Jean and Cope


Jean and Cope

My husband and I love to travel just about anywhere. We've spent time in the Caribbean (all over), Mexico, Canada, Europe, Africa, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Falkland Islands (UK), Chile and Peru. We love to trade houses too. We are both educators with grown children.

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea November 13th 2018

Dateline: November 10, 11 and 12, 2018, Intercontinental Hotel, Moorea Dolphins, Turtles and Easy Days Bonjour…Well dinner at the hotel last night was wonderful. The food was very French and delicious. However, since this is an island and…since this is an upscale resort, everything is very pricy. Add to that portions that are too large for us to finish…we decided to take the advice of the newlyweds going for liquor at the airport, and walk 10 minutes to a tiny grocery store. It is hot and humid and an uphill walk to the store but t has everything we need for some lunches and dinners. The woman who runs the store speaks French and English. She is so gracious and helped us with our shopping. With a French baguette in hand and some salami, cheese, crackers ... read more
Dolphin Encounter
The lagoon
Turtle that was shot with a harpoon in the neck

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete November 10th 2018

Dateline: November 10, 2018, Jumping Ship: Papeete, Tahiti and on to Moorea (Society Islands) Jumping Ship We are jumping ship today. We will get off, spend a half day in Papeete and then head for our ferry and Moorea by 12:45. Since we are in French Polynesia, everyone of course, speaks French, We have a few words of French…oui, merci, un, deux, trois, thank you… we will do fine 😉. Our ship is docked right downtown so we wander into Papeete. Papeete is a bustling, busy city, on Saturday. It is the capitol of French Polynesia. The huge marketplace is wonderful with tons of fresh fish, vegetables, fruits, lots of clothing and pearl shops. When we got to the market Jean noticed a woman selling pearls that was just a table, not a shop, and she ... read more
Papeete- not my photo
Jean and Hiva buying Pearls
If the ice cream store had been open

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora November 9th 2018

Dateline: Bora Bora, November 9, 2018 Immigration, Bora Bora and making Pareos Since this is the first port in French Polynesia, we had to go through customs here in Bora Bora, even though we are not getting off the ship until tomorrow in Papeete, Tahiti. So, today started with a visit with Immigration and Customs for French Polynesia at 7:15 on Deck 7. The ship took our passports 4 days ago and we finally get them back. Another stamp…Bora Bora. Our island tour was leaving immediately, so we rushed from immigration to the Wheelhouse Bar to collect the “stickers” for our tour. Of course, once we got there it was the “hurry up and wait routine”. After about 20 minutes the captain came on and said that he was sorry for keeping us but…we have a ... read more
A bay in Bora Bora
Matilde Beach
Handmade Pareo

Oceania » Samoa » Tutuila November 7th 2018

Dateline: November 7th, 2018, Western Samoa, just south of the equator and just west of the international date line. Robert Louis Stevenson, Samoan Dancers and Singers, Shipboard Computer Glitches. So… our fabulous time in Apia, Western Samoa is over and we’re back in our stateroom… but before we tell you about our day thought you’d want to know that our captain just came on with an “important announcement that requires your full attention”, and gave a direct order for a full crew muster at 3:15…they need to be counted with their ID in hand and… at 3:45 every passenger is to be in their stateroom with the door propped open. Everyone on the ship must be counted and accounted for. It seems that the ship’s computer accountability technology failed to recognize the dateline change so even ... read more
Samoan Dancers Dockside
Coconut Water

Oceania » Samoa » American Samoa November 5th 2018

Dateline: November 5, 2018, Pago, Pago, American Samoa (Territory of the USA) Tsunami’s, Dogs and SPAM Today is Pago Pago, American Samoa. So… Pago Pago is pronounced, Pango, Pango with a short a. We arrive to pouring rain and 82 degrees, but with hopes, once again, of a sunny day. The harbor is absolutely beautiful but there is a tremendous wind coming off the mountains that keeps pushing us away from the dock. The ship is listing to starboard as the wind hits us broadside. We get in the elevator which is at a slant. Passengers in the elevator are saying they want out. But really, its true, we are heeled over some but… more fun than a problem. We exit on Deck 11 to our cabin and everyone is laughing as we walk drunkenly down ... read more
Tau and Jean
Flower Pot Rocks
Marine National Monument

Oceans and Seas » Pacific November 4th 2018

Dateline: November 4th, 2018, Equator, middle of the Pacific Ocean and…International Dateline Losing a Day in the Southern Hemisphere So today we cross the Equator from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere. We are very excited. We have been told to be on deck at 12:30pm and look for the 25,000-mile string of orange cones. Have you seen these? Since we are Shellbacks (having crossed the equator many times) we will not be part of the “Crossing of the Equator” ceremonies for “pollywogs” (those who have not crossed before). Onboard, Neptune presides over the ceremony where pollywogs are blindfolded and then told that they will be feeling things from under the sea and they use things like jello for jellyfish to scare them and finally tons of cooked spaghetti are poured over them…silly but fun ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina October 31st 2018

Dateline: October 31, 2018, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii Halloween Parade, Thai Noodles and a Movie Originally, we were going to rent a car and see some of the island but… we just found our that they will be closing down streets in Lahaina about 2pm for the Halloween Parade. So…we opt to just walk around Lahaina for the day. Today is the hottest we’ve been on this trip, about 82 degrees with 90% humidity. 100 of us sweating passengers with frizzy hair, are tendered into shore on each boat, arriving 20 minutes later right at Banyan Park. Banyan Park is unbelievably beautiful with one very old Banyan tree reaching out it it’s ropy tentacles from large branches to make more Banyan trees, all interconnected. There are a lot of cute shops and restaurants but we opt to ... read more
Banyan Tree 2
Calling a Lyft Driver
Thai Lunch

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu October 30th 2018

Dateline: Monday, October 30, 2018, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Diamond Head, Honolulu Aloha… Leisurely day today as we wait for everyone to get off on their tours before heading off the ship. It’s overcast and 78 degrees but the skies show promise of sun. We have decided to take a walk to the closest Hop On Hop Off stop which is about a mile away from the ship. Each time we have come to Oahu we have headed anywhere but Honolulu …today we are staying in the city and taking in the sights. Best way to get around to all the places we want to see is the ever-popular Hop On Hop Off bus. We walk out of the dock area and turn left along busy Ala Moana Blvd. After a few blocks we turn right on ... read more
Diamond Head
Beaches at Diamond Head
View from Diamond Head

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i October 30th 2018

Dateline, October 30th, Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai, Hawaii Chickens, Fern Grottos and Abandoned Papaya Fields We are excited to be back on Kauai. This morning is pouring rain but that will soon stop and we’re hoping for a beautiful day. As we begin to dock, over the rail on the dock is a lovely woman in red doing the hula to greet us. The three ukuleles being played behind her sound beautiful. We head off to grab the Alamo shuttle to the airport where we will pick up a car. The shuttle line is so long that we abandon that idea and head for a taxi. The taxi driver doesn’t really want to take us the short 2 miles to the airport but just then 4 passengers come along also wanting to go to the airport and ... read more
Collecting Sand
Wailua river cruise
In the Fern Grotto

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo October 29th 2018

Dateline: October 29, 2018 Hilo, Hawaii Lava, Macadamia Nuts and Black Sand After 4 ½ days at sea, we have sighted land! It’s 75 degrees with a heavy mist rain as we dock in Hilo on the big island of Hawaii. This is the only Hawaiian Island where we will take an organized tour. We are interested in seeing what has happened because of the recent volcanic eruptions. The lava flows stopped about 2 months ago but decimated a number of small towns and neighborhoods as it flowed to the sea. At one point, several months ago, the lava was flowing at 24 miles per hour, continuously, for two months and created 800 new acres of land. We get out our cruise cards and ID and head down the gangway to line up with our tour ... read more
Rainbow Falls
Banyon Tree Japanese Gardens
Rebirth from the Lava

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