Sunday, November 17, 2013

Cruise Day 6 - Kiriwina Island

Day 6 - Up early for breakfast and pack our snorkeling gear.  We caught a tender over to the island

We spent the morning swimming / snorkeling on a gorgeous beach - it was another hot / humid day, so the cool water was wonderful :) 

We caught the tender back over to get changed, have lunch, then back over to the island to see the Trobriand cricket "This curious local game is much like the cricket we are familiar with, and yet dissimilar in nearly every way.  For starters, this game can go for days on end, players are unlimited as long as each team is evenly matched and it is something of a mating ritual combined with peaceful alternative to inter-tribal warfare where participants often break into spontaneous song and dance - all in the name of the game"    It was an amazing sight to see - the bats were sticks and the ball was a coconut. There was so much noise and celebrating - I've never seen so many people on a cricket pitch!  LOL


There were lots of market stalls - with beautiful carved ornaments, woven bags & baskets, shells and fresh fruit - we brought 2 amazing sea horse carvings.  We spent the afternoon watching the cricket match, chatting with the locals and wandering along the beautiful beaches before catching a tender back to the ship.

An afternoon of crafts - flower making and quilling, then time for pre-dinner cocktails. listening to the band and dinner in the formal dining room.  After dinner we went to the Marquee to see the "Pirate of the Pacific" show.



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