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45 new years cruise dec 2013

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S: Celebrating the New Year 2014 in the Society Islands

BC: "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." | 2014 New Years Resolution | Ralph Waldo Emerson

FC: Celebrating the New Year 2014 in the Society Islands

1: Island Hopping in the Society Islands of French Polynesia | Dec 26 Drove to Dallas and spent the night Dec 27 After lunch we went to the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport for American Flight #2459 to Los Angeles. We departed Los Angeles at 11:00 pm on Air Tahiti Flight 101 for Tahiti Dec 28 Arrived in Papeete, Tahiti and was taken to the The Le Meridien Hotel for the use of a day room. At 3:30 pm we were transfered by bus to the Paul Gauguin. Dec 29 Explored the highlights of Raiatea by bus. Dec 30 Spent the day at the beach on Motu Mahana at Taha'a and feasted on barbecue & island drinks. Dec 31 Walked about Vaitape and enjoyed shopping at a craft mall in Bora Bora Jan 1 Spent the day at a private beach on Motu Tevairoa swimming and snorkeling in Bora Bora Jan 2 Enjoyed a jeep tour of the highlights of Moorea Jan 3 Took a launch to Papetoai, Moorea for craft shopping, enjoyed a farewell dinner and party and sailed for Papeete, Tahiti. Jan 4 Walking tour of Papeete, bus tour of area, and a ferry transfer to Moorea. Jan 5 Bus tour, a visit to the Atitia Culture Center, and relaxed at our resort. Jan 6 Ferried to Papeete, had our goodbye dinner and flew home. | December 26, 2013 --January 6, 2014

2: Setting out on another great adventure starting in Dallas 17 hours and 5,346 miles later we arrived in Papeete, Tahiti

3: Maeva "Welcome" to Tahiti

4: Arriving in Papeete, Tahiti at 6 am, we were taken to the Le Meridien Hotel for the use of a day room. We started the day with a long nap and a shower before exploring our new surroundings.

6: December 28, 2013 Transfered from the Le Meridien to the Paul Gaugiun Cruise Ship for the next seven nights.

8: December 29, 2013

9: Raiatea

10: "Les Gauguines and Gauguins" the young Polynesian Ambassadors

11: Chef Paul showed us how to fillet a freshly caught moon fish

12: "Children of Raiatea"

14: Raiatea Highlights Island Bus Tour Explored the evolution of Tahiti's terrain, ancient culture and local way of life. We traveled the east coast to the Fa'aroa Bay. Visited Marae Taputapuatea, a revered archaeological site. While strolling around its sacred ground we learned about Tahitian society and the history of the Maohi people. First photo stop was of spectacular vistas of the mountains and volcanic craters. Second photo stop was overlooking the breathtaking lagoon framed by coconut palm beaches. The third photo stop was made for panoramic views of Huahine, the Motu Islands, coral reefs, and crystal clear water. We stopped to try refreshing tropical fruit. We were served coconut in the 3 stages of its life, papaya, grapefruit and lime water. The final stop was at a Black Pearl Farm and we learned how black pearls were made.

16: Black Pearl Farm

18: December 30, 2013

22: Motu Mahana life at the beach

24: December 31, 2013

26: Bora Bora | Excited to explore Bora Bora | Our launch...ship to shore transfer

28: Our Gauguin made us each a custom coconut drink. He first cut the top off of the coconut and scooped the top out of the shell for us to eat. He invited us to drink as much of the coconut water that we wanted to be replaced with alcohol. Then he added ice, what rum or other alcohol, of our choice, to make our custom island drink.

31: Champagne Galley Tour Behind the scenes tour of the galley

32: New Years Eve Dinner

36: January 1, 2014

38: Spending New Years Day on the beach in Bora Bora

42: Wine and food paring with Chef Paul Ellis and Wine Expert Judy Jordan

44: January 2, 2014

45: jan 2

48: We discovered a huge pineapple plantation, visited Marea Titiroa, and ascended to the Belvedere Lookout Point to see spectacular vistas over Cook's and Opunohu Bays. We also took a steep bumpy ride to the top of Magic Mountain to see our ship anchored in Opunohu Bay. | Aito Off Road Safari

51: Vistas from the top of Magic Mountain of Opunohu Bay and village of Papetoal

52: Mount Rotui | Cook's Bay

53: Marea Titiroa Prehistoric Polynesian Temple

55: Polynesian Night

56: January 3, 2014

57: Opunohu Bay

58: Moorea | Taking the launch to shop

60: Captain Toni Mirkovic and his crew

61: Outstanding crew and service

63: O Tahiti E

64: Craft time | Craft Time

68: January 4, 2014

70: Papeete City Tour & Area We visited the highlights of the area, including Tahara's View Point, Pointe Venus, Arahoho Blowhole, Faarumai Waterfall, the James Norman Hall Museum, City Hall, the cathedral, Bougainville Park and Paofai Temple.

71: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

72: Municipal Market in downtown Papeete offering local farm products, handicrafts, souvenirs and a variety of fish and food products

77: The House and Museum of James Norman Hall He moved to Tahiti shortly after WWI ended. He and Charles Nordhoff wrote the story Mutiny of the Bounty.

79: During World War I James Norman Hall served in Great Britain as an infantryman, then as a pilot for France and later a pilot for the United States.

80: Faarumai Waterfall

81: Arahoho Blowhole

83: Pointe Venus

89: Papetoai Temple built in 1822, the oldest European building still in use in the South Pacific

92: We visited the Atitia Culture Centre

93: We were served lunch of all the local favorites, I learned to play the ukulele and Terry bought my keshi pearl ring from Bozo.

100: Fare Nui Dinner Polynesian Dance & Fire show

102: Saying good bye to paradise ........is so hard to do

104: Tracey Manate led our Vantage tour

105: Our Vantage tour group enjoyed our farewell toast and dinner

106: in 12 days we experienced 2 car trips....to and from Dallas 4 plane rides....10,692 air miles 1 day room check in 1 resort hotel check in 7 days cruising....350 nautical miles 2 ferry rides....34 nautical miles 3 bus tours 1 jeep tour 8 launch rides | "Children of Raiatea" show Ti No Avatea--afternoon tea "Ia Orana Tahiti" show Champagne Galley Tour New Years Eve Dinner & Party Wine & Food Pairing "Te Mau Mama No Fa'ato'ai to'a" show " O Tahiti E" show "Les Gauguines and Gauguins" the young Polynesian Ambassadors Craft Time with Les Gauguines | At the end of our adventures | Top 10 experiences in cruising

107: Raiatea Black Pearl Farm Marae Taputapuatea Taha'a Motu Mahana-day at beach Bora Bora walking tour of Vaitape Motu Tevairoa -day at the beach Moorea Belvedere Overlook Pineapple Plantation Magic Mountain Overlook Marae Titiroa Atitia Culture Centre Nui Fare Dinner, Polynesia Dance & Fire Show Tahiti James Norman Hill Museum Papeete City Market Araholo Blowhole Faarumai Waterfall | Top 15 experiences in island hopping

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