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Some more tips for cruise passengers. If you have questions please send me an email, and I will add my answers and the information to this manual - as long as it is of general interest.

Things you should or might want to know ? or not?

The Rush to the Top Decks:
Whenever getting close to a port of call, the passengers hurry to the bow of the ship to get the best views of the islands/ports/cities to be visited.

However, this is not the only place from where you get great photos. Sometimes the sun rises towards one side of the ship, so you get great shots from there. Or you want to photograph how the tenders are lowered to the water. In general, however, the bow often really is the best place to take arrival photos. It clearly was the best place before the arrival in Moorea, as dolphins accompanied the ship, and they were in front of the bow. It is also interesting ? but just once ? to photograph how the anchor is being lowered. If you only want to hear it apply for a shaky bow cabin ;-)))

But really, you also get good shots from the sides, especially if you bother to climb the stairs to the top level. Most times the ship turns (around) before anchoring in a lagoon or landing at a dock.

Breakfast Timing:
On such shore days you also have to be prepared to go to breakfast earlier, as the queues start building up early. Plus, you want to have finished breakfast one hour before the tender or disembarkation tickets are handed out ? if you travel on the Pacific Sun and/or with this captain and his crew? ;-)

Just test it on the first occasion to get an idea how it is organised, and if and how it works.

The Photographers' Hush-hush Photo Rush:
At every port of call the ship?s photographers race out of the ship, and then assault you with their cameras. Then they sell those photos for AU$ 30. If the photos were really good or unique, we would have bought one or two, but apart from the ones taken in Fiji with a near-naked dancer they could have been taken anywhere. Often there was no specific background at all, sometimes just half a coconut palm, or part of a ship, or just sky. The only thing that identified the photos as having been taken here or there was the frame which said where it was.

After some shore days we declined to be photographed all together, so they could save their energy and the paper. They do not like to be photographed in return either, so if they annoy you just photograph them back ;-)

Some of the photos taken on formal nights were nice. We even bought the last ones, as they were embedded in a print of the itinerary of the cruise, so this was a nice memory.

Take a Copy of your Passport with you.
We had to drop off our passports before landing at the first of four French Polynesian islands, and they could only be picked up again after we had visited the last one of those islands. (BTW No queue there? ;-)
So in case a car rental company requests your passport there, have a copy ready and explain. We had been told to bring a passport and driver?s licence to our rental place in Raiatea, but in the end they only wanted to see a driver?s licence and credit card. So no explanations nor a copy needed. But better be prepared.

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  • Written Jul 5, 2009
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