We arrived in Auckland the day before the cruise. We flew Air New Zealand using Regent's air program and the $999 business class upgrade, which was a steal for a flight from SFO to Auckland. We stayed at the Westin, which was not far from the Port and was quite lovely. Embarkation was a little rough, but this was due to the fact they had only one customs agent at the Port. Once a second one showed up, the line moved fairly quickly. We boarded, went to La Veranda and had some lunch and then went to our suite, a Horizon Suite on Deck 7.
The Horizon suite is a wonderful suite. The living room is separated from the bedroom, and the room has an enormous walk-in closet. The lines were Anichini; the beds had pillow-top mattresses and were amazingly comfortable. Two flat screen televisions, an iPod dock, a small safe, both Regent and Hermes bath products in the bathroom. We had the shower only setup, but the shower was large and fine for us. The balcony for the Horizon Suites on deck 7 are 175 sq ft, but it was still very large with a two seat couch, two separate chairs, and coffee table and a large table for dining. The room gets an A.
Fantastic location and view. A wonderful cabin.
We arrived here on a Sunday, so many shops were closed. We opted for the snorkeling excursion and loved it. Amazing waters and more amazing fish. This was followed by a barbecue on a small islet across the lagoon.
The lagoon surrounding Bora Bora is like nothing you have ever seen. We did a circle the island tour and then a snorkeling excursion which also circled the island but via the lagoon. Stunningly warm waters and beautiful fish, stingrays and reef sharks.
People call Bora Bora the Pearl of Polynesia, but Moorea is the most strikingly beautiful place I have ever seen. If you could wrap Moorea with Bora Bora' lagoon, you would have an almost unearthly Paradise. Again, snorkeling here was good, but there were some rough currents the day we went.
We snorkeled (what's new?) but had little time to see the town. Very industrial and odd.