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cruisenum7's Port Reviews of Tahiti (Papeete), Moorea, Bora Bora, Auckland
Radiance of the Seas cruise in September 2011
Member Name: cruisenum7
Cruise Date: September 2011
Embarkation: Honolulu
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Member Review: cruisenum7's Radiance of the Seas Review
Tahiti (Papeete)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Papeete - what a dreary rainy day! And such a disappointing city (the opinion of all onboard too). I loved the buzz and ambience of the market place.

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Moorea
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Moorea - now this is what I call tropical. Anchored in a tiny bay with towering mountains around you. As I said, no tour, but simply walking around the tender drop-off area and exploring the "real" local scene. Local dancers greet each tender and a table of tropical fruits awaits.
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Bora Bora
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Bora Bora - here we did take a 2 hour mini van tour (not through the cruiseline) around the island. This was run by a local who was very passionate about his home. He explained the culture and customs and showed us amazing beaches as well as the famous Bloody Mary's.

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Auckland
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Auckland -

Bay of Islands was cancelled off our itinerary so that is why we spent two days here instead of just one. Rain can really put a negative spin on any port visit but you have to take it on the chin and make do.

Shopping and museum tours took up our time here. The hop on-off bus is great but be advised - it is a DAY pass not 24 hour like so many other cities around the world. To efficiently make use of your ticket, you really need to be first on at 9am and last off at 5:30. The bus gave me a flavour of the city which was abuzz with World Rugby fever. It also took me to the Auckland Museum and Maritime Museum which I really enjoyed.

RADIANCE had to re-position to another berth on day 2 for refuelling. Unfortunately a shuttle system organised between RCC and the Port could have worked much better with many passengers having to walk back to the ship from the city. This may have been more acceptable had the weather been more favourable.

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