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#1 *J~M~G*



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Posted 19 February 2009 - 04:03 PM

Hey ladies,

Just found out what we are doing for our honeymoon – was supposed to be a surprise (my idea) but H2B accidently let it slip. (My 21st party was hard enough for him to keep secret laugh.gif ) Good thing now anyway – I can research this as well!! biggrin.gif

Anyway, we are going on a P&O cruise for 10 days on Pacific Dawn to:

Sydney, Australia 4PM
Isle of Pines, New Caledonia- 9AM 5PM
Mystery Island, Vanuatu- 8AM 5PM
Vila, Vanuatu 8AM 6PM
Ouvea, Loyalty Islands- 9AM 5PM
Noumea, New Caledonia 8AM 5.30PM
Sydney, Australia

Now here come the questions:

For those who have been on a cruise, what was the best part about it?

For those who went on a cruise for their honeymoon – did you get any special bonuses?

For those who have been on this particular cruise:

What tours on the islands did you do?

Any tours that you would recommend doing?

Or was it better to just explore the Islands?

How much French is spoken in Noumea - do I need to be fluent laugh.gif ?

Did you need to exchange money for certain islands or could you use AUS?? If so, where can you exchange money – on the ship, the islands themselves or before you get on the ship??

And just a general one – it will be H2B’s 21st on the ship – is there anything extra special I can ask the ship’s crew to do??

And if there’s any questions I’ve forgotten – is there anything else that you think I should know???

Thanks in advance ladies.



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Posted 19 February 2009 - 08:18 PM

I love cruises.

I can only answer a few of your questions though.

What was my favourite part? EVERYTHING!!! The food is devine, the entertainment great and the relaxing is very relaxing. laugh.gif

How much French is spoken in Noumea - do I need to be fluent? No you don't need to be fluent. But if you know a little French, it is handy, but definately not essential.

Did you need to exchange money for certain islands or could you use AUS?? As far as I can remember, I only used Australian dollars. I you get a cruise brochure from the travel agent, it will mention all of this in the back in the FAQ section.

Any tours that you would recommend doing? I really liked the waterfall tour on Vanuatu and I did do a tour of Noumea that took us out of the city which was nice.

As for Isle of Pines, it isn't a very large island and the beach on the other side of the island is stunning!! You can probably just explore this on on your own.

Hope I've helped a little. It's been a few years since I last went on a cruise so things though. Would love to go on another one though.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 08:34 PM


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Posted 06 March 2009 - 09:40 AM


hey im just wpndering what made u choose a cruise??? did u book it through a travel agent or online? im considering this for our honeymoon but we are trying to cut costs down as much as we can and saw the similar cruise ur going on P&O in may 2010.

cant answer ur questions but hope u can answer mine... enjoy ur cruise

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 04:31 PM

Hi Livvy,

It wasn't me who chose the cruise. My twin sister and fiance did. I have only just found out. They chose it because we were able to cut down on costs.

We got it when it was a 2 for 1 sale. It's costing $4250 - half price

We are in the best room that you can get. I have found out however that if you say you're a honeymoon couple they may upgrade your room as a bonus.

My advice is to book early - watch out for the sales. My sister had it booked for us in November of last year.

She did go through a travel agent.



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