04.18.2013 - 04.18.2013
Our Pacific Mysteries tour began with an early morning and a long day.
We arrived at the airport by 5 a.m., checked in for our flight and headed for breakfast. Jerry and Michelle, our companions on this trip, were waiting at the flight gate by 6 or so. By 7:15, we were in the air and headed to Los Angeles International Airport. The first leg of our fight was uneventful...which is good!
The layover at LAX went by rather quickly...just enough time for a beverage and then a light lunch before boarding the plane.
Our flight to Tahiti was booked on Air Tahiti airlines. We have nothing to complain about on the flight. The seats were fairly comfortable, the two meals served were fine for airline food, and we were offered (unlimited) beverages—including champagne, wine or beer—for the entire flight. Nice.
The plane landed on time, so we were walking into the Papeette airport around 7 p.m. Getting through Customs was a breeze and the cruise line picked up on checked bags and brought them to the ship, so we didn’t have to deal with our bags at all. Very nice!
A shuttle bus took us from the airport to the ship. This was our only time to view Tahiti, but because the sun sets here fairly early we didn’t see much of it. But we did see the ship all lit up from a mile or two away from the pier.
Our ship is the Marina owned by Oceania Cruise line. It is one of their biggest ships, but small compared to many other cruise ships. It holds about 1200 passengers. Once aboard, we were given our pass cards and sent to our rooms. The stateroom assigned to us is fantastic. The bathroom has a full sized tub and a shower. The mattress on the queen sized bed has a memory foam top. The window is actually a full sized patio door (that doesn’t open because we have no balcony—but the view is wonderful.)
A shower was in order after a long, long day of flying. Once we were cleaned and refreshed, we met Jerry and Michele in the grand dining room for a late, light supper. Beyond that, we were spent a little time unpacking our suitcases and then it was beddy-by time.