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South Pacific

Taking the Circle Tour in Papeete

March 4, 2015
The tropical view from Papeete, Tahiti

We should have listened when our travel advisor warned us about bus excursions in tropical climates like the South Pacific. She was right. Hot, humid weather and a crowded bus excursion are not a good mix. And this was certainly the case on a Papeete cruise excursion, “Tahiti’s Natural Treasures,” operated by Regent Seven Seas when […]

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Cruising the South Pacific again…and again…and agan

January 21, 2015

What is it about the South Pacific that calls our name? Could it be the warm, tropical waters and relaxing sea days? Or could it be the fun we have on favorite South Pacific cruise excursions like swimming with stingrays in French Polynesia? Whatever it is, Alan and I are answering the call — again. This […]

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Saturday’s scene: Paradise in the Moorea lagoon

March 24, 2013

Alan and I have cruised through the islands of Tahiti on two occasions. Each time, we were mesmerized by the deep blue colors, abundant sea life and soothing tropical water that is the Moorea lagoon. This photo is from our first trip when we were on a cruise excursion to swim with the stingrays. It […]

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Saturday’s scene: finding paradise on Iles de Pins

June 2, 2012

Updated 02.12.2013 Close your eyes. When I say, “think of a tropical paradise,” is this the scene that comes to mind? Alan and I discovered the idyllic beach setting on a cruise excursion when we sailed the South Pacific on Seabourn Odyssey. This tropical scene wasn’t visible when the ship anchored outside the reef at […]

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Saturday’s scene: Pago Pago beach

May 19, 2012

When cruise ships stop at Pago Pago, American Samoa, boomer travelers won’t find many excursions to choose from, especially if there is limited time in port. Tourism infrastructure on the South Pacific island is minimum, with even independent choices on the slim side. But that doesn’t mean you should hang around the port browsing the […]

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Snorkeling at Moon Reef on a private excursion in Fiji

May 8, 2012

Updated 03.01.2015 “We’ve booked a private cruise excursion to go snorkeling at Moon Reef when we dock in Suva, Fiji. There’s room in the minivan for two more. Would you like to go with us?” asked Randy, one of our new cruising friends on Seabourn Odyssey.  Of course Alan and I said yes to an […]

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Saturday’s scene: New Caledonia graffiti

February 18, 2012
south pacific art

Updated 03.01.2015 New Caledonia graffiti competes with art in a scene painted on the side of a theater building in Noumea. We discovered this artistic endeavor while on a cruise excursion with Seabourn Odyssey. Images and graffiti were not the only items painted on the building. An SOS in huge red letters decorated the top […]

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Saturday’s scene: beyond Sydney

February 3, 2012

A Sydney to Los Angeles cruise is next on our boomer travel schedule. Alan and I are boomers who can’t get enough of small ship cruising. After Virgin Australia whisks us across the Pacific, we’ll be ready to spend a couple of days exploring Sydney from our headquarters at the Four Seasons Sydney before cruising […]

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Suriving a cruise disaster

January 17, 2012

Avid boomer cruisers that we are, Alan and I are terribly saddened by the disaster on the Costa Concordia. We send our sympathies to the families of the deceased and also to the injured passengers and crew. It’s especially upsetting to learn that the this cruise disaster was caused by human error, according to news […]

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Saturday’s scene: Want to Race?

September 10, 2011

Do you think these boys in outrigger canoes are looking for a race in Bora Bora’s waters? What you can’t see from this photo is Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner anchored next to them. Visiting the South Pacific on a cruise is one of our favorite boomer travel experiences. We’ve sailed through this area twice, once […]

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