Monday, July 28, 2014

Chile, French Polynesia

Executive summary by darmansjah

ISLAND HOPPER from 1772 to 1775, during his second expediton-a fruitless bid to find themythical Terra Australis-Captain James Cook – THE CAPTAIN  from merchant navy apprentice to Royal Navy captain. James Cook (1728-1779) commanded three historic voyages, during which he charted countless coastlines, claimed the eastern coast of Australia for Britain, circled Antarctica, and became the first known European to reach the Hawaiian Islands and over the final hump from Fortuna Bay to the remains of the Stromness whaling station. Polar Explorers: “Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island,” 17 days; $18,350 -  cruised Polynesia on the H.M.S. Resolution. He stopped to chart Easter Island, the launching point for this voyages abroad the 114-passenger M.S. Caledonian Sky. The next few ports, in the Pitcairn Islands, recall another Royal Society foray some 15 years later, as the place settled by some of the mutineers of the H.M.S. Bounty. Meet some of their descendants before calling on the idyllic, if less storied, island of Mangareva and the Tuamotus archipelago for nature walks and snorkeling amid iridescent fish. Wilderness Travel: “ in the Wake of the Bounty: Easter Island to Tahiti aboard the M.S, Caledonian Sky,” 19 days; $11,495

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