Friday, July 17, 2009

Papete Tahiti
Tuesday 14th
Another fine day at sea – finished the washing, always a queue, – tidied the rather small cabin – dinner and another show.

Wednesday 15 July
Well, something different today. Up early and had an early breakfast before the ship docked at Papeete, Tahiti. We had a tour booked to see a taste of Tahiti which was a little late getting away – island time!!! Papeete – forget it – it’s rather untidy – thank goodness the bus we did our tour on was air conditioned as it’s really hot and muggy. I must admit once out of town the scenery is rather idyllic if you don’t look to closely. We had a good tour guide who spoke good English and saw some really pretty beach spots and a very high water fall, along with some of the historical sites on the island. The traffic here is incredible, particularly at lunch time as everyone goes home for lunch and a siesta at midday and return at 2.00pm. There is actually as many cars as people on the island to give you some idea of the traffic jams, very few lights and many round-a-bouts. Pedestrians step onto the road to cross and stop the traffic, which is the rule. The people we spoke to are generally polite. I don’t think we have any wish to return but enjoyed the experience.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Monday 13th July
Much the same today as yesterday except I had a Nana Nap today instead of trivial pursuits and bridge. Had dinner and then a show with Donna Campbell the singer. She was very good. Just took some washing up to Laundromat. The next cruise we do with Princess Line will entitle us to a Black Card and that will entitle us to free laundry. We are still trying to sort out visas for India but managed to get our US visas via the internet today. They are the only two countries we need visas for. Well, back to the laundry to do the mundane chores. Tomorrow is another sea day.

Monday, July 13, 2009

We have Internet problems on the ship it works from the Satellite that is when the Satellite is there. There for the posting order is not always in the correct order!!??
E-mail services is working well!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lost Wednesday’s diary info for NZ

Thursday 9th and Thursday 9th

Yesterday was Thursday – a sea day. Spent eating, sleeping, walking, playing cards etc. Tonight night was a formal. In the lift a lady took a fancy to the GD’s bottom – every man in a black suite she must have thought she had hold of her husband but I was observing her hand and GD thought it was me. Amazing things can happen in lifts. The GD has also been stuck in one of the lifts a couple of times too. We’ll give that one a miss in future. Went to a show after dinner and then to the Wheelhouse Bar for a couple of drinks and a dance, then to the Upper lounge for a cuppa and a chat with a couple from our dining table before bed.
The second Thursday 9th spent much the same as the first one. We crossed the international date line last night, which is why we have had two Thursdays. Need to do the washing soon – running out of underwear. Went to trivial pursuits yesterday and today – lots of laughs. Doesn’t this all sound boring?
After dinner we couldn’t get into the show we wanted to as it was full so we decided it was time to do our washing. 1.5 hours later and it was all dry. Have to change our clocks again by one hour.

Friday 10th

Passed a few islands off Tonga this morning and then up to breakfast. Just had lunch and still lots of islands to portside. Just the usual bridge for me, computer for Jorgen and trivia before lunch. Had our Nana nap then went to the wine tasting. Some very nice wines presented including one of our favorites from WA, Brookland Valley Verse 1 Shiraz.

For those of you that is new to our “Block Spot”
Marcella is known as Gemini, and she refers to me as GD ie.,. her Great Dane

Sunday 12th July
We’ve been to a couple of top shows the past couple of nights, one of them a Polish piano player and the other one a variety show. Yesterday we were in Samoa we took a taxi into town and had him drive us to the places we needed to get stuff, like to the chemist and the post office etc., and then to Aggie Grey’s for lunch. After lunch we walked back to the ship. There was a bit of delay disembarking at Samoa as they don’t have any swine flu cases yet. We had to fill in a declaration that we had no symptoms and even with none of the symptoms mentioned on the form we still all had to have our temp taken. Of course we both passed and as far as I know there was no one who didn’t pass. It is very hot 30 degrees and humid, after our last port in NZ. Played trivia before dressing for dinner, then the show and then dancing under the stars on the top deck. It’s a lifestyle we could well get used to.