Last day in Paradise
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Woke about 6:00 but went back to sleep â€˜til about 8:30. Packed the carry-ons, and had breakfast in the Panorama. They had set up a bag-check in the Italian restaurant so we dumped the carry-ons there. The ship was docked at the main pier right in Papeete so we went into town to walked around and buy a few things. We had planned on having lunch in town but were running out of steam so we returned to the ship. That was a mistake as the buffet was really crowded. We were not supposed to use the main dining room as that was for embarking passengers. After lunch we went to sit by the pool as the sun began peeking through. Russ and Janet joined us. Eventually, it started getting too warm so I moved up to deck 10 to get some breeze.
Weâ€™d been scheduled to leave the ship after 7:00 but suddenly there was an announcement that, due to a protest march through Papeete by air traffic controllers scheduled for 6:45, weâ€™d be departing early. (I had sudden fears of a problem with a strike at the airport but they were unfounded. The march was apparently a show of support of striking controllers in France. The French really like their strikes and protests.) We quickly grabbed the checked bags and rushed to the buffet to stuff some food down.
As expected, the plane was jammed and, since we had inside seats, it was a tough trip. I knew this would be the worst part and it was.