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All Ashore That's Going Ashore: San Francisco

USA | Tue, 7 May 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [64]

DAYS AT SEA MELDED TOGETHER as we cruised towards San Francisco, the slowly (but steadily) dropping temperature and the every-other-day time change were the only indicators we were heading northeast.  We scanned the night skies looking for the ... Read more >

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Crossing the Equator

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Thu, 2 May 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [34]

POLYWOGS NO LONGER, WE ARE FULL-FLEDGED SHELLBACKS.  And we have the certificate to prove it.  Somewhere last night we sailed across the Equator — 0° Latitude — neither North or South.  Sailors have a ritual ceremony presided ... Read more >

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Fakarava, Tuamotu Archipelago

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Sat, 27 Apr 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [41]

FAKARAVA IS YET A SMALLER ATOLL than Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Archipelago, 429 square miles overall but only 5% of it above water! It's almost nothing atoll.  Couldn't resist it.  It is hard to imagine life on an island isolated in the Pacific ... Read more >

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Rangiroa, Tuamotu Archipelago

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Fri, 26 Apr 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [48]

THIS IS THE FIRST DAY I’VE FELT WE WERE REALLY in Polynesia.  Rangiroa is an atoll, a lagoon encircled by coral reefs.  But not just any atoll — Rangiroa is one of the largest atolls in the world.  The sun is shining, ... Read more >

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Moorea, Society Islands

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Wed, 24 Apr 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [50]

DUE TO A SCHEDULING CHANGE WE DOCKED AT PAPEETE before Moorea.  The islands are so near each other that it hardly matters but this way works out better for us.  Instead of spending our 25 th anniversary looking at the Papeete mall we ... Read more >

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Tahiti, Society Islands

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Tue, 23 Apr 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [52]

IMAGINE A THOUSAND FOOT CRUISE SHIP pulling up right downtown.  That’s pretty much how the Maasdam docked at Papeete — just across from the mall!  And wouldn’t you know it, there wasn’t a taxi in sight. ... Read more >

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Bora Bora, Society Islands

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Mon, 22 Apr 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [42]

WE SPENT EASTER AT SEA.  CRUISING AT A STEADY 15 knots (about 20 mph) Maasdam covers roughly 500 NM on a cruising day, which brought us to the Society Islands.  Once again we anchored off shore, relying on the orange and white tenders to ... Read more >

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands

COOK ISLANDS | Sat, 20 Apr 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [35]

WE ARE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING BACK ON SCHEDULE.  Somewhere in all this water we crossed the International Dateline.  In addition to skipping Good Friday, we also skipped our port call in Nihue — it seems a resupply ship beat us to the ... Read more >

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Tonga

TONGA | Thu, 18 Apr 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [34]

IT’S 1000 NAUTICAL MILES FROM AUCKLAND TO TONGA.  For the non-seafaring — and that would include yours truly —a nautical mile is one minute (1/60 th of a degree) of latitude or 1.15 statute miles.  All of this is mox ... Read more >

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A Sailin' We Will Go!

USA | Thu, 11 Apr 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [88]

YOU MUST THINK US TERRIBLY SPOILED — dilettantes, perhaps.  Maybe so, but life is so short and let’s face it, you are dead for so long.  So we are off again, this time on a 24-night South Pacific cruise from Auckland NZ to San ... Read more >

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