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We are booked for the 34 day portion and can hardly wait. We were on the Star Clipper in October from Atehns to Goa ,India We are in Cabin 330. :) The 24 days we had were wonderful.

 

Ed/Sue

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I am booked on the Tahiti - Lisbon cruise, 66 days in total! I am already thinking what to take. Still 7 1/2 months to go, but already 2 months gone since booking.

I will be flying to Tahiti on February 10, arriving in Papeete the 11th, so I will have till Sunday to get adjusted to the heat and time difference. Have not booked a hotel yet.

I know from one other person who will be on the 34 day trip.

Can't wait.

Pralientje:D:cool::)

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Great to see other transpacific passengers on here. You have to be very adventurous! I will be sailing alone for the 1st 34 days (cat 3, cabin 110). Could not get anyone to join me. Everyone thinks I am totally crazy to be on the Pacific for 34 days. Two will be joining me in Panama when we will switch to cat 2, cabin 326 for 2 weeks on the Caribbean. Absolutely cannot wait!

 

-Walt

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Going to be celebrating my 70th on this sailing, did my 60 th Costa Rica. we are going to spend a couple of weeks there after the sailing. Hope to see more people coming on this.;)

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I will be sailing solo from Tahiti to Panama,,, have previously done the Royal TransAtlantic and the Star Clipper Athens to Phuket, and was in Tahiti on the Flyer last Nov.,,,and Clipper on a short one out of St Martin,, love to be sailing! It's going to be a great trip! I will fly into PPT on Feb 12th,, hotel still undecided...:D:cool:

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We are going in a week before sailing. We are booking a place at Bali High in Morrea. Have to get climatized. We leave this Sunday for Ireland and France for 3 weeks. Have to start brushing up on my French speaking.;)

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I'm really excited about this one. I'm doing Papette to Panama. Did Thailand to Greece on the Star Clipper last year. It was the best cruise ever for me and I've done a few.

 

I may be the only smoking criminal on this trip... but if there are others.... A carton in French Polynesia runs about $90 if I remember correctly. There seem to be no restrictions on how many you can fly into Papette. I wish I'd known this the last time I was out there. I'm going to try to bring in enough to last me the whole trip. On the Star Flyer, cigarettes were not sold.

 

For internet junkies.... Although Star Clippers offers the internet on their week cruises, no connection was available on the Thailand-Greece trip. Be prepared to be out of contact for the days at sea on this one. I don't know this, but I suspect it will be true. I doubt SC has a connection across the Pacific. The same may be true for TV.

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Hi all,, I got lucky yesterday and found reward rooms at Hilton in Tahiti,, think it used to be another brand and it did not show as available for quite some time, but I snagged 2 nights free last night,, so that is all good.

 

Anyone getting off in Panama? Know of any hotels there that are good? (I know from past experience when I get off of an ocean crossing I am only good to laze around a pool for a few days, to the thought of downtown Panama City hotels is not enticing),, right now looking at Intercontinental that is on the beach, slightly out of town... maybe piece together one paid night and a couple of freebies on points,, any other ideas?? Also want to do tour of Miraflores locks and Panama Canal on Sunday or Monday after disembarking,, anyone have any info on tours?

 

And my experience on the internet, while Star Clippers advertise internet connection, reality is as soon as they leave the "zone" - which is only known to them,,, you lose your ability to SEND internet messages. On both the Royal Transatlantic crossing in 2005 and the 2007 Indian Ocean crossing, I could still RECEIVE internet messages the entire way,, but mid stream, with no advance announcement, Star Clippers started charging a cost per page to receive emails - maybe like 1 Euro per page,,,(so tell your friends to only email if necessary and keep it short,, no long banners on their emails, it will cost you another page worth!!) - but in case of emergency, it is good to know you can receive and in dire emergency you can send out. Not sure if the Pacific crossing would be any different, but suffice to say,, outgoing really not an option after a certain point. That point may be the Tahiti dock, who knows,, or maybe once leaving BoraBora,, not sure about Marquesas. Generally cheaper to get off and find internet cafe, except in French Polynesia, which generally has prices so high the Star Clipper prices look like a bargain.

 

Hey Old Backpacker,, have you tried one of those "Electronic" cigarettes,, apparently it gives you nicotine but none of the smoke or smell,, maybe you fill it with nicotine cylinders or something,,, reusable,, would be great for sailing trip and no hassle packing multiple cartons of cigs,,,) saw it on TV (I am ex smoker so one of those "don't come near me while you are smokin kinds,,,").

 

That's all for today,,, wishing I could get a quick sail in Nov or so but our company cut back our vacation, pay, pension and just about everything else this year,, so short on vacation days for sure,,, gonna have to make it till Feb!!!

 

Has anyone looked at the new Star Clippers blog site (think starclippersblog.com)? Haven't seen too much activity there,,,

I wanna be sailing,,,,, talk to you all later, Gail:cool::D

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Just got back fom practicing my French in France and testing the Guiness in Ireland. We will be getting off in Panama and going to Costa Rica for a couple of weeks. Was ther for my 60th , so might as well do it for my 70th. Found good air fares using Hawaiian Air. Now looking where to stay for acouple of days in Thaiti be forwe boarding. Had a friend who wanted to go also but all is booked. :eek:

 

Ed/Sue

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So Ed, from reading your post, it sounds like the cruise is sold out? Did I interpret that correctly?:confused: Hmmm, guess not surprised if that is the case as I recall other trans-oceanic repositioning cruises have also sold out fast.

 

I stayed at Intercontinental in Moorea last Nov for 5 nights, it was really nice. IC has an "Ambassador Club" you can join and they give you automatic upgrade (we got a separate Garden Cottage, it was great) and late checkout, etc. for a fairly reasonable club membership fee, and it comes with a free night coupon as well. We rented a car one day, but Moorea is nice in that many restaurants will send a car to pick you up if you have no car (in both cases we did this, it was the chef/owner who came to pick us up,, what a hoot, you had to wait till a gap in the dining action to get the ride home, but waiting was never a sacrifice). There is also a little shop at the top of the IC driveway, and a few restaurants in walking distance. I walked by the Bali Hai but did not go in - one day while on the ship. It is on one of the bays where the ship anchors on the 7 night Tahiti sail.

 

Still researching Panama with no decisions,,, reading about the Barro Colorado Smithsonian Research Institute, sounds like an interesting way to spend a day...

 

later, Gail

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Ed, Sue,

 

do you happen to know if the 2nd leg (Panama-St. Maarten) and/or the 3rd leg (St. Maarten/Lisbon) are also sold out? Just curious.

Have not decided yet where to stay in Tahiti. Will book my air fair from Lisbon to Amsterdam tomorrow.

Perhaps it would be a good idea if the people who will be staying a couple of days before the cruise start, to meet and have a drink.

Still 6 1/2 months to go, so plenty enough time to think it over.

Pralientje

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We finally booked our air to Tahiti. we are going Hawaiian Air. We got buisness class for 1750. Got to stay over night in Honolulu, but it is worth it. We get in on the Friday the 12th. will need to get a room for a couple of nights. Any sugestions? Drinks sound good. We are getting our booze at the duty free before we board in Hawaii. We will be spending a couple of weeks in Costa Rica before coming home. I only know the first leg:rolleyes: is full. It will be a one time sail from Tahiti to Panama.

 

Ed

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MY wife and I are taking the first part of the cruise to Panama. Would like to get to Tahiti a couple of days early and had been looking at the Hawaian airline connection also. This will be our 5th time on a Clipper ship. Have gone both ways across the Atlantic on the Royal, did Phuket to Athens in the spring of 2008, a short Phuket to Singapore as part of a Vantage tour so are really looking forward to this trip.

We are also planning on 4-5 days in Panama to store up the heat before we head back to chilly Chicago.

BTW: the get together for the early arrivals sounds great.

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Hi Terrypilot and wife,, welcome to our little group,, we are almost in the 5 month zone (yes, 5 mo from now in Tahiti,,, getting in the sailing frame of mind,,,,). Let me know if you all decide on some great hotel in Panama City, still struggling with that one (can't see being in city following so many days at sea,, still searching for perfect hotel with swim up bar to use to ease back into landlife).

 

A meet up the night before sailing in Tahiti will be fine. Gail

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Sorry to jump in...wish we could join you all. If you're looking for a place to get together in Papeete, I would suggest just meeting at the Roulette's. Specifically, the Red Crepe truck. You can have anything from dinner to dessert there and they are right at the dock where the Star Flyer is docked. We've made it a point to visit that truck both times we've been there.

 

Mike

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Hi All:

 

I like the idea of meeting Saturday night (2/13/10) in Papeete. The Roulettes are highly recommended everywhere I have read about them. I am sure we can find a place to toast our adventure. Anyone else want to join me scuba diving on Saturday or for an island tour? Can't wait... only 147 days away! -Walt

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Hi Walt, I was thinking of doing an island tour on Sat since I did not get to see Tahiti on the last trip, other than downtown Papeetee,, so if you want to hook up on that, I am game. Do you want to rent a car or we can research and sign up for one of the standard ones offered?

 

I am staying in Hilton, not quite sure where that is,, need to find out. Let me know where you are staying and we can coordinate, and if others want to join. I stayed last time at Intercontinental and I recall they did a 1/2 day tour and a full day tour that you could book out of the hotel, or I figure my travel agent could find us one to book also if you want to go that route. I will find my Fr Polynesia guidebook from before and see what I can find listed. Might be good to prebook if possible. I get in 7 or 8PM Fri night,, so Sat is my only full day before boarding.

 

I do think I will see if travel agent will book my transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to ship, as taxis are very expensive and I think the pre-booked transfers are quite a bit cheaper,,, we did that last time and it worked well.

 

I am good on meet at Roulettes Sat night,, I know they were all open late at night but don't know what time they start up, but am game for whatever! Good suggestion Mike,, thanks!

 

OK,, I have my bathing suits,, dance dresses,, am ready,, just have 5 (less than,,,) more months of that nasty work to get through!!!! :D:DGail

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OK, one more thing Gail, Because you mentioned renting a car. Like you, the first trip we didn't get to see much of Tahiti except for downtown Papeete by the Pier.This last trip, since we stayed over 2 days after the cruise, we decided to rent a car and tour the island by ourselves. We both agreed afterwards, we wished we would have just taken one of the 4X4 tours that goes into the interior of the island. Although we enjoyed ourselves, with the developement along the highway and because the road hugs the coastline, it offers very few opportunities for the vistas we were hoping for. That combined with the usual stress you get from driving in an unfamiliar locale, having to be picked up at the hotel & driven back to the office in downtown Papeete & of course the same when you return the car made for a very long day. A 1/2 day tour and half day laying at the beach would have been much more relaxing.

 

Not familiar with the Hilton, we stayed one night pre at the Sofitel and 2 nights post at the Radisson. Of the two, we much preferred the Radisson.

 

Mike

 

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Walt, Gail and everybody else,

 

It is a pity I don't scuba dive but only snorkle. But if you do decide to do an island tour, please count me in. As fas as my memory goes I have done the 4x4 and loved it. The tour guide showed us a lot of special plants and we swam under a waterfall, pretty cold but fun to do, especially with the warm weather. Are you planning on arranging this before hand? Since I will be arriving the 11th, perhaps I could be of some help. Afterwards we could all end up at the Roulettes:rolleyes:. So if people are interested, please sign up, so we can make some arrangements.

Also counting!:D

Ineke

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The 4X4 excursion would be great on Saturday, 2/13. I can scuba dive on Sunday prior to boarding Star Flyer. I would snorkle anytime, too. Thanks to Budaman's comments, renting a car does not sound like much fun with limited time. Riding in a 4X4 sounds more exciting and would include breath taking vistas. I don't mind going on a long tour. Any ideas for reserving a 4X4 tour? One day closer... Walt :p

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Just got back from a 30 day cruise around British Is. Norway, Iceland, Greeland. An old friend from the trip from Athlens to Phuet last Oct is joning us for the first leg also. Meeting for dinner sounds like fun. We are also snokelers. We got the new catalogue from Stat Clipper and it looks lgood for Costa Rica area next year. It also show the first leg to Panama.

Gor to get more Hawaiian shirts fo rthe trip.;)

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Hi all, I have been poking around looking for tours, looks like we have some choices, the full day circle tours that include Tahiti-iti? the little penninsula,, or shorter circle tour or 4x4 which is more nature oriented (half day, full day),,, would be fun to find one that had some touring and some snorkling. The 4x4 tour ad said they picked you up at various hotels, seems like you can arrange online and the trick would be to get us all on the same tour, even though we may be staying at different hotels.

 

And I found a posting for Chinese New Years, the day we sail away! Maybe this will be a good omen,, to sail on Chinese New Year.... Gail

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Chinese New Year

February 14, 2010

The Chinese community of Tahiti celebrates the New Year on the date given by the Chinese horoscope for that particular year. This year is the Year of the Tiger. The program of festivities begin with the official opening ceremony at the Kanti temple of Mamao and is followed by several events including the parade of the lion through all the neighboring shops and finishes with a ball at the Chinese Philanthropic hall. A cultural day is also organized to discover the magic of Chinese folk culture; song, dance, martial arts and culinary arts.

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Got back from our 30day cruise around UK. Norway , Iceland, Greeland, and Nova Scotia. Not to far off to start looking for more Hawaiian shirts. Dinner sounds good at the Red Crepe truck. Going to have a friend from our Star Clipper trip last Oct with us also on this trip. We are also snokelers. I have used their stuff before. The fins are OK, but will bring own mask. We will be staying Fare Suisse Guess house for two nights.

Is anyone bringing booz with them? I'm bringing a botle of Johnny Walker Green. Sue will bring hers also (RED), for the evening drink before dinner and after on deck.

 

ED/Sue:D

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Ed and Sue, it sounds like you all are having too much fun!! Making me jealous!

 

On the supplies front, I expect to stash a bottle or two of single malt, gonna be that long stretch across the Pacific with no stops!! When we did the Indian Ocean crossing we got off in Cochin and Goa and hit the (very interesting) liquor stores in India, but this trip will be a bit more ocean and fewer stops, so figure have to stock up before boarding (stick it in your checked luggage, seems to be no problem...).

 

Other than refreshments, think sun screen will be the other big stock up item, since we will be so close to the equator, think it will be a very hot sail!

 

A friend told me that we would be sailing in "the wrong direction" and I looked at various charts, globes, maps and it does look like almost all ocean currents will be running west as opposed to east, as we will be sailing.. Anyone out there know anything about this? Think we will be 16 days on Pacific bumping those waves the entire time?

 

4 months from now we are sailing!! Gail:D

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We took the Star Clipper from Athens to Goa in 2008. I was a great time. We had a bottle of Irish single malt. It barley made it the 24 days. the liquor in India is all Indian stuff and it almost drink able with a lot of coke or 7up. We will have bought our stuff in Hawaii at the duty free store before we leave. We are flying Hawaiian Air from LAX. It is good we are going to get together the evening before at the Red Touch at the dock. This way we can compare notes. We have been to a used book store to get books for the trip. I hope some one play Cribbage or Picnocle or even Spades. It is going to be a great trip!

Ed:D

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Hi Gail, Ed & Sue, el al:

 

Besides Chinese New Year, Feb. 14th is also Valentine's Day. All good omens! Thanks for the insight, Gail.

 

Sounds like I am on the same plane as Ed & Sue (arriving about 10:45 PM on 2/12)...and coincidentally, I am also staying at the same B&B for two nights! Maybe we will meet waiting for our plane in LA or Honolulu.

 

It will be challenging to bring enough booze on board for such a long voyage, at least the way I plan on drinking. :D I smuggled beer & rum on the Royal Clipper in the Caribbean a couple of years ago with no problem. Saw other crew members doing the same thing. But we were stopping everyday on another island to resupply. Am expecting booze bill to be much higher on this adventure.

 

Gail, also have been reading about weather. Feb. & Mar. time frame is still hurricane season in French Polynesia. I assume we will be heading into the easterlies, tacking back & forth all the way to Panama. It will all work out and we will have the time of our lives. -Walt

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Hi Gail, Ed & Sue, el al:

 

Besides Chinese New Year, Feb. 14th is also Valentine's Day. All good omens! Thanks for the insight, Gail.

 

Sounds like I am on the same plane as Ed & Sue (arriving about 10:45 PM on 2/12)...and coincidentally, I am also staying at the same B&B for two nights! Maybe we will meet waiting for our plane in LA or Honolulu.

 

It will be challenging to bring enough booze on board for such a long voyage, at least the way I plan on drinking. :D I smuggled beer & rum on the Royal Clipper in the Caribbean a couple of years ago with no problem. Saw other crew members doing the same thing. But we were stopping everyday on another island to resupply. Am expecting booze bill to be much higher on this adventure.

 

Gail, also have been reading about weather. Feb. & Mar. time frame is still hurricane season in French Polynesia. I assume we will be heading into the easterlies, tacking back & forth all the way to Panama. It will all work out and we will have the time of our lives. -Walt

 

We got a hotel(Park Shore) and car for one day in Honolulu. Going to pick up some more Hawaiian shirts for the trip. We have a few friends there from when I was doing me Naval reserve duty ther in the 80s and 90s:D. Will see you at LAX. We will rent a car and stay over night and have them take us to LAX. Will probaly stay at Sheradin 4 Points. We have stayed there before. Not long now before we leave. We are taking a 9 day cruise to Mexico on Jan 2 to get up going and practice packing.

Ed:cool:

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Ed and Sue, it sounds like you all are having too much fun!! Making me jealous!

 

On the supplies front, I expect to stash a bottle or two of single malt, gonna be that long stretch across the Pacific with no stops!! When we did the Indian Ocean crossing we got off in Cochin and Goa and hit the (very interesting) liquor stores in India, but this trip will be a bit more ocean and fewer stops, so figure have to stock up before boarding (stick it in your checked luggage, seems to be no problem...).

 

Gail:D

 

Hi Gail,

Ed and I did the Star Clipper to India also last year. We then spent 5 weeks in India and Nepal. You can definitely say the Indian liquor stores are interesting. Well, the goal is to make people stop drinking! and it would work for me if I didn't have a ready supply.

 

I'll ask my sailor friend about the currents, etc. He and his girlfriend sailed to the Marquesas about 30 years ago.

 

Sue

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Hi Y'all:

 

Sue & Ed, et al: A bit of a correction...I am flying Hawaiian Airlines from LAX on Friday, 02/12/09, with a connecting flight # 481 in Honolulu, arriving in Tahiti at 9:45 PM. I am not staying overnight in Hawaii, so won't see you until flight # 481, if that is the one you are on. I am also in business class, however they won't let me make a seat assignment yet on that last leg. Did you get seat assignments yet? I would love to buy duty free booze in Honolulu. But not sure where to put it as I am going to be packed to the gills with limited luggage for 52 days. Dare I leave behind the umbrella & raincoat in favor of booze? :rolleyes: Looks like it is rainy season in Feb. Can't wait! I want to swim with sharks! - Walt

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Hi Y'all:

 

Sue & Ed, et al: A bit of a correction...I am flying Hawaiian Airlines from LAX on Friday, 02/12/09, with a connecting flight # 481 in Honolulu, arriving in Tahiti at 9:45 PM. I am not staying overnight in Hawaii, so won't see you until flight # 481, if that is the one you are on. I am also in business class, however they won't let me make a seat assignment yet on that last leg. Did you get seat assignments yet? I would love to buy duty free booze in Honolulu. But not sure where to put it as I am going to be packed to the gills with limited luggage for 52 days. Dare I leave behind the umbrella & raincoat in favor of booze? :rolleyes: Looks like it is rainy season in Feb. Can't wait! I want to swim with sharks! - Walt

 

Walt,

We are leaving Thursday and are spending the night and catching the same flight #481 on the same day as you. I can always make room for a bottle in my luggage!!:D We aere going to need light wieght clothing for this trip anyway. Shorts, Hawaiian shirts. I got couple of krinkle cotton pants from Tilley for the evening. Are going to spend anytime in Panama before going home?? We are goiong to spend a week in Costa Rica before flying home. Not to much longer now. I wonder if you can sleep on deck in a hammock?/ WE plan on bringing our. We always bring them with us when we traveling the tropics

 

Ed;)

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Walt, I say ditch the raincoat and umbrella,, you have to recognize the relative priorities of refreshments that are not at the current Euro/Dollar rate! We are going to have a blast! Gail:cool:

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Only 100 days before we set sail! It has been snowing here (not sticking) on Lake Michigan already this Fall. So, Tahiti is sounding better as each day gets colder and Winter approaches in the Midwest. Gail, I agree... I am forgoing the raincoat & umbrella in favor of booze. :D Gives "getting wet" new meaning. Been searching around for Tahitit 4X4 excursions. I am leaning toward the half day tour on 2/13/2010 as I read one reviewer who said the whole day tour was way too long to be bumped around. One reviewer said not to make advance reservations as you won't get a refund if you find something better once on the island. Not unexected, I keep finding contradicting reviews. Here are some sites that I found for 1/2 day 4x4 Tahiti tours:

 

Natura Expeditions (5,500 XPF or about $68 USD): http://www.thetahititraveler.com/touristinfo/activitiesdetail.asp?activityid=15

 

Maramatours (6,200 FCP or about $77 USD): http://www.maramatours.com/reservation/anglais/step1b.php

 

Tahiti Safari Expeditions (4,000 XPF or about $50 USD): http://www.tahiti-safari.com/indexus.cgi?safari

 

Patrick Adventure (4,500 XPF or about $56 USD): http://www.thetahititraveler.com/touristinfo/activitiesdetail.asp?activityid=17

 

Any opinions from y'all? Who is interested in the 1/2 4X4 tour? I am open to anything as I will have a great time no matter what we do.

 

Also, what do you use to deter seasickness? I have a feeling we may have some wild days at sea. I've used Dramamine successfully but get dry mouth. Has anyone used the prescription patch Transderm SCOP (scopolamine)? I will check with my doctor. Are you getting any pre-trip immunizations? I will be continuing through the Panama Canal and into Columbia, so will be getting some.

 

See you in 3 months! ;) -Walt

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Hi to all the 34 dayers Tahiti to Panama. Wife and I will be arriving Papeete early morning on the 11th (6AM!!) having flown ORD to LAX on AA and then Air Tahiti Nui leaving at 11:30 PM. On arrival we will procede to the Radisson where they are offering a buy 2 get one free package so we get the 3 nights for $452.73. We would love to get together for the 4x4 drive around the island and definitely for the gathering on Saturday night. No worries about having to drive that night and can sleep in next day!!

Will be interested in exchanging thoughts of supplying the refreshment center in our cabins. When my wife and I took the Star Clipper to Athens in 2007, we found a store just up the street from where we boarded and were able to get a goodly supply and get it in the suitcase before they were boarded. Then we found shop in Goa and also the duty free in Sharm El Sheik that carried us through to Athens. Does anyone have any idea of possible resupplying on any of the islands we stop at? Greatly appreciated it you do. Also anyone with suggestions of hotels in Panama would be welcome.

Happy sailing

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Will be interested in exchanging thoughts of supplying the refreshment center in our cabins. When my wife and I took the Star Clipper to Athens in 2007, we found a store just up the street from where we boarded and were able to get a goodly supply and get it in the suitcase before they were boarded. Then we found shop in Goa and also the duty free in Sharm El Sheik that carried us through to Athens. Does anyone have any idea of possible resupplying on any of the islands we stop at? Greatly appreciated it you do. Also anyone with suggestions of hotels in Panama would be welcome.

Happy sailing

:rolleyes:We will be stocking up as much as possible in Hawaii at the DFS. We will each have a bottle of Scotch (SINGLE MALT) and some munchies. At each of the stops we will try and replenish the munchies;). We just spent a week in Puerto Penasco(Mexico) trying out some tropical shirts in warm weather and testing the beer. I've already got 6 books(paper backs) lined up. Reading material will be at a premiem.:)

Ed

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Hi all, just wrote a long post and lost it before posting, so this is short version,,, ok, so it went long,,, I am ready rock steady for this trip to begin!!

 

Tours - Walt, thanks for the research, I am good with 1/2 day and can go AM or PM (people might want to shop AM Sat, think stores are closed PM), but I am easy.

 

Liquor/drink: There is a Carefour (sp?) store somewhere close to town, and I heard wine prices are fairly good there. Did not see any restocking places on the rest of islands in 7 day sail last year,, not where we stopped at least, but maybe in BoraBora where we anchor by the main town. I will check on Marquesas, but figure their liquor has to be shipped from Tahiti,, so....

Also, when you pay the bill for final ship fare, you have to fill out some paperwork and there is an option to order bottles of wine in advance, so you pay in US$ and skip the exchange fee and possibly higher Euro rate at end of sail on your bar bill. They will keep the wine at the bar, serve it for dinner, or you can keep in your cabin.

 

Seasickness - I do 2 ginger caps every AM, carry candied ginger for rougher seas, move to chopped raw ginger if high seas and Bonine if really rough, and save the patch for Antarctica trips crossing the Drake Passage (makes me sort of dizzy and dry mouthed, not pleasant). My recipe is keep upside, keep food on stomach, and don't go below if its rough till I am really really tired! Generally works...

 

Terry Pilot - I am still struggling with hotel in Panama City,, have reservations for the Intercontinental Bonita Beach,, but not sure it is what I want. I know I want something with pool and beach, can't see moving right to downtown after that long at sea,, but also think IC might be isolated and expensive to get into town from, tours, etc. Seems that Sunday and Monday are hard days to get tour passage through canal,,(they offer it on other days, as a tour) and also checked the Smithsonian Institute Barro Colorado site, but no tours those days, but figure will do the Miraflores locks tour, and many are recommending the native Indian village type tours. I may lay poolside for 3 days too!

 

OK,, talk to you all later! Gail

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Hi sailor new in town??:D

We tried out box wine from BevMo's and Target:eek:. They were drinkable. We tried box wine in France and they were GOOD. A lot more wineries are going the way in France. The 3 liter size were the best for four people or more. They can keep the box in the dinning room or at the bar for us. Wine glasses are another subject. I 've used everything from paper cups to plastic wine glasses. I evev taken my own glasses(Riedel) for a special wine at a place that onlt thick glass ones.

As far as tours we are still open for suggestions. We are snokelers. Will bring our own mask and snokel. Now long now. Wew are taking a 9 day cruise to the Mexican Riveria on 2nd JAn. to test out the new shirts and box wine.

 

Ed

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Hello Fellow Adventurers:

 

Many thanks to those responding! Just received confirmation of my final payment for the 34 day leg of our sailing adventure. Now, I am really excited! Get those payments in to secure your reservations! :D

 

How about definitely meeting for a cocktail toast and bite to eat at 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, 2/13/2010 at the Papeete Harbor Roulettes' "The Red Crepe" truck? It is supposed to be near where we will board the Star Flyer the next day. We can decide where to toast the beginning of our journey at that time. Any other suggestions are fine. Just thought we should have a meeting point and go from there. FYI...from my research, looks like it will be very dark outside as the sun sets before 5 PM (and rises before 5AM) and there will be a new moon then.

 

Also, for those interested, how about the 1/2 day 4X4 Tahiti tour with Natura Expeditions on Saturday before our cocktail hour? I have read all good things about their tours. I will try to call them for more details as far as a later start time and to verify the cost (5,500 XPF, $68 USD). Am hoping they understand English. Do any of you speak French? Again, am open to suggestions.

 

NATURA EXPLORATION

PO. Box 381 236- 98 718 Punaauia- TAHITI

Contact: Mr. Arnaud LUCCIONI

Telephone- (689) 43.03.83, Cell- 79.31.21, Fax- (689) 43.03.83

1 Landrover. 4x4 excursions of Tahiti island and her Tahiti-iti peninsula. Minimum of 1 passenger, maximum of 8, Groups up to 40 passengers also possible...

 

I have never been to Tahiti before but love excitement. For the adventurous ones caring to join me to celebrate pre-Valentines & Chinese New Years Day, I am hoping to go bar hopping Saturday evening after our meeting and stumble back to the guest house late. Have read about wild bars & late night shows on Saturday evenings. This may be our last evening out before Panama.

 

80 days until we meet. Hope you are excited, too. -Walt

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Walt,

 

Thank you for finding out the details of the 4x4. Now there are at least two of us who want to do this. Whatever company you choose, is fine with me. What guesthouse are you staying? I am thinking of booking the Radisson, like Terrypilot and his wife. I found the same offer, stay 3 nights and pay for two, including a terrace with jaccuzi! I think I am on the same flight as Terrypilot, arriving Papeete on February 11, at 06.30 in the morning. Since check in is not before one o'clock, I make sure I put my swim suit in my carry-on, so I can at least have a swim.

The flight time is the only thing I am not looking forward to, the first leg is just one hour, then 11,5 hours from London to Lax, then 8.5 hours to Papeete. I am glad I have some days to recover, before boarding. Does anybody know who will be the captain and/or maitre d'? I am also wondering if there will be painting lessons available, like on the Transatlantic crossing.

Gail, I have never heard of the possibility to order wine? I will ask my travel agent about it. Perhaps it is again something that is not available to European guests. Will you avoid the 12.5% surcharge on your bar bill this way or do you have to pay a cork fee. As far as I know the bartenders are depending on the 12.5%, that is how they earn their income.

Is anybody taking any shots for yellow fever and/or Hep A/B :confused:?

Only if Star Clippers will have an excursion to the Indian village, I will get of the ship in Panama, but if not I will stay on the ship, but I have read that in some places in the Carib. you need a yellow fever shot, coming from an area where yellow fever is present, otherwise you are not allowed to get off the ship. Would really appreciate any info on this.

Only 10 1/2 weeks to go:D.

Have a nice weekend.

Ineke

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Hi all, I have paid my final fare too,,, and bought the sunscreen,, can leave tomorrow....

 

Walt, PM tour sounds good, think we should all call and ask to be on the WALT tour, afternoon, half day? They can hopefully tell us if they will pick us all up at relative hotels (usual I think, but if we are spread out could take a long time) or if we need to meet up in town, and when. Have you tried calling them? I talked to my travel agent, she brought up the ride thing, and how much time gathering up everyone could take, if we are spread around too much, but it might work out fine too.

 

Ineke, I think that last time my roommate ordered like 2 bottles of wine, and we probably drank it in the room, but you can have them cork it,, I don't think we paid a fee and I really did not think of the bartender tip, as we always take good care of them anyway, in addition to the standard tip. It is on the form when you send in final payment, set up like a bon voyage gift you could give to someone (like you all could give me some,, sure!!) or send to self if you like to have wine in your cabin.

 

The dock will be well lit and there are lots of roulettes,, so easy to find the spot, and the ship will be right there - we went out like at midnight or so last year, the last night, and the parking lot there is a great gathering/social spot for what seems like all young people of Tahiti (on one side) with trucks and boomboxes,,, and then the more family oriented side with the roulettes on the other side,, lively to be sure.

 

Another friend and fellow past transoceanic sailor just let me know he is onboard as well, so the group is growing!!! Hope everyone of American roots had a nice Thanksgiving,, now just a few months more.

 

Walt, I may start a party bar hopping with you but not sure I can finish it up with the style or duration it sounds like you are aiming for!!

 

talk to you all soon,, Gail

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