Day 4, Wednesday, Feb 2, Rarotonga, Casual
Trip Start Jan 26, 2011
19Trip End Feb 13, 2011
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Rarotonga really has no major harbor so we the ship waits in the open ocean fully exposed to the elements. I am following a blog from Holland America's Amsterdam; they arrived here and were told "only able bodied passengers would be permitted ashore". We had somewhat better weather and no such restrictions.
I had been booked for an afternoon Rainforest Tour and waitlisted for the morning
After lunch in the main dining room I returned to town for a bit more shopping and exploration. As the day went on tendering was becoming more difficult. I also learned that the ship was not anchored; that it was floating freely with occasional pauses for repositioning required. On my final return to the tenders, the ship had drifted a bit close to shore and tendering had to stop for the necessary ship movement. While we were waiting another rainstorm came up requiring waiting on the tender.
My afternoon concluded with tea in Palm Court. Our dinner was concluded with a wonderful Cherries Jubilee prepared by our Headwaiter Augusto and 5 of us agreed to meet on Thursday for poolside dining. The evening entertainment was a soprano and an exhibition by the dance team, neither really being my cup of tea. I spent some time in the Avenue Saloon enjoying the music of Marcie Castro and got to bed a bit early.
Not all days are perfect but life goes on. While events on Rarotonga had some unfortuante effects and my Thursday morning walk was cut from 5 miles to 3, the walk did loosen up my banged-up knee and the walk went pretty well, all things considered.