P&O Arcadia World Cruise – 2nd Leg

We are pleased to announce that David and Elizabeth Taylor have joined Doris Visits to give a new wave of films in a different and contrasting style. More ships and more destinations in their own style as Elizabeth Goes Cruising again. These films are more relaxed than Jean Heard’s faster cut short films, and we will soon be announcing the addition of another member to the team here at Doris Visits. Vloggers who also have their own identity and we will be rebuilding the website to make the volume of films and blogs easier to find.

David and Elizabeth joined the cruise ship Arcadia in San Francisco and sailed in a storm that Arcadia handled easily, to Honolulu where the Doris Visits team joined the ship to meet them.

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Doris Visits had been in Hawaii with Jean Heard filming Oahu in a little more detail than David could in just a day. Jean also joined the ship to perform her one-woman show on Royal Mistresses. One place we wanted to show you, as feature film-makers, was Kualoa Ranch, where they shot  Kong Skull Island, Jurassic Park and TV shows like Lost. We also filmed the Polynesian Centre, Pearl Harbour and North Shore so if you are travelling there you can choose what you might wish to see. With David’s film, you have a good idea of what is on offer for a cruiser.

Bora Bora was not seen at its best and like many people Elizabeth went back to enjoy the ship. However Jean does take you round the island on the main island tour of Bora Bora, if only to show you it is not Bora Boring as some nickname it.

David’s film takes you beyond Papeete where we left the ship, It gave Jean and chance to show Papeete and Tahiti in a little more detail and the night street food, as well as the Manava suite resort hotel we stayed at before flying off to join another ship.

David and Elizabeth were lucky enough to sail down to Aukland but sadly the bad weather we had in Bora Bora was there again. David takes the ferry to Davenport and gets inside the art deco cinema known as the Vic, which is a great sight as we have lost nearly all cinemas of that period here in the UK.

David explains how Napier was rebuilt in art deco style after the earthquake of 1931. A style we explain in Jean’s film on Miami and a style that all of us love. The style heralds by reflection the advent of machinery, and in the romantic Solo Cruiser book series (book three, American Portrait) Violet sees it in Miami, Canaveral and Key West, all films we have covered. Napier has 140 art deco buildings and an art deco trust and David finds some great shots here of an era they don’t wish to leave; buildings, cars and dresses! There is even a display of vintage cars with their owners in Gatsby-like period dress at the quayside by the Arcadia.

Next was Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. David has some great shots and also takes you inside the Gallipoli Museum. Their last stop was Sydney where they had a tour before going to the airport.

David and Elizabeth travelled a distance of 8,588 nautical miles in this leg over 25 wonderful days at sea. Please don’t forget to subscribe to the Doris Vists and Elizabeth Goes Cruising channels, numbers count!

If you are thinking of a long cruise next year, then take a look at the Arcadia’s Western circumnavigation 2018.

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