DEPARTING PAPEETE - SEPTEMBER 2004
"PAPEETE PORT - The departure to the South Pacific cruise took place from the Autonomous Port of Papeete. The quality of the site of the Papeete harbour, connected to the ocean by a pass of 110 meters wide and 10.9 meters deep, was a major factor for the development of the port as early as the second half of the nineteenth century. But it was in the twentieth century, mainly from 1962 through 1966, that the port facilities improved significantly. The facilities include more than 2,500 meters of quays, including two berths for cruise ships, and several others for inter-island coasters, freighters, ferries to Moorea, catamarans and yachts"
"TAHITIAN PRINCESS - There were mainly two cruise possibilities for visiting French Polynesia. We opted for the Tahitian Princess - a six hundred and seventy passenger ship - because it was a ten day cruise and visited also Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands"
"POOL AND JACUZZI - It was probably the only time when both Jacuzzi tubs were not crowded"
"DEPARTURE - By 5:00 p.m. on the second day in Papeete, the Tahitian Princess was prepared to start moving, and the small yellow boat from the Port pilots was ready to show the way"
"GROUP PHOTO – With the pilot onboard, our group was also ready to go!"
"MOVING - With Papeete on our back, and the airport runaway on our left, the Tahitian Princess was heading to our next destination: Huahine!"
"SUNSET with clouds and Moorea in the horizon. The pilot was back again in the small boat..."