😦

Tomorrow more of the same!

Babs Says: It always amazes me how the food at extravagant buffets (ice carvings, floral arrangements, artistic food arrangements) never tastes as good as it looks.

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Tahiti to Peru Day 13, Thursday, March 14th

Today we ate breakfast in the Grand Dining room. After breakfast Babs went to a lecture on whales and I went to the computer lab to work on my blog. However, after about a half hour of trying to connect I realized that it was a fruitless exercise and gave up the ghost.

After returning my netbook to our stateroom, I put on my swim trunks and went up to the pool deck. In an effort o keep the guests occupied there were a whole host of activities going on in the form of games. There was a putting contest, corn hole, ring toss, ping-pong, and tennis ball toss into the pool. Each participant played against a crew member. Everyone, participant or observer, had a good time even  though it was very windy..

I opted to soak in a hot hub and then lounge in a recliner!

While Babs and Kitty observed the festivities from the track deck.

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We had lunch at the Terrace buffet and then about 2pm went down to the Marina  Lounge to watch the movie Green Book complete with popcorn. The move, a recent Academy Award winner was very entertaining and a good way to pass the afternoon.

Before dinner we went to the bar with Tinker and Vidal where Babs had her before dinner Manhattan. I don’t drink alcohol so I enjoyed a non-alcoholic Salty Dog, which the bartender called a “no dog”.

We met Frank and Kitty at the Polo Grill specialty restaurant where we had an excellent dinner. Babs had Caesars salad made table side and I had Waldorf salad.

We both had oysters Rockefeller as an appetizer.

Babs had a fillet, I had 32oz bone-in prime rib.

 

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Today it  was partly cloudy and in the 70’s. tomorrow is supposed to be more of the same, water and all!

Babs Says: Craziness was trying to putt on a rocking, rolling ship with high wind gusts.

 

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Tahiti to Peru Day 12, Wednesday, March 13th

We woke up early today in anticipation of exploring Easter Island. We had bagels and coffee in our stateroom. It was barely daybreak but we thought that the swells had decreased enough to launch the tenders.

We were to board our tender at 8:15am but at 8am the Captain came on the announcement system and said that the harbor was closed and he would try the other side of the island. That side was to rough also and we returned to our original position. Where a cargo ship was anchored to wait out the adverse conditions so it could enter the harbor.

It became apparent that the Captain knew in advance that we wouldn’t be able to enter the harbor and this was just an exercise to appease the many disappointed passengers.

After an hour of continuing the charade the Captain said that we would circumnavigate the island and see if some of the Moai could be spotted. We saw many of the Moai, 15 to 20, but most were to far away to get a decent photo because I did not have a telephoto lens.

We continued around the island while we ate lunch on  the outside terrace of the buffet. where Babs noted her distress at not exploring the island and a close up view of the Moai.

After cruising around the island we headed out to continue our journey to Peru. Babs and I returned to our stateroom and watched  the movie The Favorite.

We ate dinner in the buffet which had lobster as one of the choice of entrées. I ate my fill! After going with Babs to the bar, we called it a night.

Tomorrow, more days at sea, rocking and rolling!

Babs Says: So disappointed. I really wanted to check out the Moai and form my own opinion of how they were moved- logs & rope or aliens. At least the sun was shining today. The bright spot of a disappointing day. Saw Moai from a distance. Looked like chess pieces.

 

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Tahiti to Peru Day 11, Tuesday, March 12th

We were up at 6:45am. After our daily coffee in our stateroom watching a beautiful sunrise.

As you can see from our veranda, it’s still rocking and rolling!

We ate alone in the Grand Dining room. My cousin Frank is still nursing a cold and doesn’t want to spread the germs. Babs had an egg dish with Spanish sauce and I had soft boiled eggs accompanied with lamb chops.

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Can someone tell me how to correctly eat one?

In the morning there is a lot of well appointed places to walk. This lounge is just outside the Grand Dining room.

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After breakfast, we started a load of wash. Babs  waited to load the dryer and then went to a cooking demonstration. My contribution was to unloaded the dryer and folded the clothes, the majority of which were mine.

The demonstration Babs went to was a French cuisine cooking demonstration.

Returning  from the demonstration Babs read a while and then was off to a lecture on  Area 51. The lecture was right down Babs alley being that she is really into Aliens!

Lunch was Mexican at the buffet.

Later that afternoon, Babs, Tinker and Vidal went Captain’s reception with 600 of their now closest friends. All of whom were vying for a free glass or two of champagne.

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We met for dinner at the Toscano, one of the ships specialty restaurants. Babs said the calamari was good but her veal marsala entre was just okay. My veal chop was very large, perfectly cooked, tender and without the sauce and mushrooms, almost absent of taste! Kitty had the whole lobster dish that I had the first night.

This might be the only time of  a day that our corridor is void of any traffic!

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This is the third day in a row we have set our clocks forward before retiring!

Tomorrow we will be at Easter Island and end our five day streak of not setting foot on land. To do so, the seas will have to calm substantially. At least it was sunny and warm, 78 degrees today.

Babs Says: Interesting 2 lectures today-Easter Island and Area 51. One common theme-aliens from outer space. Both speakers deny the existence of these “visitors”.

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Tahiti to Peru Day 10, Monday, March 11th

No reason to hurry so slept until 7am. After having coffee in our stateroom we went to the Grand ding room. The food on Oceania is a notch above other cruise lines. Fried eggs, broiled lamb chops and a fresh fruit plate has become my breakfast “go to” choice.

Next came an previously unannounced life boat drill. The crew had drilled the previous day. With all the rocking and rolling, one had to wonder if it was actually a drill.

I worked on my blog as long as the internet held out. Reception was spotty, as we are literally in the middle of nowhere. We had been told that there probably would be no internet until about two days after Easter Island because our course will take us between two “cones of service”, what ever that means. After a couple of hours of trying to upload photographs, I gave up.

We ate lunch at the Waves Café where I had my usual “Texan” burger, Medium rare burger, bacon, L&T, and covered in BBQ sauce. Add French fries and then ice cream. It doesn’t get much better than this!

After lunch it was to cloudy and windy for laying out on the deck.

I went to our stateroom and watched Mutiny on the Bounty on our TV.  Babs elected to attend a lecture on Easter Island’s Moai which was presented by one of   the islands residents. He ended his presentation saying that he hoped that the seas calmed down, “so he could get home”.

Dinner tonight was once again I the Grand Dining room. The parsnip soup was memorable.

After dinner Babs, Tinker, and Vidal went to the bar for an after dinner drink. I went along because the night before some guy sat down at the bar and tried to “hit on her” which made her uncomfortable. It’s just a hazard of looking younger than her age!

Tomorrow, more “rock and rolling” at sea, steaming toward Easter Island.

Babs Says: Beep, Beep, Beep, Beep,Beep, Beep,Beep, Beeeeeeep! Grab the life vest and head to the life boats.

PS: My Cannon camera’s battery went dead at Bora Bora while on the glass bottom boat ride. My computer accepts a mini SD card and the camera a regular SD card.  Because of that, I couldn’t upload the pictures to my blog. I am now at home, so I am sharing you some pictures of Bora Bora’s coral and fish from that excursion.

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