Very pleasant and smooth cruise overall. Departure was on September 27th, an ideal sailing time for this route. Daytime temperatures were mostly in the mid 70s, seas were reasonable calm except for the first two days when some ships motion could be felt (not enough to deter any activity).
June 2009 - 12 Night Mediterranean Empires (Venice roundtrip) Cruise on Oosterdam
May 2009 - 12 Night Mediterranean Tapestry (Barcelona to Venice) Cruise on Oosterdam
November 2007 - 14 Night Southern Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Veendam
July 2007 - 16 days on Viking Danube
December 2006 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Veendam
May 2005 - 9 Night Eastern Canada & New England (Norfolk to Montreal) Cruise on Maasdam
August 2001 - 7 days on Mississippi queen
January 2001 - 10 days on Amsterdam
February 2000 - 7 days on Mississippi queen
June 1999 - 7 days on Ryndam
Sydney, Australia - Walked through town, downtown mall stores interesting. Visited the nice aquarium, but it was Saturday and filled with children. Took a Ferry back to the port. Not enough time. Several days or a week would be nice.
Noumea, New Caledonia - Nice port city. Took Choo Choo Train tour around town and onto hilltops. Excellent views.
Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu - Taxied a few miles to town, walked about. Enjoyed the waterfront parks and beaches. Took a boat taxi back to the ship.
San Diego, California - Airport arrival was only 3 hours before sailing time.
Suva, Fiji - Enjoyable. Walked about then returned to ship.
Mare Isle, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia - Interesting walk along shore. Small lagoons and pools.
Dravuni Island, Fiji - Interesting. Almost vacant island. Nice beachside sun bathing or coral snorkeling. Go for a walk up a steep hill.
Pago Pago, American Samoa - Enjoyable. Walked about then took local bus along shoreline, to airport and returned to ship. Cost was $10 per person.
Honolulu, Oahu - We got a day-pass on the public bus system for $2.00 (senior rate, must show Medicare card - otherwise $5.00). Bus route maps may be seen on TheBus.org. Better yet, the Google Maps App will show where to get busses , their routes, and your current location, transfer points, etc.
Maasdam - Soaps are supplied in bathrooms and the public laundry.
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