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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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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