Aurora By P&O UK
February 8 - February 21, 2011

 
ITINERARY
·  Valparaiso, Chile
·  Sail by Easter Island, Chile
·  Sail by Pitcairn Island
·  Papaete, Tahiti
 
 
LECTURES
·  Peoples and Landscape of the Vast
·  Pacific
·  The Great Polynesians Migrations
·  Class and Caste in Polynesian
·  Society
·  Agricultural, Food, and Water;
·  Survival in Paradise
·  Captain Cook and the End of
·  Paradise
·  The Easter Island Enigma
·  Hawaii's Story from Kingdom to
·  State
 
LINKS
·  P&O Cruises
·  Trip Specific Photos
 
 
   
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This voyage was one leg of the Aurora's world cruise and I only did the portion that floated by Easter and Pitcairn Islands. I specifically took this cruise because it would get me close to the fabulous Easter Island Moai. Normaly, Easter island is difficult to reach. Flights are infrequent and facilities for larger ships are lacking. Even the early Polynesian settlers had a hard time finding a smooth protected landing beach along the rugged shores.

It is hard to imagine how people interpreted the world confined to a tiny rock, once the great Polynesian voyages ceased and they were left with only stories of an outside world. From the ship we could clearly see the impressive Tongariki Ahu with its huge Moai facing the sea. It seems they were specially placed to greet visitor coming by boat.

From there we sailed to the tiny jagged rock called Pitcairn Island. It has 69 residents and as we sailed up, a lot of them jumped into a large wooden boat and puttered up to the ship. Once onboard, much to everyone's surprise, they set up a busy market fair on the aft deck which was immediately swamped with buyers jostling for stamps, crafts and baseball caps. I got off in Papaete where I spent two more days exploring the local markets and just enjoying the hotel pool courtesy of the airlines which had cancelled my flight out.

 
     

WEST AFRICA - ACCRA TO DAKAR

WEST AFRICA - CAPE TOWN TO ACCRA

RAIN FORESTS AND REEFS

BALTIC

TRACING THE WEST COAST OF AFRICA

LOST ISLANDS LOST WORLDS - HAVANA TO ANTIGUA

LOST ISLANDS LOST WORLDS - PUERTO LIMON TO HAVANA

LOST ISLANDS LOST WORLDS - BRIDGETOWN TO PUERTO LIMON

LEGENDARY CULTURES

BALTIC ODYSSEY

EXPLORER'S AFRICA, CAPE TOWN TO DAKAR

CHILE TO TAHITI VIA EASTER AND PITCAIRN ISLANDS

AROUND SOUTH AMERICA THROUGH THE STRAIT OF MAGELLAN

EXPLORING THE BALTIC'S HISTORIC WATERWAYS 2010

VINTAGE EUROPE - LISBON TO PORTSMOUTH

ISLAND DAYS AND ARABIAN NIGHTS - TENERIFE TO LISBON

CHRISTMAS IN THE CARIBBEAN

EXPLORING THE BALTIC'S HISTORIC WATERWAYS 2009

TROPICAL WILDLIFE & WONDERS CRUISE

ANCIENT POLYNESIA, CIVILIZATIONS PROGRAM

CAPE TO CAPE

CALLAO, PERU TO PUERTO MONTT, CHILE

CULTURE & NATURE, PANAMA CANAL TO LIMA, PERU

EXPLORING THE BALTIC'S HISTORIC WATERWAYS 2008