National Geographic : 1968 Dec
Matson and the South Seas. The nicest cruise on the nicest ocean. Just see how nice it can be while you let our map introduce you to the charm and grace of a Matson 42-day cruise through the South Seas. Your ship is the sleek SS Mariposa or SS Monterey, elegant and gracious, designed especially for cruising the South Pacific. Aboard you'll find an inti mate yacht-like atmosphere to match the loveliness of the route they sail. And service is exclusively First Class in the Grand Manner of Matson. You'll escape from the ordinary and sail off to exotic places you have always heard of, like Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Hawaii; and exotic places you may have never heard of, like Bora Bora, Rarotonga, Noumea, Pago Pago and Niuafo'ou. Matson "Boat Days" are big occasions in Polynesia. You'll feel as if they had been planned for you alone. Follow our map and see how nice a Matson cruise on the nicest ocean can be. 1. Wave good-bye on deck to your friends ashore. 2. Say hello to your fellow passengers waving good-bye to their friends. 3. By now you've unpacked and dis covered how comfortable your stateroom is. All rooms have air-conditioning, telephone, hi-fi music and private bath. 4. Meet the Captain and everyone else at the Captain's Champagne Party. 5. Ladies might like to have their hair done at the ship's Elizabeth Arden Salon. 6. By now the ship's bartenders will not only know your name, they'll know your favorite drink. 7. Celebrate crossing the Equator with King Neptune and the polliwogs. 8. BORA BORA. It is daybreak when the island first comes into view. Breakfast on the Pool Terrace as the ship moves through Teavanui Pass into the lagoon. This is your first contact with the remote beauty of Polynesia. 9. TAHITI . French savoir-faire and Polynesian serenity combine to make Tahiti the symbol of the South Seas. You'll be on deck early to watch your liner arrive at Papeete Harbor. 10. Visit the Island of Moorea, across the Sea of the Moon. The beauty of this island inspired Michener's Bali H'ai. 11. Enjoy a buffet lunch on the Pool Terrace while you and your friends compare impressions of Tahiti. 12. RAROTONGA. Native singers and dancers come aboard from outriggers to entertain you with some of the finest singing and dancing in the Pacific. You'll learn legends that trace back through Polynesian history; and you'll shop from the floating market place. 13. Relax in a deck chair and think about dinner (Lobster Curry with Avocado perhaps). 14. NEW ZEALAND. As your ship enters Waitemata Harbor you can see the city of Auckland, rising gently from the white beaches that line the shore. While you're here you'll also see the famous glow-worm grotto. 15. Your wine steward will undoubtedly suggest an Australian vintage here, to set the mood for your next port of call. 16. AUSTRALIA. The Sydney Bridge welcomes you to one of the world's most beautiful harbors. Red tile roofed houses and wide sweeps of park lawns surround the bay. During your stay you can shop at fine stores and enjoy the cosmopolitan night life. You'll tone up your tan on the best beaches in the world. 17. See koala bears and kangaroos in their natural surroundings at the Sydney Zoo. 18. Enjoy breakfast in bed. 19. NOUMEA. Mediterranean in appear ance, South Seas in atmosphere, Gallic in attitude -especially toward food. You also shop for French imports. 20. Dance the evening away in the ship's ballroom. The orchestra will play your favorite requests. 21. FIJI. This British Crown Colony is known as the tradewind cross-roads of the South Pacific. Take an "Oolooloo" Cruise in a glass-bottomed boat. See coral gardens and stop at a small tropical island where you can swim and explore things. 22. NIUAFO'OU. The "Tin Can Island." Long ago, when ships passed by, it was the custom to seal the mail for Niuafo'ou in 401b. biscuit tins. Strong armed native postmen in handmade canoes would slip through the reefs and transport it back to shore. This ancient custom remains today as a unique Matson service. (The postmarks are a stamp collector's prize.) 23. Hold a party in your stateroom. We will send out written invitations to your friends and provide help for the occasion -complimentary, of course. 24. PAGO PAGO. The beautiful bowl shaped harbor into which your Matson ship sails was once the crater of a great volcano whose seaward wall fell away many centuries ago. Friendly natives, impeccably-thatched homes, the rhythm of a native siva-siva will remain in your memories of this peaceful island. 25. Take an evening stroll under a South Seas moon. A quiet moment on deck may well be one of the memories you'll cherish most. 26. HAWAII . Enjoy a spectacular morn ing view of Diamond Head as you cruise into Honolulu Harbor. Throw a coin for native divers to retrieve. Listen to the Royal Hawaiian Band play "Beyond the Reef." Don a flower lei. Isn't this the way you have always dreamed you would come to Hawaii? 27. Cast your flower lei on the waves here. Legend says that it is your promise to return. 28. Relive your memories of the South Seas at Polynesian Night. 29. SAN FRANCISCO. Passing under the Golden Gate Bridge is a dramatic finale to your cruise experience. But your fond memories are just beginning. Doesn't this sound like your kind of cruise vacation? Only Matson can take you on this adventure to so many South Seas ports. Cruises depart every three weeks from San Francisco or Los Angeles. See your travel agent for more information. Or write Paul Thompson, Matson Cruise Consultant, 110 Mission St., San Francisco 94105. SAFETY INFORMATION: SS Mariposa and SS Monterey, registered in the U.S., meet International Safety Standards for new ships developed in 1960.