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  1. Not sure of any others websites. Like you said, not sure how accurate the crew center one is. It doesn't show the Oceania Regatta being in Bora Bora on Nov. 18 and 19 of this year, the same days as the Wind Spirit. It does show up on the Cruisett.
  2. www.cruisett.com Click on ports on the top bar, then scroll down to French Polynesia.
  3. Most cruise ships offer some land excursions, so assuming that you have already checked there, I would look at www.viator.com which is part of tripadvisor. They do have some land tours at these ports, as well as some on the water that do not involve snorkeling, such as whale watching, sailing, etc. Rental cars are also available in Bora Bora and Raiatea if you are willing and able to DIY. There are also companies that offer private tours, but not sure of their names. Maybe someone else can help there.
  4. Thanks again for your help. We are pretty well booked. Definitely planning on a lot of snorkeling. We followed your suggested tour operators at most stops and threw in a couple of Windstar tours. Can't wait.
  5. Thanks Petoonya. We will get the 10GB. Did you mean Rangiroa or is there no service in Raiatea. I think we are all set with planning now, just counting the days😉
  6. We will be doing the Wind Spirit Twice the Tahiti, so will be in FP for 20 days. Will need to check emails, send texts, and phone calls only in emergency. Trying to decide whether to use Verizon Travel Pass at $10/day, only charged on days used, or whether to get Tahiti WiFi router. The wifi is 78 Euros for unlimited basic, 158 for unlimited starter, and 120 for 10 GB. There is a 5% discount available. Has anyone out there used the Verizon Travel Pass in FP? Understandably, only can use in port. Those that have purchased the Tahiti WiFi, would the 10GB be enough for 20 days, checking emails daily and web use for staying current on news, etc., no streaming, or would we need one of the unlimited packages? Thanks in advance for your help.
  7. We did this while land based on vacation in Cozumel. It was well worth the time and money. Call it a bucket list item. The time frame is long- 45 min. ferry, 1 hr. van to north Cancun, orientation, 1 hr.to 1 1/2 hr boat ride depending on where the whale sharks are located that day, 2 hrs with the whale sharks and then transportation in reverse. It is snorkeling and you need to be pretty good swimmers. It is not like floating around looking at fish. You need to jump in off the boat and kick hard to try to keep up with the whale sharks. There are regulations against diving with the whale sharks and strict regulations about how many people in the water at a time and how close you can get. We went during early June and saw plenty of Whale Sharks. I believe there is an age limit of 12 years old? Having done this and totally loved it, if I were to recommend to anyone, it would be to do it when land based in Cancun, Isla Mujeres, or Isla Holbox and not from a cruise ship in Cozumel. It would be about half the price and not so much travel time. If going from a cruise in Cozumel, definitely need to do the ship's excursion and not independently as it is a long day and high possibility of not making it back to the ship on time. For us, it was a 12 hour excursion from Cozumel.
  8. You could get a few pesos from you bank, but if you do not use them all and want to change them back, it ends up costing more than a vendor that gives you an unfavorable exchange rate. If you are going to be there for one day, just take plenty of small ($1 and $5) currency. There are so many cruise tourists that most places now quote their prices in US dollars. If you are staying for a week, then getting some pesos might be worth it.
  9. Not sure where you heard or read about people getting seasick. The Ultramar ferries are new boats. The ride is very smooth. We have taken them from Cozumel to PDC and back many times and never a hint of seasickness. I guess if you are prone to seasickness , take some Meclizine. The seating is nice, some with tables. Snack bar that even serves Starbucks.
  10. Went there in June (we were land based). Well worth the experience. The water is very clean, in fact, you need to rinse off before you get your wet suit, helmet, and life jacket. The water shoes are a must, but they charge to use theirs, so take your own if you have them. There are several deep places, but not for long and your head never goes under water, so I believe that you could wear your regular glasses. Anyone with any kind of mobility issues or cannot walk a long ways on uneven surfaces should not attempt this tour. That would be more of an issue than the swimming. We had one non-swimmer and the guide helped him. The pictures are expensive. They give them to you on a memory stick. If you are on a tour group from a cruise, I would try to go together and buy one package of all the pictures, then share!
  11. https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=657052
  12. If you read the reviews for Wind Spirit here on CC, you will see that the dinner show in Bora Bora is on the second night. Several of the reviews give day by day accounts of the 7 night cruise in Tahiti.
  13. Post cruise, we dropped our bags and then went to Iguazu for 2 nights, returned for one night at the Howard Johnson Hotel Boutique Recoleta. Small hotel in an area with business and government buildings. Close to the Recoleta mall. 4 blocks from the Recoleta cemetery and several good restaurants. We walked to a restaurant in the evening and felt safe. The hotel is new. The room was large and very nice. We paid about $125 per night, including breakfast. The hotel was nicer that some accomodations that we have paid twice that amount for. Would stay there again and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in Recoleta. (one caution, there was some sidewalk construction on our walk to the restaurant, so probably not doable for wheelchairs or walkers)
  14. I read where people have rented a car on Raiatea, but cannot find anything online. Can someone who has rented a car there share what company has rental cars on Raiatea.
  15. Thanks for the info Milepig--I just emailed our TA to get this arranged prior to the cruise!
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