Friday, 30 March 2012
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Again last evening, whilst leaving our anchorage, we had a sailaway party on the aft deck terraces, which is the place to hold such an event, as not only can the actual sailaway be witnessed, but as many people who want to join in, can do so by standing on the deck terraces to watch the fun, and listen to the music around the pool area of deck 8. We planned our after dinner entertainment to be the 8.30pm show in the theatre, followed by a cabaret comedian in the Pacific lounge at 9.45pm. Both Bobby Crush and Tom O'Connor are the planned acts for later in this final sector. Afterwards we spent time with friends in the warm evening air on deck 9 aft terrace, drinking wine and chatting until the early hours.
At 5.30pm this evening we will leave our berth and head for Panama and the Canal to the Caribbean, which we do for the full day passage on the 27th. March.
Friday, 23 March 2012
Monday, 19 March 2012
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Friday, 9 March 2012
Since the November 2011 refit, in which Oriana's stern was modified to accommodate some extra cabins in place of childrens facilities that are now no longer needed, it appeared that the aft deck 8, and the terraces would no longer be used for parties, as it was intended that this area would be kept as a tranquil space. The outdoor parties had been moved to the Riviera deck at the top centre of the ship. So far this has proved unpopular with passengers, and today, for the first time, with the permission of our fine Captain, Robert Camby, the sailaway was again held on the aft terraces. What a humdinger it was! If P&O read this, then please take note. The atmosphere for an event like this in this area can't be beaten.
Anyway, here are some more images of Tahiti, one of which is the one that should have been published earlier. Also shown is an image of Captain Camby grimacing at my magnificent drum beating that I showed earlier! Note the similarity to John Travolta? After leaving Tahiti, we picked up speed to maximum cruising speed, 22 knots, once we were back in open water, en route for Honolulu.
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Tahiti is the largest of the 130 islands of French Polynesia, which, as a whole, occupy an area the size of Kent, but are set in a sea which is 1000 times larger. We are currently 4,100 miles from Los Angeles, 3,800 miles from Sydney, and 5,900 miles from Tokyo. Tahiti comprises two, almost circular islands, Tahiti Nui, on which Papeete is situated, and the smaller, Tahiti Iti, joined by a narrow isthmus. Fringed by coral reefs and lagoons, the island reaches a maximum height of 7,352 feet, and has been home to many famous people, such as Captains Cook and Bligh, Gaugin, Somerset Maughan and Rupert Brooke.
We sail for Honolulu this afternoon at 4.00pm, all aboard by 3.30pm. Last night there was an outdoor tropical "pirates" party on Riviera deck, which went on into the night, but again, we chose to spend our evening on aft deck 9, after the show, which was a very respectable Freddy Mercury tribute act by the name of Steve Larkin. A group of friends joined us, and our own bottles of duty free Gordons gin and Schweppes tonic. Magic!
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Now the temperature has warmed up after leaving New Zealand, we are spending most of our evenings, after our chosen entertainment has finished, enjoying a bottle of duty free wine on the aft terrace of deck 9, until after midnight, chatting to friends. A very pleasant lifestyle!