Having flown to Los Angeles via Washington, we spent two very pleasant nights in hotels to be involved in the pre World Cruise gala event in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, before transferring to the Regent Navigator to commence this 131 day super cruise around the world. Five days to Hawaii, through fairly choppy seas and changeable weather, and a visit to each of the large islands before heading again for four sea days to Nuka Hiva in French Polynesia. The weather has not been wonderful and the great ocean swells have made for some uncomfortable days at sea. But so far, all is well, with many lectures and a good show…..so we carry onwards. Tomorrow we cross the Equator, and I’ll have a costume duty to perform as Neptune. Hopefully the beaches of Nuka Hiva will allow us a few hours to take to the water and enjoy a bit of sunshine. Papeete in Tahiti brings the first change over of some guests before we tour the lovely Pacific islands and atolls on our way to Australia, and meetings with friends in Brisbane, Sydney and near Cairns.