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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Our seventh stop was supposed to be Rarotonga.......

                                                                              Christmas Island

We were supposed to go to Avatiu, Rarotonga, but there was a medical evacuation, so we had to go to Christmas Island.  We waited there all day for a plane to come from Honolulu, and therefore lost the port of Avatiu.

We could not go ashore at Christmas Island. This made for long sea days - we were on the ship for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Because we were not going to Avatiu, I would have liked to have gone ashore at Christmas Island.
However, I think if you are going for 34 days, and you are travelling with an older group, then you had better be prepared to miss at least one port.

Christmas Island was discovered by Captain James Cook, in the ships Resolution and Discovery on December 24, 1777.   It is on record that  they stayed until the following 2nd of January, to refresh the men; obtain coconuts, fish and turtles; and observe an eclipse of the sun.  Cook said, "As we kept our Christmas here, I called this discovery Christmas Island."

Photos belong to Phil Bianco and Google.

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