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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Tahiti to Peru Day 9, Sunday, March 10th

This morning we arrived at Pitcan Island.

Today we slept in a little, not ordering coffee until7:30 am. It is rainy and generally nasty.
The ship tossed around all night due to he large wind driven swells. Today the inhabatents of Pitcairn are boarding the ship because our tendercraft is to large to enter their port.

We had our breakfast in the Grand Dining room. I’ve taken to having eggs, Frenched lamb chopps, and a fresh fruit plate for breakfast. I’m going to miss eating like the “rich and famous” when we leave the ship and have to pay for our food!

The Pitcarin are a group of four islands that form a British Overseas territory. The residents are known as the home of the desendants of the mutineers of the Bounty and Tahitans who accompanied them. There are currently only 38 residents of the island, mostly women. The islands populationt varies as people come and go via ships that visit the island. Most inhabitants are decendants of four origional mutineer families: Christian, Warren, Young, and Brown. The island is the least populated island in the world.

It’s not talked about but sometime in recient history, children were removed from the island due to sexual abuse. There are currently only three children, all girls living on the island. The age of consent on the island is 12 years old.

There was a craft market place held on the ship to allow the Pitcarin people to sell their wares. All matter of handicrafts from dyed tee shirts to wooden carvings were sold.

These crafts are the residents sole source of personal income. Their existence is dependent on the EU which supports the island. BREXIT will most likely cause them to loose all other subsistence unless Britain picks up the difference.

After lunch, we attended a lecture and question & answer secession presented by a resident from Pitcairn island. At the conclusion of the lecture I returned to work on my blog.

Dinner was at the Grand Dining room where Babs had her only bad meal, chicken in coconut ginger milk.

Tomorrow we sail toward the Easter Islands. The sea is rocking and rolling again.

The  captain has hinted that we probably won’t be able to enter the port.
Babs Says: Do they have flush toilets on Pitcairn? It takes a special type (or insane) person to live on an island so cut off from the rest of the world.

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Tahiti to Peru Day 8, Saturday, March 9th

Today is another day at sea. Nothing unusual going on today. We are literally in the middle of nowhere! there is nothing to see. No ships, no islands and worst of all the internet has gone from spotty to non existent!

Tonight we ate dinner at Red Ginger which on other cruises has been my least favorite venue. This cruise it redeemed itself!

Tomorrow we arrive at Pitcairn Island.

Babs Says: Does anyone know what time it really is. Hopefully it will help ease jet lag coming home. is. Setting clocks ahead 2 nights in a row and another change coming tomorrow.

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Tahiti to Peru Day 7, Friday, March 8th

Today we’ll be cruising the south pacific. We stayed up late to watch a musical production of show tunes done by the cruise’s performers. We also took advantage of no shore excursions to sleep-in and have our morning coffee delivered late.

We had a leisurely breakfast in the Grand dining room. Babs almost always orders scrambled eggs.

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After breakfast Babs went to another cooking demonstration and then a lecture  regarding Octopus in the wild and how they produce. Did I mention that it appears that the average age of the cruisers is probably around 70 and that a very large segment of the cruisers are LGBT folks? And no I’m not.

The scenery doesn’t change except from cloudy and windy to rainy and windy. As of now, the ship is rocking and rolling day and night. Fortunately, the wait staff at the grill and buffet quickly offer to assist us old people carry their plates. Most of the time I’m like an errant bowling ball!

We ate lunch at Waves Grill. Dinner was in the Grand dining room.

Here’s a sampling of our scenery for today!

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Tomorrow, more cruising!

Babs Says: Frank Spadaro said it correctly when he observed that we are in a wet desert-no birds, no flora, no fist-just vast nothingness.

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Tahiti to Peru Day 6, Thursday, March 7th

This morning we arrived a Fakarava, French Polynesia at around 8 am. The sun had been up and the humidity was brutal due to rain showers earlier in the morning.

Many of the trees on the island, like these near an old lighthouse and historic coral church, are permanently bent away from the prevailing wind.

After breakfast, we headed down to the area that the tenders depart. Because there are steep steps down to the tender, the crew uses an elevator to help guest  with mobility issues  access the tender level more safely.  I had the misfortune of being on that elevator when there was a malfunction and it stopped short of the deck surface. When the operator tried to get the elevator to finish it’s decent, it would not move either up or down. The real misfortune was that I was trapped for about ten minutes with a screaming, hysterical woman who was trying to break out the elevators glass door. once we were safely ejected from the elevator, she asked to see everyone but the President!

The beach was about a half mile or so down a dirt road. The farther down the road, the better the beaches. Unfortunately the sun and humidity were brutal. The meager amount of shade on the way to the beach was provided by an old mango tree and an even older coconut tree which shed coconuts at inopportune times.

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Once reaching the first beach, we decided that it would have to do! Babs went swimming in the “bath tub” temperature water and I soaked my feet while watching Babs. My balance hasn’t fully recovered since my right knee was replaced last July and since falling in Iceland in October I’m overly cautious.

After about an hour, we were on our way back to the ship.

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By now it was past lunch time so we grabbed a burger at the Waves Grill which serves made to order burgers which are delicious!

After lunch, I headed back to our stateroom and took a nap!

We had dinner reservations at the Polo Grill. We had a great table at the stern of the ship which offered a grand view of the sunset.  I think my 18 ounce rib eye steak which melted in my mouth was the best choice this dinner!

After dinner Babs, Tinker, and Vidal, went to the cocktail lounge for a night-cap and I opted out and returned to our stateroom.

Tomorrow, more cruising.

Babs Says: My skin should be looking beautiful and my body should be feeling great since sweat has cleansed out all the impurities. Just wish the sweat could Wash out the fat just as easily.

 

 

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Tahiti to Peru Day 5, Wednesday, March 6th

Today we are cruising toward Fakarava, French Polynesia. We awoke later today because there are no scheduled events that we planned to attend. We ate breakfast in the Grand Dining room and afterward Babs went to a cooking demonstration. I tried to sign on the internet but the system was down, so I went to our stateroom watched the various news  programs.

At least the seas were calm and the water crystal blue. When I got bored with the news I sat on our balcony until time for lunch. We ate at the buffet which had a Polynesian theme.

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Sleep, eat, sleep, no wonder I’ve gained  weight!

Tonight we had a little get together in Tinker and Vidal’s stateroom before dining at Jacques.

Tomorrow we will arrive at Fakarava Island, French Polynesia.

Babs Say’s: Wonderful to be on a ship in the middle of the ocean and attend a private cocktail hour hosted by Tinker and Vidal. Champagne, cheese, bread, nuts.Fun.

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