Here we go again, another South Pacific Cruise. For the fifth time, Alan and I will be relaxing while cruising the South Pacific on a luxury ship in the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. Obviously, it’s our favorite itinerary. With lots of sea days, plenty of water adventures that boomers will love, and an itinerary that includes French Polynesia and Hawaii, can you blame us? Read more about our month in paradise cruising the South Pacific on Seabourn.
South Pacific Cruise Itinerary
With 17 days at sea, Alan and I will get our fill of watching sunsets from the balcony, lounging by the pool and dancing into the night. Oh, how we love sea days! And then there are the ports:
Taiohae, Nuku Hiva: years ago, we enjoyed a 4×4 tour of Nuku Hiva. Now, when we visit, Alan and I enjoy the opportunity to explore on our own, stretching our legs after 7 days at sea, if we’re arriving from the west coast of North America.
Fakarava, Tuamotu: A new port for us, Alan and I are on the wait list to snorkel the coral gardens. Do you book excursions ahead? We learned our lesson this time by not booking soon enough.
Avatoru, Raangiroa: Two years ago, I told you that Rangiroa snorkeling is the best. What will I think on a repeat of the experience? Stay tuned.
Moorea: As much as we enjoy swimming with Moorea’s stingrays, it’s time to try a new adventure. So we’ve booked a Seabourn photography excursion.
Papeete: Sojourn will be overnighting in French Polynesia’s main city, Papeete. Besides exploring on our own, Alan and I are looking forward to a sunset sail.
Bora Bora: Of course we can’t totally pass up the opportunity to swim with stingrays, which is why we’ve booked the Shark & Ray Encounter cruise excursion.
Tabuaeran Kiribati (Fanning Island): It’s always tricky for tenders to enter the waters of Kiribati. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that this Fanning Island cruise experience will happen. Although there are no cruise excursions, we enjoy browsing the craft fair that the islanders organize for visitors.
Kona, Hawaii: The Captain Zodiac Raft & Snorkel adventure is so much fun that we’re repeating this cruise excursion.
Manele Bay, Lanai: Will this be the time Alan and I finally experience the caviar at sea extravaganza that Seabourn is known for. Keeping our fingers crossed big time!
Nawiliwili, Kauai: On our first visit to Waimea Canyon, mist spoiled the photos. Alan’s hoping that a second visit will provide clear skies and scenic views.
Lahiana, Maui: Anytime we can enjoy a catamaran sail is a good day. Triology Catamaran Sail, here we come again. Although it won’t be prime time for maui whale watching, there’s sure to be boomer adventure involved.
It’s been a busy few weeks preparing for this cruise. Of course I’ve used these tips from 10 Essential Items to Take on a Tropical Getaway. And I bought a cute pair of Sketcher shoes that will double for workouts and walking around the ports. Plus it was time to refresh some of my Eagle Creek packing items.
I’m a big believer that while travel can be educational and transformative, there are times when travel needs to be a vacation. That’s how Alan and I are approaching this cruise. Yes, we’ll enjoy the excursions. But more importantly, we’re going to relax, make new friends, and enjoy life. Isn’t that what retirement years are supposed to be about?
Would you like to follow along? We’ll be posting photos and reports—although Internet minutes are expensive on Seabourn so we’ll be limiting online time—at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And, of course, there will be articles about our trip published here at My Itchy Travel Feet when we return.
Just so you know, this grand voyage is on our own dime.
Planning a South Pacific cruise? Start your research at our Cruising the South Pacific Travel Planning page.
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