Monday, 3 February 2014
03.02.2014 - 03.02.2014
Woke to totally overcast sky and humidity had exceeded 100% resulting in a light rain. A quick breakfast and we were on the first tender to go ashore, there were only about 30 of us which made for comfortable seating. The pier was a floating pontoon which undulated with the action of the sea. Made for an interesting walk ashore.
The disembarkation point was in the heart of the village and the local school attracted our attention. With a population of just 200 the island is fortunate to have a school, attendance is compulsory. At this assembly each child was required to show they had a bottle of water, a handkerchief and they had their hands inspected. The arrival of the cruise ship may have been a big deal for the adults but the little ones went about their business quite unfazed.
We walked along the beach and Jenny went so far as to get her feet wet. Bought some shirts and a piece of bright cloth - essentials we just couldn't live without. We returned on the tender before the big queues formed. Washed out my saturated shirt and spent some time at the keyboard.
A 'home made' pie for lunch which was delicious. On past cruises they've been commercial Mrs Mack's that were less than terrific. Spent the best part of the afternoon watching another movie. Jenny liked it, I tolerated it. It was quite quirky a sort of Toy Story with many weird creations - Despicable Me 2. Even the title is weird. We've decided to spend part of the On Board Credit on the ship's DVD.
An enjoyable evening meal again followed some time later with a show in the theatre staring Mark Kristian. I'm sure we've encountered him previously and his jokes are showing their age. He hacked his way through a number of songs and I left being grateful I didn't have to pay to see him.
So that brings us to the end of the Fiji segment of the cruise. It was delightful to see these other parts of this country. The ship rocks and rolls across the Pacific as we head West to New Caledonia. A sea day tomorrow then Noumea on Wednesday.
This link should take you to today's image on my 365 Project http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-02-03
Cheers .. Tony