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World Cruise - 2011

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On January 13, 2011, Dick and Alida depart from San Francisco for a 145 day world cruise visiting 67 ports in 30 countries on the Regent Seven Seas Voyager. Our final destination will be Southampton, UK, on June 7.
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Packing bags

Grand Rapids, United States


Alida has been packing and unpacking her bags for days and finally has decided enough is enough. Regent picks up our luggage on January 4 and we will next see it in our stateroom when we board on January 13. The excitement is building.
We are using this first blog entry to practice how to use blogabond and upload photos.


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San Francisco

San Francisco, United States


We are behind on making blog entries because we have been in the middle of the Pacific Ocean sailing between San Francisco and Hawaii. The satelites evidently are not focused in on an area where there is no land.

We arrived in S. Francisco fortunately after an uneventful flight. S. Francisco is a beautiful city with lots of hills. We stayed at a time share condo in a made-over 1900's vintage mansion in a posh upper class residential area called Pacific Heights. It felt like home since there was a common kitchen for all, a living room with a magnificent old fireplace where afternoon tea was sered.

In S. F. we used the wonderful public transportation and went to the Ferry building, Alcatraz, rode the cable cars, visited China town, etc.

On January 13 we boarded our floating Mobile home for a special world cruisers only event. On the following day we set sail and passed under the Golden Gate Bridge as we began our five-month journey around the world.



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Hilo, Hawaii

Hilo, United States


You are probably wondering why we are so far behind on making entries on our blogsite. After our San Francisco entry, the site became frozen and would not accept anything from us. After considerable research we finally found out how to contact blogabond by email.
They responded immediately saying that their spam filter had blocked us. Blogabond has now cleared us as a trustworthy user so we are back in business and we'll slowly catch up.

After five days at sea during which time we attended lectures, walked, had fun, we realized that there were many "old" frineds and a lot of crew and officers whom we already knew from the previous world cruise. They made us feel very much at home.

We made our first landfall in Hilo, Hawaii, It is a beautiful, lush island on the island of Hawaii, otherwise known as the "big island".

In Hilo we visited a macademia nut farm, toured a lovely botanical gardfen in a little train and

visited the Akaka waterfalls.


permalink written by  rcodel on January 19, 2011 from Hilo, United States
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Honolulu

Honolulu, United States


Honolulu is on the island of Oahu. There was a very special event at the royal palace for world cruisers only with cocktails, lavish hors d'oeuvres and local entertainment. Back in the late 1800's Hawaii was a kingdom ruled by kings and queens. It was a period in history that Hawaiians would like to forget.

On the windward side of the island where Honolulu is they get 25" of rain annually, whereas the leeward side gets 140" per year. This phenomenon is typical of all the Hawaiian islands.



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Maui

Lahaina, United States


Maui is a very beautiful island, quite different from Oahu and "the big island" in that it has fewer trees and the vegetation doesn't appear to be as lush. In downtown Lahaina we sat under a monster, huge banyan tree, supposedly the largest in the world.


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Moorea Island

Teavaro, French Polynesia



On January 25 we crossed the equator. To celebrate the crossing we had a special party by the pool where Neptune made the polywogs become shellbacks. Terry Waite was Neptune again. He gave lectures about his negotiations with freeing hostages from the kidnap takers with a more modern emphasis than his last lectures which concentrated on when he was held captive for five years. We have had a lot of fun and laughs with him onboard and one day he invited us to have lunch with him.

Moorea is a very mountainous island with beautiful jagged peaks. It is mostly uninhabited. We think it is the most beautiful island we have seen in the world, and, as you know, have have seen many.



permalink written by  rcodel on January 28, 2011 from Teavaro, French Polynesia
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Tahiti

Papeete, French Polynesia


Tahiti is much more populated than Moorea and Bora Bora, but, like them, the Interior is mostly uninhabited.

permalink written by  rcodel on January 29, 2011 from Papeete, French Polynesia
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Bora Bora

Povai, French Polynesia


Bora Bora is another gorgeous island surrounded by coral reefs like all the Polynesian islands. The colors of the water are incredible, ranging from deep blue, to tourquoise, to light green, etc. caused by the coral reefs. All of the hotels are built as cottages on stilts on the water on little islands which are only accessed by boat
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permalink written by  rcodel on January 30, 2011 from Povai, French Polynesia
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Tonga

Nuku'alofa, Tonga


On February 2 we crossed the international dateline so February 2 never existed for us.
Groundhog day never existed for us.

Tonga is a small, flat, poor and very hot island. However, the color of the water is amazing.

This is us on a formal night during cocktail hour prior to dinner. Does anyone recognize the dress I am wearing? Where have you seen it before? This is a test.



permalink written by  rcodel on February 4, 2011 from Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Paihia, New Zealand


The Bay of Islands is a beautiful spot in northern New Zeland. It is a large bay with over 100 islands, some inhabited and others uninhabited. We came here by car many years ago and stayed in a delightful motel for several days.



permalink written by  rcodel on February 7, 2011 from Paihia, New Zealand
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