Sunday, September 22, 2002

Raiatea Tahiti Birthday trip 2002

Today we wake up to the sacred island of Raiatea. Considered to be the "seat" of polynesian spirituality, there is much history and culture here. We leaped out of bed and went to the gym for our workout and treadmill session. Gotta keep those pounds from piling on! Then we had breakfast delivered to our room for dining on our balcony. They offer 24 hour limited room service. During regular restaurant hours, you can have anything and everything on the menus in any of the dining rooms. In the afternoon, we enjoyed the FaaRoa river and Taputapuatea tour - boat and 4 wheel drive tour. It is an afternoon tour and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Dinner was at the fine dining room and started out with Louis Roeder Champagne then on to white and red french wines. It was more of a gourmet tasting menu and was delicious. Foie Gras, Lobster ravioli, and a couple of other courses. The chocolate desert was too delicous. I almost took one back to the room. The show that evening was Michael Shapiro with the ships band as backup. Fantastic. He is funny and .... what a broadway voice. I get goosebumps just thinking about his singing.... The band plays great dance music and Susan and I enjoyed watching the couples swoosh around the floor. This is not the best cruise for 2 girls to go on if you're looking for action (which we are not - both married). No guys to ask us to dance. So.... we took over the dance floor after the show. They kept playing Frank Sinatra so we just danced around doing our own thing until they turned off the music. The moon was still pretty full and we found the disco (it is stretching it to call it that), the outdoor dance floor and no one else there so.... we kept dancing. I think we got in about 1++ hours of good aerobic dancing.