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Saturday’s scene: finding paradise on Iles de Pins

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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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Beach scene at Pago Pago, American Samoa

Saturday’s scene: Pago Pago beach

Beach scene at Pago Pago, American Samoa

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

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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

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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

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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

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?

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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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Cruising to Nuku Hiva

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Updated 03.01.2015 Have you been to Nuku Hiva? Nuka whatta? Part of the Marquesas Islands group in the South Pacific, this is not your typical island in French Polynesia. Instead of resorts with over-the-water-bungalows and broad beaches, baby boomers will find a rugged landscape with horses roaming free and a definite off-the-beaten-path feel. Most baby […]

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Breaking for Spring

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The sun is shining and the birds seem to be twittering, “It’s time for a Spring Break.” College students head to sun-baked beaches while families take time out for a spring adventure at Disney or perhaps one last skiing trip. Baby boomers don’t want to be left out. So where do we travel on spring break? […]

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