Alpert-Shroyer 2010 Bonus World Cruise travel blog

sailing in from Nuku Hiva, we were followed by the Moorea Ferry...

Papeete' airport runway and various coral reefs surrounding & protecting the site

Hazy, humid welcome to Papeete' in the early morning sunlight that gave...

Ferries to Moorea & other islands were our berth mates on the...

3 masted sailing ship bid "adieu" as we came into port-made you...

"welcoming" party band at the docks in Papeete'

another welcoming "band" in more tribal costume and better "equipment" greeted us...

Papeete' market on Saturday, selling everything edible, woven, carved, stamped or made...

Saturday morning shopping when there is so little time & so much...

weaving palm baskets, hats (or just about anything) is a tedious job

Beautiful flower arrangements of many sizes, prices & compositions made right before...

One of 2 arrangements being made for me as I waited

Orchids, flowers, mangoes and vanilla bean pods are some of the fine...

local mother of pearl handicraft-prices are in French Polynesian Francs-these were the...

hours whittle away, and they still keep coming in for fresh fruits,...

Our tour guides model a dress an early Polynesian missionary would wear...

Outdoor restaurant featured in Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" show about Polynesian foods...

6 inch cannon from the battery embankment, now in Bougainville park

Our "tour guides" and Tahittian dancers perform for the 3 tour participants...

Additional dancers & dancing for the 3 of us!

dancer showing the results of Paero tying as a skirt-tied in the...

Performer showing us how to tie their Pareo's (a large rectangular cloth...

costumed performer explaining the meaning of this dance with her hands, feet,...

another costume, another dance--boring? Not at all! We were mesmerized, to say...

The original "line dance" in Polynesia that kept many a sailor longing...

Drummers, performing traditional drums for the dancers & us-each drum has its...

This dancer seemed to be one of the best in hand movement...

Even I was allowed to pose with our tour guide/dancers

One of our dancers with her boyfriend, husband or mate-"the drummer gets...

What a pose! Me, a drummer? Only in my dreams. At least...

the hut that protected us from the drizzle, overlooking a pond coming...

The "Queen's bathing area." Notice the steps in the foreground, a spring...

Our best English speaking guide/dancer posing in front of the large (approx...

The "big mac" is everywhere! Even in Papeete, Tahitti. The "McDrive-thru" line...

A gray, misty Papeete. Rain threatened our Polynesian dinner but the cooks...

Sound the alert! Suckling pigs were everywhere, in every direction. YUM! (not...

Our "star-bar" personnel celebrating a wonderful Polynesian dinner & praying for NO...

More "ham" in the wait staff, displaying some of the wonderful ice...

a "tasty" suckling pig that "flew" in just for our Polynesian evening...

One of the 20 ice carvings, here, a beautiful, mermaid looking over...

Cooks "hamming it up" with their proud yellow finned tuna, ready to...

handsome selection of wines for display & consumption at our Polynesian dinner...

2 ice carvings in the background, highlighting a selection of desserts awaiting...

very, very large fish trying to be a display in the cold...

"Pigs of the Buffet," Cracklin' was everywhere; not a free morsel of...

Regent's cooks prepare for a "stay away" rain dance, while there is...

Paolo & Michael (Compass Rose Dining Room Mngr & Ship's Hotel Dir.)...

"Native" dancers performing for the World travelers after such a good dinner....

More dance demonstration this evening

This dancer was proficient in story telling, dance, hand gestures, hip shaking,...

"All in the air, now." more moments in the dance performance

The ladies have center stage to continue their story of dance-very nicely...

more grass skirts, hip shaking at a fast beat

dancers performed for almost 1 & 1/2 hrs, various dances in multiple...

another dancer, another message

near the finale, all were happy & in more colorful costumes

everyone gets into the act (or dance)

the "boys" showing off that they too can do "fast" dancing (their...


A hazy, humid, misty, almost overcast day greeted us with our entry to the harbor of Papeete, Tahitti, French Polynesia. The next few days & ports will be filled with touring, sightseeing, snorkeling and taking photographs. I will attempt to at least upload, each day, as many photos as I can so the text will be easier to follow (or skip all together). Needless to say, time will be limited and those days at sea are used to catch up on journal entries.

All is fine in French Polynesia, the threshold to Paradise!

Upon finally getting into our berth dockside, those of us who had tours immediately gathered at the dock. Those of us who had no tour plans, gathered our things to go shopping in the market place and the immediate town area. Since Regent has included shore excursions as complimentary services to World Cruising, many of the popular events are "sold out" and the discounted "premium" excursions are mostly booked (those are the ones that include overnight stays or flight arrangements or more than the "normal" bus ride to a venue).

More later, gotta go------!

Today (Saturday) was an interesting experience, for me but just a "shopping experience for Debbie & Ellie (Ellie had done this with me our "Dream World Cruise" in 2008), so she (Ellie) did not want to get tired or expend too much of her energy going on a local, sponsored by the Papeete Chamber of Commerce, that I DID experience. I'm glad I did and sorry Ellie did not (nor was it the kind of tour that she could have negotiated the curbs, traffic and/or the walking if she did go on the tour. A group of about 5 young ladies were our "tour guides" and gave us (only 3 of us took them up on market PA announcement) the narrative and presentation of sites within walking distance of the Papeete Market.

The tour turned out to be more than the "walk & stop, listen & take pictures" kind of tour most of the walking tours turn out to be. These ladies demonstrated era clothing, gave narrative of monuments & history of Papeete & Tahitti life up to present day. They practiced their best English (all of the tour participants-3-spoke English only and the couple with me were from Toronto, Canada on a 2 week vacation), gave us traditional Tahitti dances in native costumes. There was a "band": 2 drummers, a bassist, yukalalee (sp?) and a guitar player/singer. This was preformed at a cultural center, across from the "Assembly Government Center" (closed on the weekend).

The Chamber of Commerce supported a VERY nice tour of the immediate local area, as it used to be and provided the support for these ladies & performers to give an insight to Tahitti. We all enjoyed the pleasant discovery of a tour we would have been happy to pay for but was given complimentary. We even tried to "tip" or donate money but insulted the participants (they said they were paid by the government to do this for tourism and would be offended if they accepted anything more) by offering; they were happy to provide the tour & performances for us without supplement.

After the tour, that was mostly dodging rain drizzles, was completed, I went back to the ship to learn the "girls" wanted to get some flowers & sent me back out to the market to get a floral arrangement for our next door neighbor, who was not having a good time and made comments about our handicap equipment being in the way in the hall. So, I got a beautiful bouquet for them and of course one for Ellie. All seemed to enjoy the magnificent colors and beautiful flowers, orchids & plants-all made for me as I watched.

We got ready for the evening meal and Tahittian dancers that the ship provided as entertainment for the evening--wonderful! Each dance represented a different meaning, message or event in Polynesian island life or history. It was fascinating and mostly fast paced throughout the performance. Ellie, Debbie & I stayed until the end and it was good that they got "rested" for the evening festivities, earlier. They will be tired even tomorrow by being up late in the night (for them) & we're not sure about the weather tomorrow in Moorea.

Tomorrow was another day. Onward! to Paradise!

"Our World, Our Way, No Regrets!"



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