|After spending the day yesterday (we had two November 29th's) by the pool catching some rays and exchanging stories and tales of the preceding six months events, this afternoon we made our way to the pier and our cruise ship, the Tahitian Princess, on which Barb and I would embark on our first ever cruise.....the ship was massive to Barb and me by all accounts, but to Pat and John and Peter and Madeline who have cruised on some really big ships in the past, to them this was a "small boat" (the ship is really just a very large floating hotel). We made our way to our stateroom and after getting settled, the seven of us (Peter and Madeline's sister-in-law, Ursula Moolyk had arrived yesterday as well) made our way to the Panorama Room, the buffet dining area of the ship and feasted our eyes on.....well, a feast, to say the least. After having way too much lunch we hooked up with Nancy and Bill Klym, Pat's sister and brother-in-law who were also joining us on the cruise. The "boys" then went for a walk into Papeete to have a beer and find a wine shop so that we could have some wine in our staterooms while some of the "girls" went shopping and Barb and Madeline sat in the shade by the pool.......in the evening we dined in the Club Room Restaurant, the first of many fine evening meals filled with great food and lots of fun and laughs with good company and the wonderful wait staff on board. While we ate our dinner "The Regent - Paul Gaugin" made its way into port with the help of a guide boat. After dinner we made our way to the Cabaret Lounge to check out a Polynesian Folkloric Show......the dancers were very good.......and then turned in for the night.......it had been a long day, indeed......