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Petoonya

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About Petoonya

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About Me

  • Location
    Oregon Coast, USA
  • Interests
    Grandkids, animals, cars, snorkeling, swimming, hiking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania and Windstar
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    French Polynesia

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  1. We're still stay-at-homers. I've become a cruise depositing fool. Three so far, one in April, one late May and one late November. Due to husbands health our options are limited to cruising, and while I may be sorely disappointed, hope the stars align to be able to follow through on at least one. So much has to evolve, safety of cruises, safety of the populations we visit, our own health, governmental restrictions and the big question- the development and efficacy of a vaccine. As older, retired, grandparents we'll surely be the last to get the vaccine- and it's difficult to fathom the time involved in distributing it and doing it by "essential-ness". 1,2,3 years even? I get so depressed at the prospect of not seeing my kids and grandkids indefinitely. The mere possibility of a cruise keeps my psyche in check in the absence of extended family, community volunteering, my minor job in health care. I admire those of you who abstain from putting good money out there subject to loss. Maybe I'm out of control but at this point I feel to hell with my potential squandering. It's cheaper than mental health counseling. And I'll be the first to admit to psychopathy.
  2. Sounds like a plan. I'll stay tuned. I've got a deposit on another Tahiti cruise as a fallback too. But 5/24/21 is my dream.
  3. There were only a couple vendors who asked for a deposit. By and large a handshake was good enough. Know you like to keep to Windstar excursions but take a look and ask questions if you like. Just 4-6 participants on each insures that we can accomplish a lot. Best wishes to you. Hope this thing comes to pass!!!!
  4. Well sooooo happy to meet you! And thanks for the info about Aremiti. It seems that both of their schedules are a little lighter than usual probably related to COVID? Wonder if you'd be interesting on doing in any independent excursions? I have some planned at just about every stop. Email if you're interested in any. Warning my descriptions with prices are loooooong! We are diehard snorkelers btw. petuniafish at gmail dot com
  5. Ann, know you won't regret. It's the trip of a lifetime. Be sure to have your cabin cheat sheet next to you so you can choose what cabin is the best of whats left. But don't fret if nothing great, people cancel all the time especially shortly before final. Nancy
  6. I had trouble reaching some of my providers too just because mmany were closed due to lack of tourism 😞 Maybe all this interest is lifting spirits.
  7. Zukini, You're amazing. I'd be thrilled for you if you do the May 6! Really gets you out of a heck of a fix. It is a bit painful to miss whale season but as my husband says "it gets me there sooner". (I'd been pushing for August 1.) I've been in both Sept and May and both were just perfect weather. Just wish we could have worked it out to go on the same cruise 😉 And yes those 4 nites in Moorea would certainly set you back some. Hope you get on the phone tomorrow and hold something for at least a few days. It's amazing how quickly this stuff is selling out. Keep in touch! Edit: "Barrycat" is doing the 18 day April 29 cruise so you'd have someone to help with with minimums for any independent excursions if you decided to do on your portion of the cruise.
  8. Any one ever taken the Aremiti Ferry? We always do Terevau and despite being the "fast ferry" they always seem to hang around he dock 30-45 min late. I've heard from locals that they operate on Tahiti time and can even leave earlier than expected. Neither ferry has decent times for our plan to do a day stay at the Hilton, Terevau leaving at 2pm and Aremiti at 4:40pm. Our ship's out at 6pm. Is Aremiti a little more on time? Slower? Maybe both companies schedules are limited due to the virus. Or maybe we should forget about the Hilton. Our ship is a 17 day and we're trying to do something with the extra day in Papeete in the middle of the cruise. Exhausted our possibilities of things to do on the big island of Tahiti.
  9. Sue, I'll be very interested in hearing what others say but the biggest reason is that YOU WILL NOT WANT TO GET OFF THIS SHIP. It is just breathtaking and you'll feel so spoiled. Our first was only a 7 day and I so regretted it- it passed too quickly. Big Edwin is right. If you stay in Moorea for a few days you will easily spend over $1200. Between the room and exorbitant price of meals you will not be saving any money. And the ferry cost and transport in Moorea. I don't feel Moorea is as exciting as Rangiroa and Fakarava, but it is still known as a jewel next to Bora Bora. Fakarava is not like any other atoll you. will ever see especially if you like snorkeling and beautiful sights and the Blue lagoon. Rangiroa has some amazing fish in the Aquarium and the exciting drift snorkel we do every time. Look up Ile aix Recifs on Tripadvisor too in Rangiroa. We've never been able to get enough people to make the trip but I watch the Youtube video and my mouth waters. $1200 for an extra 4 days....if you can talk your husband into it....it's so worth it. Keep in mind that the ship tours are expensive. I do all mine except one independently. I hope you change your mind. That ship is a dream in those waters. Just in case you want to avoid the rainy season you might consider May 6. It's $300 more , $2199, but gets you a bit more out of the rainy season. I have been at the height of the rainy season in November, December and January and each time had beautiful weather with a day or two of rain. Keep in mind it can rain anytime in Tahiti but it's mostly at nite with generally sunny days.
  10. I've written twice in 2 weeks and no response. Received a reply from Hilton Moorea. They are closed til sometime in July. We really enjoyed their day stay a year ago, great location, fabulous lunch $90pp. Windstar's 17 day is really a back to back 7 and 10 day so there is a full day in between in Papeete with not a lot to do. So we took an early morn ferry and enjoyed the Hilton all day. Excellent snorkeling. Let me know if you'd like the flyer.
  11. Thanks Lee. I went ahead with payment on Lagoon Service. Emailed Bruno about next spring and have yet to hear back, but he may have boarded up shop for a bit like so many others.
  12. Thanks to both of you. I was shocked to call back and find that I could get a credit waiver from United for two years! What a relief. You can never say never with the airlines. Everyone has a story to tell about working with the them through this thing. I was on Oceania April 2020 that was cancelled, Tahiti to SF. Had a one way fare on Air Tahiti Nui but purchased through their partner airline Qantas for less than ATN, so Qantas controlled the booking. A few days after the cruise cancel I waited on hold for 5 hours to find my tickets were non-refundable, worthless. $1400. A couple weeks later and another 5 hours on hold and I got a verbal waiver but no email confirmation. Several more 5 hour calls did nothing. So was going on trust that I had a waiver. Then out of the blue about 2 weeks ago an email from Qantas saying they were refunding ticket value to my credit card. I hadn't even had the audacity in all my phone calls to ask for a refund. Qantas just did it.
  13. I'm replanning a Tahiti cruise and so many of the vendors I used a year ago are shuttered up for good. With no work due to no tourism I worry about how they feed their families. Since it's a French protectorate hopefully the French government is supplementing.
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