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October 31st 2017
Published: November 1st 2017
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THE CEREMONY HOUSETHE CEREMONY HOUSETHE CEREMONY HOUSE

Many of the native ceremonies take place in these open air huts.
Our seven day crossing of the Pacific Ocean took us across the equator to our first destination of Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands. We have been here a number of times as it is the first substantial piece of land encountered cruising south. Because Nuku Hiva is mountainous, the ship’s radar can pick up its image about 97 miles away according to Captain Roberts. As we came around the corner and sailed into the lovely curved bay, the green hillsides and anchored boats were quite a change from seeing only waves for so many days.

We took our first of many tender rides from ship to shore. Few of these remote islands have docks or piers for visiting cruise ships. Most of the wharves here were built by Sea Bees during WWII. Of the 12 ports we will visit on this journey, nine are tender ports.

We went ashore to catch up with our friend Rose Corser who built a restaurant, boutique, inn and museum on Nuku Hiva. Rose and her husband were sailors who arrived in the Marquesas in 1972 from the U.S. and they promptly fell in love with the culture, the people and the islands
THE SOJOURN IN PARADISETHE SOJOURN IN PARADISETHE SOJOURN IN PARADISE

The beauty of the South Pacific is in her seas and skies. We like to say, "We get high on water."
in this archipelago. We met up with Rose and toured her museum and had a nice lunch before hiking around the horseshoe bay back to the ship. The Marquesas are famous for their tattoo styles and unique dance. Rose’s museum has a collection of the tattoo art as it has been practiced for centuries and now some educators are using her collection to do research for a film on this ancient art form.

Our next stop was in Fakarava in the Tuamotu chain of islands. Since this is an atoll, it is very flat and has two passes into its lagoon. It's rich in sea life and produces copra products derived from coconut trees. UNESCO has declared Fakarava a Biosphere Reserve because of its immense lagoon . The atoll population is just several hundred lucky folks. But it must be growing because we saw lots of kids. We went in search of a snorkeling beach and when we found one we were surprised to see two sharks resting just a few feet off shore. We decided to let sleeping sharks lie and moved on to another more user friendly spot. After enjoying the tropical waters firsthand, we stopped by
TENDERTENDERTENDER

Sojourn has 4 tenders that also serve as life boats. These have twin Diesel engines and bow thrusters.
a pretty little church constructed entirely of coral.

The next day the Sojourn made her way to Rangiroa. We had to arrive early in order to enter through the narrowest of passes on a favorable tide. Since this atoll has one of the largest lagoons in the Pacific, when the tide ebbs or floods, the current really rips through the skinny pass making for rather tricky navigation. On our departure we made sure to be up on the bow of the ship as it is quite a sight to see several dozen dolphins swimming straight for our boat. We were told that the dolphins enjoy riding the fast current in and out of the lagoon.

We had another sea day before reaching Tahiti. A friend of ours, Hyperion Knight, a virtuoso concert pianist, offered to perform a special concert for our group. He has a profound insight into music and shares that knowledge during his performances. His concert included selections from Chopin, Gershwin, and the Beatles. A delightful way to spend an afternoon at sea.


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OUR TRUSTY TENDER DRIVEROUR TRUSTY TENDER DRIVER
OUR TRUSTY TENDER DRIVER

The driver's job is difficult, especially when taking on passengers in rough seas.
NUKU HIVA LADYNUKU HIVA LADY
NUKU HIVA LADY

She welcomed us to the island.
FLORAL DISPLAYFLORAL DISPLAY
FLORAL DISPLAY

Decorative arrangements like this are everywhere on the islands.
ISLAND TIKIISLAND TIKI
ISLAND TIKI

We had a nice walk along the beach in Nuku Hiva
MAMA et BEBEMAMA et BEBE
MAMA et BEBE

They were resting down by the sea shore.
ROSE CORSER'S MUSEUMROSE CORSER'S MUSEUM
ROSE CORSER'S MUSEUM

Joanne met Rose for a tour and then ate lunch at her restaurant. Rose came to the Marquesas in 1972 from California.
NATIVE DANCERNATIVE DANCER
NATIVE DANCER

This fellow dances with the local native troupe and speaks French, English and Marquesan.
TRADITIONAL BUILDINGTRADITIONAL BUILDING
TRADITIONAL BUILDING

Thatched roofs and walls are traditional building modes in the Marquesas Islands.
NIKKONIKKO
NIKKO

Nikko is holding a breadfruit. This is a staple of their diet. Starchy and nutritious.
HYPERION KNIGHTHYPERION KNIGHT
HYPERION KNIGHT

Classical pianist Hype gave our group an enthralling concert in the Observation Lounge.
SEAS, SKIES, CORAL, CLOUDSSEAS, SKIES, CORAL, CLOUDS
SEAS, SKIES, CORAL, CLOUDS

Photos cannot do these seascapes justice.
BIKER BOY IN FAKARAVABIKER BOY IN FAKARAVA
BIKER BOY IN FAKARAVA

He was anxious to show off his skills to us.
YIKES -- SHARKS!YIKES -- SHARKS!
YIKES -- SHARKS!

These two are sleeping close in to shore. Most sharks here are not too dangerous.
ACCIDENTAL ARTWORK ACCIDENTAL ARTWORK
ACCIDENTAL ARTWORK

This TV antenna was attached to a driftwood tree that framed the Sojourn.
FAKAROA CHURCHFAKAROA CHURCH
FAKAROA CHURCH

This beautiful Catholic church is made of coral.
HOLY WATER FONTHOLY WATER FONT
HOLY WATER FONT

This large shell made a perfect font.
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINSBOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS

These beautiful mammals put on a spectacular show as Sojourn passed thru the coral reef.
FLOATING MANFLOATING MAN
FLOATING MAN

Not Burning Man...Floating Man.
HAPPY HALLOWEENHAPPY HALLOWEEN
HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Our group manager Wayne poses with a pumpkin. Irishman Wayne is on the left.


1st November 2017

Just checking in -
Dear Susan and Kevin, It is so much fun to relive my past memories through you and your blog. Presently you are retracing areas that we visited together and the words and pictures are very familiar. I keep thinking about taking anther cruise. I would be one of the singles who would bring some life to the widows in the Horizon lounge. What I really miss cruising is traveling with you and the paddle ball sessions on the top deck. Seabourne and Silverseas are nice but no paddle tennis so I would probably remain a Regent cruiser plus I'm seven days shy of the Titanium level and all of the perks. It is Nov. 1 and it looks like I may get in another morning outside on the tennis courts or maybe golf. Skiing is just around the corner. I guess you remember I turned 80 on our 2009 World Cruise. Much love and happy memories to you both. - Ted
1st November 2017

Hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a place!
Great pictures. I am looking for some information about this trip. I´d love to go with some friends. Hugs from Argentina.
3rd November 2017

Grace
You should visit here! There are still many pristine beaches and the people are friendly. Bon chance!
3rd November 2017

Grace
You should visit here! There are still many pristine beaches and the people are friendly. Bon chance!
3rd November 2017

Grace
You should visit here! There are still many pristine beaches and the people are friendly. Bon chance!
1st November 2017

Gorgeous islands
Susan and Kevin - The ports on your voyage are beautiful and still have a lot of open land and beach. Your words and photos bring back many happy memories.
3rd November 2017

Arthur and Marion
Thank you for posting. Glad we brought back some happy memories for you. Love from "Name that Tune!"
3rd November 2017

Arthur and Marion
Thank you for posting. Glad we brought back some happy memories for you. Love from "Name that Tune!"
5th November 2017

A virtuoso concert pianist, letting resting sharks lie, tattoos, floating man, drunk off the skies and sea .... you remain my inspiration. xo

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