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Published: October 1st 2017
Geo: -17.535, -149.57
Awoke early, as usual, and then packed up. We were met at 07.00h for the transfer to the ferry terminal. We arrived quite early - but that gave us the opportunity to buy bananas, watch another ferry come and go, and people-watch. Our ferry arrived just about 08.00h. It disgorged its passengers, then we boarded. We all headed for the bow inside; no problem finding seats together. The ferry departed about 20 minutes later. It was actually a fairly rough crossing. Mum and I stayed with the bags while most others went to the upper deck outside to enjoy the view.
Upon arrival at Papeete, about 30 minutes later, we dragged our bags to the Princess ship. We were originally told that we could not yet drop off our luggage, so Pas and Ann volunteered to stay behind (as did Mum and Allie).
The rest of us walked to Le Retro, a coffee bar, which the book said sold breakfast seven days a week. It was indeed open, but no breakfast. We could, however, get six (but not seven) cappuccinos to go ... in plastic cups. So then we returned to share with the others.
The remainder of the morning was spent
sitting, writing our serial story, and disappearing in groups to look for various things. Mike bought Ann a bouquet of flowers at the market.
At 11.30h, they opened the gates, and we were able to check on fairly quickly. We all went to the buffet for lunch, then separated for a while. Paul and I went to the Tahitian Lounge to hang until, at 13.30h, they announced that the staterooms were ready.
Our stateroom is quite nice - large bed, love seat, balcony. But Mum and Pas' is huge - living room, dining area, hug bed with crown draperies, large dressing area, mast bath with marble - even a guest bath. We spent much of the afternoon hanging out there as well as wandering about the ship.
We did not have our "usual" table for dinner - sat at tables for six and four. Dinner was fine; read the contribution from Jerry et al.
After dinner, we signed up the kids for the teen centre, then Paul and I did about 20 laps of the track. After that, we hung out on the Sun Deck - the darkest spot outdoors - listening to the musicians for a while. Eventually, it grew a bit chilly,
so we retired for the evening.
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