South Pacific Ocean

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  • Day43

    Circling the South Pacific

    March 6, 2020, South Pacific Ocean ⋅ 🌧 79 °F

    My wording rings very true today because we a truly circling the South Pacific Ocean. Six of our upcoming ports before arriving in Australia (and some of those were already replacement ports) are now closed to cruise ships due to the local officials wanting to protect their countries from Coronavirus. We are headed to Fiji for health and travel screening - our ship is still clean - are we are hopeful for 3 days there. We don’t get there until the 9th, which, unfortunately, gives them time to change their minds and close altogether.
    When our captain made these announcements yesterday, he said “pardon my expression, but this is a mess”. I’m sure it’s incredibly frustrating for them and I’ll bet there are some sleepless nights as they try to work out plans A, B, C, D, E etc.
    Things seem to change almost hourly. Also, a number of our future ports such as Sri Lanka are already closed indefinitely. It will be interesting to see where we will be going.

    Having said that, we are having a great time!
    After all, someone else is cooking, cleaning and doing our laundry. How can that be bad?
    The weather is gorgeous, there is a slight swell to rock us to sleep at night and the food is fabulous.
    Since today is my birthday, Jeff has arranged a special dinner of Phillipine food featuring lumpia, shrimp pancit and chicken adobo. Our room was decorated and many people have wished me a happy birthday. There are many truly interesting lectures, time to exercise, plenty of movies and time to focus on reading, and for me, making a quilt I’m working on for a new little great niece that will arrive in June.

    It’s all about being flexible and recognizing that the cruise officials are doing everything they can to make it a good (and unforgettable) trip.

    Anyway, more later as we continue looking for an island that we can actually visit. 😊 Until then,
    you can find us happily floating in the South Pacific Ocean.
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  • Day46

    Valentines Day/バレンタインデー

    February 15, 2020, South Pacific Ocean ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    I celebrated a really fun Valentine's Day dinner and party with new friends I made on the ship.
    船の上で知り合った, 新しい友達と一緒にても楽しいバレンタインデーの夕飯とパーティーを祝いました。

  • Day18

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    February 10, 2020, South Pacific Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    We spent an incredible day in Tierra del Fuego National Park. We arrived to a beautifully sunny and warm day. When we arrive on a day like today, we assume it’s always fair weather like this. We quickly learned from our tour guide that this type of day occurs only about 5 times a year-so we continue to be lucky with weather.
    More stunning scenery greeted us today-I don’t know how much more beauty I can take! Mountains, glaciers, lakes and wildflowers surrounded us at every turn. The air was crisp and one could truly embrace the feeling of being “at the end of the world” in the southernmost city in the world.
    In a very protected environment such as this, regulations are in place to keep things in check.
    For example, they found that algae introduced by fisherman bringing in fishing equipment from elsewhere was detrimental to the ecosystem here. Therefore, fished in the National Park is prohibited to prevent foreign species from entering this protected area.
    This brings me back to Antarctica, where every time we got on or off land, our boots were sprayed down, then disinfected, and finally cleaned a third time. This is to prevent any possible spread of disease from one penguin colony to another in a different location.
    Prior to landing on Antarctica, all of our clothing and gear was inspected and vacuumed to eliminate any seeds, plant material or other fibers that may prove to be problematic.
    Delicate systems require diligent monitoring to maintain the balance. We are fully in that mode right now!
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  • Day42

    Lima? C'est tout droit

    February 15, 2020, South Pacific Ocean ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    L'excursion d'hier n'était semble-t-il pas très réussie, vous l'aviez compris. Mais il paraît que, la mutinerie mise à part, nous n'ayons pas été les meilleurs.

    En effet, l'un des groupe a été mis dans un autobus local - il n'y avait pas assez de cars - son guide ne parlait pas la langue des passagers et le chauffeur ne savait pas bien où il devait aller, il demandait sa route à un passant à chaque carrefour. Pour le reste c'était aussi bien que nous, la lune, les dessins de girafes, etc...

    Au moins on aura des anecdotes à raconter.

    Le soir, récital exceptionnel au théatre, de Magalie la chanteuse titulaire du bar le Patio. Très bien, il faut dire qu'elle a un peu d'expérience, elle a chanté pour les 300 représentations de Ma Ma Mia à Mogador.

    Aujourd'hui, c'est calme plat. Je n'arrive pas à me débarrasser de mes rhume et autre bronchite. Il faut pourtant que je pète la forme demain: c'est notre grand rendez-vous à Lima avec les enfants.

    On a changé d'heure cette nuit. On remet ça la nuit prochaine ce qui nous mettra à - 6 h par rapport à vous. Vous aurez donc les infos du bord dans la nuit maintenant... Surtout que celà va s'accroître régulièrement après le Pérou avec un cap vraiment vers l'ouest.

    Et bonne saint Valentin.
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  • Day39

    The Silver Whisper, Tahiti

    March 2, 2020, South Pacific Ocean ⋅ 🌧 84 °F

    Okay, so it has been raining hard in Tahiti for the past 36 hours. There is always a consolation prize from Silversea. Tonight it was a “galley dinner” with some of the most amazing food art (and food!) we’ve ever seen!Read more

  • Day96

    San Cristóbal 360° tour pt3

    February 5, 2020, South Pacific Ocean ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    On our 360° tour we came across a family of dolphins, as soon as we saw them they were swimming in time with each other and passing under our boat, so naturally the our tour guide 'Brian' got so excited, and let us all sit (feet dangling) at the front of the boat... All trying to touch them with our feet 😂😂 at one point Brian got soo excited he couldn't help but jump in the water and swim with them! 😂 It was such a special moment to see them in the wild, we got soo lucky!Read more

  • Day31

    Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile

    February 23, 2020, South Pacific Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Rapa Nui. Easter Island. I have dreamed of going to Easter Island for decades. The fact that is one of the most remote islands in the world led me to think that I would probably not ever have a chance to visit here.
    But, here we are.... for 2 days......and sadly, it’s too rough to get off the ship.☹️
    One is challenged with seeing the positive in this situation. We are at Easter Island. We can see the moai from the ship. It has been gorgeous weather (except for the swells) and we saw 2 full, double rainbows yesterday.
    There are some passengers who got off last week to go to Machu Picchu and we are supposed to pick them up here. Right now, they are just trying to get them back on the ship. Apparently the opening where we board the tender fills with water from the big swells every time they open it-i’m glad I’m not in charge.
    Some of the locals came out to our ship last night and did an incredible show. It was even more appreciated since they had a bit of a harrowing ride over, then had to use the pilot’s ladder to get on board.
    Alexandra Edwards is on board with the expedition team and she has lived on Easter Island for 25 years. She is a wealth of knowledge and has provided us with science-based facts about the history here, what they are quite sure of and also what is still a bit of a mystery. We will circle the island today with her narrative as we go, but it sounds like that is as close as we’re going to get. Alexandra and her father have written a book about Easter Island so it is interesting to hear from someone who dispels many of the myths of the island. We were fortunate to have dinner with her one evening and we were intrigued to hear of her life here and her experiences studying the moai and thoughts as to what happened to the civilization that created them.
    It is named Easter Island because Dutch settlers arrived here on Easter Sunday 1722. There are 3 volcanoes here. The island is famous for it’s almost 1000 statues averaging 13 feet tall and weighing about 14 tons. Many are placed along the shoreline as seen in the photo below and were carved using stone from the quarry shown below. There are theories as to the reasoning for the statues and questions as to why this civilization collapsed.
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  • Day49

    En route vers Bounty Bay

    February 22, 2020, South Pacific Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Bounty Bay est une petite ile au milieu du Pacifique, en direction de Tahiti. C'est paraît-il sur cette ile que se seraient réfugiés les fameux révoltés du Bounty, mutins à bord du non moins célèbre bateau du même nom. Mais nous en reparlerons en temps utile.

    Hier soir, spectacle de reprises d'airs phares de comédies musicales un peu anciennes (comme les passagers...) : les Misérables, Miss Saïgon, Jésus Christ Superstar, Tommy des Who... Sympa mais trop peu de monde dans la salle pour cause de retour tardif des excursions, de fatigue, de crève à venir suite à toute la pluie que nous avons pris sur la tête. Il ne nous manquait que l'arche de Noé.

    Ce matin, un peu de marche, un peu de suivi de la répétition ouverte du groupe classique (ils étaient sur Carmen ce matin) et, cet après midi, visite de la passerelle avec le Commandant. Très bien, quoique un peu répétitif par rapport à la conférence qu'il avait donnée il y a quelques semaines. Mais le lieu est superbe, la vue n'en parlons pas et les équipements dernier cri, bien que le bateau fête ses 10 ans le 6 mars prochain. Nous avions plein de questions, mais le temps a manqué et on se les ait gardées sur l'oreille pour une prochaine fois.

    Après la pluie de l'escale hier, à nouveau le temps est splendide... Il paraît d'ailleurs qu'hier nous avons été à deux doigts de ne pas pouvoir mouiller et faire accoster les chaloupes à cause de la mauvaise météo. Dans ce cas, c'est nous qui l'aurions eu mauvaise!
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  • Day40

    Moorea, French Polynesia

    March 3, 2020, South Pacific Ocean ⋅ 🌧 81 °F

    Today we arrived in Moorea, French Polynesia.
    It is another island that is an old volcano. There are rugged, jagged peaks that have rather ominous clouds hanging around them. In fact, as we were just about to get off the ship this morning, it started to pour rain, so, after our experience in Tahiti, we waited for a bit until it stopped and got a good walk in the steamy, hot weather. When you sweat as much as we did, your first drink at happy hour is strictly for rehydration😉. We got off onto a road than went into the center of the island, so we saw some of the residences of people who live and work here. There were quite a number of very small agricultural farms primarily growing pineapples. The island is lush and verdant with tropical plants everywhere.
    Moorea is just 12 miles from Tahiti, so many people have weekend homes here and take the 30 minute ferry to get here.
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  • Day23

    The Pacific ocean off the coast of Chile

    February 15, 2020, South Pacific Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

    It’s amazing who you find in the middle of the ocean!
    Somehow, it’s quite exciting when you see another ship when you are out at sea. The ship that we met off the coast of Chile today happened to be our sister ship, the Silver Shadow.
    There was much horn-tooting, shouting and waving as we passed each other going opposite directions.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

South Pacific Ocean, Océano Pacífico Sur, Océan Pacifique Sud