If we could have changed one thing on board it would have been the cabin room. We would have enjoyed having a sliding door and balcony. We've heard there are disadvantages to larger cruise ships such as long lines to disembark for day trips but there are two reasons I think we should try a larger boat - - having a room with a sliding glass door would have felt more open and there would likely be less turbulence. There were two nights where we, along with most of the passengers and even the sailing crew, had bad sea sickness. Walking wobbly in the hallways and holding yourself up using every stable piece of furniture around is fun for the first hour. After that, it's just a feeling of being ill and nausea. Thankfully we got prescribed motion sickness patches before the trip but the storms settled in for days making prescription meds only mildly effective.
Moorea's beauty was the paradise I imagined when I thought of the Polynesian Islands. The ship anchored in Cook's Bay, on the northern side of the island. Explorer James Cook anchored there in 1769, as did Europeans Samuel Wallis (1767) and Louis-Anthoine de Bougainville (1768). Captain Cook was an expert at making maps as he circumnavigated the globe twice and is credited with drawing the first accurate map of the Pacific. Before being brutally killed in Hawaii (1779) because of his mistreatment of the people of Hawaii, Cook's Bay was Captain Cook's final voyage.
Tourism and a pineapple growing center are Moorea's primary economic drivers with a population of 16,000 residents.
From our ship, boats transported passengers (roughly 20 at a time) into the smaller bays where the water made me think of sapphire jewels. I would have liked to have spent more time on this island, make contact with local residents.
The tour and history lessons of Moorea were extremely interesting to us. Opunohu Bay, also on the northern side of Moorea, was a trip highlight and where we found some of the most breath-taking photography opportunities. The Bay has been used for commercials and movies (Mutiny on the Bounty, South Pacific) because it is so pristine. Moorea was the inspiration for James Michener's book, Tales of the South Pacific, and ultimately the mystical Bali Hai from the musical 'South Pacific'. Filming in that bay is popular because it is easy to access and beautifully unspoiled.