Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hawaii / Tahiti 30 Day Cruise - Day 23 Sea Day

Sunday Day 23 – Sea Day

Today is a welcome sea day after the port-intensive part of the cruise.  It also means our cruise is starting to wind down as we only have one more port before returning home.  It’s a little sad, and the time has gone by much too quickly.  We slept in, but did get up in time for a quick breakfast before heading to our last port talk by Travel Guide Julia.

We literally have turned the corner on our trip, and are no longer sailing south.  We are now sailing north to our last port-of-call on our way home.   At this point we have traveled about 6,000 nautical miles, or about 6,650 regular miles since the start of our trip in San Diego.  That’s a long way, especially when you consider we averaged 18 knots, or about 20 miles per hour.

Our next stop is the island of Nuku Hiva, and as usual Julia gave an excellent talk to get us aquainted with our next port.  After the Nuku Hiva talk we stayed around for a presentation on Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia which was a little disappointing.  The presentation was a little disjointed and seemed to stray from the subject to many times, but maybe we were expecting something different than what he intended.  After the talk it was time for lunch and then Val was off to the Crow’s Nest for team trivia, and I spent some more time trying to catch up on the blog.

Tonight we are having dinner in the Canaletto with our new ship friends Ken, Kathy, Mark and Shirley.  The Canaletto is another specialty restaurant on-board featuring Italian food.  We had a very good meal, and even better conversation, and spent several hours there enjoying the good company.  After dinner it was back to the casino for Val and I and then back to our room for an end to the evening.  Tomorrow is Nuku Hiva, our last port.  I had never even heard of Nuku Hiva until we booked this cruise and now we will be going there.


  1. Dave, I was also on this cruise (CC screen name - hartoff2) and have very much enjoyed reading your blog. Just curious: what type of camera did you use on the trip? The colors are so vibrant and the clarity is amazing! I did several of the same excursions but didn't get the fabulous photos that you got! Thanks...


    1. Hello Norm, I'm glad you enjoyed the blog and the pictures, it was a great cruise. The pictures were taken by both my wife and myself. I have a Nikon D300 DSLR and my wife has a Panasonic FZ200 which is an advanced point and shoot type of camera. Having a DSLR with a good lens gives you better clarity and color, but I also did some post processing on some of the pictures. I don't usually boost the color, but I sometimes increase the contrast a little which tends to make the colors a bit more vibrant. Thanks again.