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August 18, 2002 | Jane Engle
P&O Princess Cruises has acquired two 688-passenger ships formerly operated by Renaissance Cruises, which filed for Chapter 11 reorganization last fall, and plans to deploy them to the Pacific. The sister ships were built in 1999. The R4, redubbed the Tahitian Princess, will sail year-round out of Papeete, Tahiti, in French Polynesia, the Cook Islands and Samoa. Fares for the debut holiday cruise, leaving Dec. 24, start at $899 per person, double occupancy, with early booking discounts.
December 27, 1987 | FRANK RILEY, Riley is travel columnist for Los Angeles magazine and a regular contributor to this section
When the New Year dawns in the South Pacific, Tahiti's challenge will be to convince world tourism, particularly the U.S. travel market, that Tahiti and its Polynesian islands are an affordable, timely and still exotic destination. The reward would be a stronger economy for French Polynesia, which then would become capable of coping with the realities of today's world while preserving the mood of Bali Hai.
May 11, 2003
I enjoyed "In the South Pacific, a Splendid Isolation" (April 27). Years ago I took a Greek freighter carrying lumber from Coos Bay, Ore., to Papeete, Tahiti, a $300, 16-day one-way experience featuring Tongan crewmen, the smell of oil and seasickness. Being young, adventurous and impulsive, I had no return ticket to show the authorities in Papeete, and they were not too welcoming. After frantic calls to my housemates in Berkeley and my parents, I was sent a ticket to Honolulu. In Tahiti there was an inter- island ferry that the locals all used, and I ended up in Uturoa city, on Raiatea, and spent some lovely weeks with a family that took me in as if I were a relative.
May 14, 1989 | JERRY HULSE
I flew to Tahiti the other night with Ted Cook of Islands In the Sun. He was dressed in his usual aloha shirt and jeans, and he was returning to Tahiti because that's where his heart is. Twenty-five years ago Cook left his job as an aerospace engineer in Los Angeles to vacation in the South Seas. It was, he says, the beginning of a beautiful love affair. The day he got back to Los Angeles the freeways were clogged. A brownish haze hung over the city. Suddenly, everything that had seemed so terribly important made no sense.
April 19, 1998 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Slater and Basch travel as guests of the cruise lines. Cruise Views appears the first and third week of every month
Finally, there's a perfect ship for people who say they won't take a cruise because they don't want to dress up; they like days filled with sun, sand and water sports; and prefer a choice of restaurants, mealtimes and dinner companions rather than assigned seating. If this sounds appealing, check out the 320-passenger Paul Gauguin.
French Polynesia wants you to know it's closer than you think. That island group, dominated by Tahiti, long celebrated by painters and authors and still controlled by France, is about an eight-hour flight from LAX, which makes it about two hours farther than Hawaii, but 2 1/2 hours closer than London or Paris. "Most people think it's farther. Some think it's 15 hours," laments Judy Lynes, spokeswoman for Tahiti Tourisme, the government tourist office.
October 27, 1995 | KAREN D'SOUZA
A group opposed to nuclear testing will send a peace delegation to Tahiti in January to protest France's detonation of bombs in the South Pacific, its founder said Thursday. "The devastation that these tests have caused is much worse than we've been hearing," said Judy Hoyt, a Corona del Mar woman who founded Women Against Nuclear Testing. "Since we share the Pacific Ocean, what is going on there affects us. It affects the fish, the air and the water."
March 10, 1996 | LUCY IZON
"What you need most to see Tahiti-Polynesia on a low budget is time, and the wisdom to avoid trying to see and do too much." That advice from well-traveled author David Stanley in the recently released third edition of "Tahiti-Polynesia Handbook" (Moon Travel Handbooks, $3.
November 7, 1986
A Tahiti-bound jetliner with 120 aboard returned to Los Angeles International Airport early this morning after hitting turbulence that rocked the plane and caused minor injuries to three flight attendants and one passenger, officials said. Continental Airlines Flight 11, a DC-10 headed for Papeete, was hit by turbulence at about 3:15 a.m., 90 minutes after it took off.
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