Day 16 – 19th January 2020, Cruising South Pacific

03 Viking Sun at anchor

Today I have managed to get the little point & shoot camera working, so I will be including more daily pictures from around the ship. The full frame 5D is great for taking photos, but with a power drive and separate flash, it is just too heavy to carry everywhere around the ship.

Enjoy a few new photos.

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Day 15 – 18th January 2020, Cruising South Pacific

03 Altered onto final approach with fresh beam wind

Judi wishes the seas were this smooth out here

Today we were scheduled to anchor off the Cook Islands, participating in the included excursion and an optional excursion. However, the deep depression currently passing through the area dictated we head directly to Tonga, so today is another relaxing sea day.

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Day 14 – 17th January 2020, Cruising South Pacific

Viking World Wonders Cruise Map

Itinerary Map now out of date

Today we received the news of our first schedule change of this cruise. Cruise ships frequently miss the Cook Islands due to weather and based on the Captain’s announcement, we are heading directly to Tonga, where we will enjoy an overnight.

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Day 13 – Bora Bora, Fr Polynesia – 16th January 2020

52 Tiki Bar weather forecast

Port – Brought up to Anchor about 07:30

After a short 160 mls steaming from Papeete, we were awakened by the tender preparation, one of which is directly below us. With a cabin above the tenders, the neighbours are quiet, but you can experience a little banging before tender ports – minor inconvenience in the overall experience. Today we signed up for the “Included” excursion, thoroughly enjoying a brilliant cruise around Bora Bora.

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Day 12 – Alongside Papeete, Tahiti – AM Tour

Judi at our 4x4

Baby 4×4 Mazda Truck

With an overnight and full day in Papeete, we signed up for the AM 4×4 excursion to the volcano caldera and rain forest. We have completed tours around the island on previous visits, so this time we fancied a trip to the interior.

This excursion definitely did NOT disappoint, being way above our expectations.

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Day 11 – Alongside Papeete, Tahiti

Oh Tahiti E show 01

One of the highlights of visiting Papeete aboard a cruise ship is the performance by a local dance troupe, performing traditional Polynesian music and dancing. We queued for over 1/2 hr to ensure we scored seats in the Theatre, and the performance by “O Tahiti E” did not disappoint.

Enjoy the photos from the show.

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Day 11 – 14th January, Arr Papeete, Tahiti

 

06 Kayaks on the port bow

Kayaks arriving at harbour entrance at same time as Viking Sun

Today is a mixture of sea day and port day, as we dock in Papeete, at the North end of Tahiti by 18:00. The later arrival guarantees an overnight in port and that no early morning is required to watch the arrival.

Read on to learn about our first sea/port day.

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Day 9 – Nuku Hiva, 12th January

02 Taoihae Bay panorama

Taiohae Bay Panorama

Our first port of call after 8 sea days and about 3,000 miles, since departure Los Angeles. The islanders are in the initial stages of developing a tourist industry, so at present have minimal infrastructure in place,especially for cruise ship visits on a Sunday. They only receive about a dozen cruise ship visits per year.

Read on for a description of the island, some history and our walking tour of the bay.

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