Quirks of crossing the south pacific west to east: at Longtitude 180 we lost the whole of Tuesday: 26 october 2010 was non existent for us!!
Anyway we had a lovely day in Apia,capital of Samoa in ththe eastern island of Upolu. Poverty after the last
few islands is very striking here.There's a strong Catholic influence palpable in the island.Visited Robert Louis Stephenson's last residence,well maintained as a museum now. Samoan people really love and revere him. His burial place is on the hill 45minutes walk from the residence,but we didnt have time to visit. The place is amazing with colourful plants and trees,and there's a banana plantation and Pineapple fields in his estate.
Did some shopping specially set up for us at the Wharf(Sundays all the normal shops are closed here).
Gossip: Ships stewards are trying their best to tell us that The Laundrette story is not true and is a just an idle Gossip!! our friend Manju witnessed two people collapsing in the deck, and one had to be carted off by an Ambulance! Considering the number of elderly people with various disabilities, it's not really a surprise(average age of passengers now is 65!)
Still enjoying the facilities on board with shows,cinema,library and plenty to eat(eventhough the vegetarian option is not good).I have never eaten so many sweets and ice cream as I am doing now!