Cruise the South Pacific in Technicolor

By Bob | November 30th, 2006

Here is your useless trivia of the week. In the 1958 movie South Pacific, director Joshua Logan was so concerned that the film’s lush tropical setting would appear unnatural in Technicolor that he used colored filters to film several of the scenes. He later stated that this was the biggest mistake he made in his film career.

There are few places in this world where film makers would have such a concern about how the colors appear on film. Even in person, the South Pacific doesn’t look real. The blues look even bluer, the greens look even greener and the golden sands are more gold than gold. Even as modern civilization continues to encroach, the islands in the South Pacific remain idyllic jewels that will invite you in and leave you breathless.

One of the best ways to experience this slice of paradise is on a cruise. The 10-day Tahitian Princess cruise offers up a glimpse of French Polynesia and gives you ample opportunity to leave the ship to explore the natural wonders that look unnatural. Be forewarned, paradise comes at a price. French Polynesia is not cheap to fly to and it is not cheap while you are there, but you could do much worse than the prices you’ll find with this cruise.

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