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Old 05-19-2006, 06:28 PM
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We are planning on taking a cruise on this ship in November. We would like to know the approximate cost of the excursions which ones are the best. Also, is the internet available on board? How fancy do the women dress for dinner? Should we book a post cruise hotel stay in Tahiti or bypass it?
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:29 AM
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You are going to love this experience. The ship is "country club" casual for dinner. I wore a navy blazer a couple of nights with an open collar/tropical shirt; some ladies in pant suits and cocktail dresses but overall, it's very laid back. Let me get back to you on the cost of the excursions - I'll have to check my files. I didn't have the time or I would have stayed a few days post-cruise in one of the over water bungalows - but I would not stay in Papeete. When I was on board, they did not have internet access but there are internet cafes in port.
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Old 05-22-2006, 12:46 PM
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Here's what I did (as I recall - couldn't find all my notes). On Raiatea we took the Snorkel and Black Pearl Farm excursion - (personally) you can skip the Black Pearl Farm but the snorkel portion was great fun. You can position yourself in the current and just "cruise" along, then get out, walk back up the beach, get back in, find the current and away you go again. In Bora Bora we did the Stingray/snorkel and that was GREAT FUN (more fun than Stingray City on Grand Cayman) because here there were reef sharks just a few meters away from us cruising back and forth - they only come so close but no closer. When you first spot them, the adrenalin really kicks in! After the stingrays they take you to an area where you can snorkel. On Moorea we rented a car and did our own thing. Some of the people I spoke to went to the shark feeding excursion and really enjoyed that. By the way - you can go on-line to www.rssc.com pick your cruise date, click on each of the days/ports - that will give you a list of the excursions - click on each of them for details including cost. Also, don't forget that the ship has its own marina where you can get equipment and sign up for water skiing around the ship.

One evening before dinner, we were having a cocktail on our veranda and happened to look down and saw a huge sea turtle just below the surface swimming along parallel to the ship. That was special.

You are going to enjoy just looking at the water and the islands - they are truly magical! Hope this all helps.

Writing all of this makes me want to do it again!
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Old 05-22-2006, 03:28 PM
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Thanks for your reply.We have not received literature about the excursions yet,however, we are feeling a bit overwhelmed since we can't do everything and want to choose wisely. Your thoughts are appreciated.

Did you shop for black pearls while there other than the black pearl farm? How are prices? I have been saving Macy's' ads with prices for black pearl jewelry.It's not a major thing I want to spend a lot of time for but thought if the prices were better than the states I might break down and buy some earrings since I have a pendant already. We are not shop-o-holics, what do you think? Worth the time investment?

We are on the bench for extra time before or after the cruise at a hotel. Some posters seem to be disappointed with the hotels after the cruise.

Did you spend money on ship for anything other than excursions? Also, did you purchase any trips off the ship(i.e. not from the ship)?

Thanks for your time. It is appreciated.
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Old 05-22-2006, 03:56 PM
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Regarding black pearl shopping - I purchased a pair of unmounted black pearls in Papeete to have cuff links made here. For me, it wasn't a question of price comparison as much as it was a way to bring something back to remind me of a wonderful time.

I did buy some things in the shop on board (on sale) that I still wear - a Tommy Bahama sweater and a logo polo shirt. If that's what you mean by buying things on board other than excursions.

Regarding pre or post - I've heard nothing but raves over some of the OWB accomodations.
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Old 05-22-2006, 05:10 PM
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Thanks again for your reply. I think that is a good way to think of a black pearl purchase. In terms of spending money aboard, I guess I meant the gift shop,spa and bar expenses. If one is "given" ship credit can it be used for excursions or solely for on board purchases?
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Old 05-24-2006, 01:43 PM
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Shipboard credits can be used for whatever you "purchase" on the ship - premium wine, spa treatments, boutique shop and excursions. The only thing you can't use them on is the casino.
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