Let's begin with yesterday afternoon which featured at 2:00 PM the Crew Tug O' War. There were many teams from the departments across Serenity. The defending team was the Waterside Waitstaff.
The teams are first introduced and make a grand entrance to cheering from the guests and once this is done the competition began.
In our early days of World Cruises the Engineer Department team would sometime win but in the last ten years the winning team has mainly been Waterside (formally Crystal Dining Room) waiters/head waiters.
Yesterday a new team won and that is the Specialty Restaurant Team. There was chatter the past few days that they could be the winners (they have a couple of very strong men) and yes they were.
As usual it was a lot of fun and Cruise Director did a great job announcing the event.
At 3:00 PM the next event was the Crystal Family Gold Medal Paddle Tennis tournament which featured guests who won a medal in the singles or mixed double tennis who were paired with a member of Team Serenity. Keith participated in the event.
Pairing are drawn by random with a key card of a guest drawn along with one from the crew to create the team.
The first photo is Keith with some of the members of the crew who were in the event shortly after they were practicing. The second photo is Keith with his partner Beatrice from the Bar team.
While Keith and Beatrice didn't win they had lots of fun as did everyone who participated. In the end this is what counts.
Before dinner we had a drink at the Avenue Saloon and also watched the World Cruise Choir perform at the Crystal Plaza.
Last evening was originally Crystal Casual as the original itinerary called for it to be a port day. However, due to the need to revise the itinerary for the medical stations which made this a sea day and the next day a port day Black Tie Optional was moved up to last night.
We already had made a date to have dinner with friendsJohn Clark and his lovely wife Pauline at Silk so we stayed with the dinner plans. Silk is the Asian restaurant serving Chinese Cuisine.
John is the golf instructor on-board for the entire World Cruise. In fact, John has been the instructor for all of the World Cruises we have taken with one exception.
We had a great time as we have in the past when we dine with John and Pauline. Since it was a Black Tie Optional night Silk was less crowded with more people dining at Waterside and the Supper Club. We also enjoyed a beautiful sunset.
This is the dinner menu from Silk.
These are photos from dinner.
The good news is before retiring to bed we set the clocks back. The difference is that we only set them back 30 minutes which does not happen very often.
We began the morning as we always do with a workout at the Fitness Center for Keith, breakfast and a walk for Anne Marie. Keith went for a haircut. Since today was originally a sea day but became a port day the Salon contacted Keith several days ago to see if he wanted to changed the appointment to a day earlier or a day later but Keith decided to keep it the same.
As they say, I see land. I see land.
We anchored off Nuku Hive by 8:00 AM. All guests who are disembarking at the end of this segment or at any of the French Polynesia ports had to go through Immigration today. This didn't impact us.
Niku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas Islands. It is part of French Polynesia and is part of France. The number of people on board Serenity between guests and crew represents slightly over 50% of the Islands population.
Major attractions include:
Baie Hatiheu which is the preferred bay of write Louis Stevenson.
Hakaui Valley & Vaipo Waterfall located west of the island.
Hikokua/Kamuiihei-Tahakia Archaeological Sites which was discovered in 1957 and were used for ancient festivals, rituals and human sacrifices.
Mt. Make which rises 2,834 feet and stands net to the town of Taiohae.
Notre Dame Cathedral which dates only to the 20th century.
The town is located within 300 yards of the tender drop-off.
When we stepped ashore we said we feel land. In all candor while some people couldn't wait to touch land we were fine. In the past we have had nine sea days on a couple of different cruises with one not planned due to a missed port. With so many activities the seven days at sea went by in a blink of an eye.
Two tours were offered for this island and we decided to visit it on our own. Our first tour will be in Papeete.
We walked along the shore for a good part of our time ashore. The views were nice and we stopped along the way. We also visited a few of the local shops. Every person you saw who was not a local was someone from the ship including fellow guests and member of team Crystal Serenity.
We spoke with some of the locals in the shop and around the town.
On our walk back to the tender pier we saw our Senior Waiter Kirsten who had lunch off today so she planned to enjoy the area. She remembered a restaurant she enjoyed the last time she was here.
The first two people we saw were Security Officer Ajoy and Nat
Isn't she lovely.
We enjoyed lunch back on board Serenity.
Following lunch we enjoyed a nice afternoon of Paddle Tennis for Keith and a walk by Anne Marie along with conversations with members of Team Serenity and fellow guests.
This evening we dine at Waterside.
Following is the daily Reflections Program.
Anne Marie & Keith