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“Princess Pacific to Easter Island, World Cruise 2013” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rapa Nui National Park

Rapa Nui National Park
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Easter Island Moai Archaeology Tour: Ahu Akivi, Ahu Vinapu and Puna Pau
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Owner description: The landscape of Rapa Nui, the indigenous name for Easter Island, is an eerie exhibit of ancient cultural remnants of an abandoned desert-dwelling people.
Perth, Australia
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“Princess Pacific to Easter Island, World Cruise 2013”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Fort Lauderdale to Sydney, 34 days. To Venice via Hongkong and Suez it would have been 107 days from Fort Lauderdale.

Small ship and easy to make friends. 610 "wrinklies" on board, friendly staff and service and food cooked by internationally-renowned chefs. First-class entertainment by Peter and Jason and interesting courses and classes take your mind off the many sea days in the Pacific.

A warning: Only one in four cruise ships (Source: National Geographic) can actually berth at Easter Island via tenders and when this cruise was sold it should have been made clear to intending passengers as many would have booked this cruise believing it is a certainty to get onto the island because of its magic appeal. Just when we were there we missed the Tapati Rapa Nui festivities and this rubbed salt into our wounds! The captain ordered a round-trip around the island so at least the Ahus (platforms) and Moais (statues) could be seen in the distance. Chile now demands a US$60 entrance fee to this national park.

Pacific Princess asks former passengers for feedback on the cruise and I noticed the software just kicks you back (not to NEXT) when you fill in too many "middlish" marks, which leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. Don't they want accurate feedback?

The Internet charges are a bit too high at $0.79c/minute and on the ship the internet speed is far too slow and I recommend to wait for free Wifi at ports, like Lima (Peru) at the Peruvian market in front of the berth.

I heartily recommend Pacific Princess cruises to anyone but be aware, ports like Norfolk Island, Easter Island or any port involving tendering may be a disappointment. Similarly, I wonder if Port Said is considered to be a stop this time around or will the captain cite political problems and not berth there?

The only certainty to get to Easter Island is via Santiago de Chile (LAN Chile?).

Visited February 2013
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“Most exciting thing I ever saw”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

If you are traveling and like to see locations which blow your mind away...visit rapa nui.
All the moais, the history, the mystics behind the transportation....its just woooooow.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

The site of the largest volcano cone, a number of interesting historic dwellings and extraordinary views of the surrounding area. Hike along the trails and visit the visitor's center. Be prepared for high winds and down pours as you have never experienced. Be prepared to wring out your socks and dry your shoes for a couple of days. But don't miss this site!

Visited January 2013
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Jax
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

Rapa Nui National Park is what you expect to see on Easter Island, especially all of the Moai statues. We had a private guide who took our time with us and explained mythes and legends. Wear good shoes as the walk is a little uneven. Overall a don't miss.

Visited January 2013
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sydney
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“Just magical”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

We were blown away by every part of Easter Island. With a great guide to show the way (Tomy of Toki Tours. Give yourself 2 days at least to see all the sights of the island. and this is the most unforgettable part

Visited January 2013
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