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#1 Kita1



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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:13 PM

We are going on a 9 night cruise to the south pacific. Has anyone ever been that can tell me what it's like?

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:37 AM

We are going next month, not in August though, so I will be able to let you know later. Ours is just the 7 nights cruise from Brisbane.
Which ports are you going to?
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:45 AM

We got back from the Christmas Cruise not long ago. It was 10 nights and went to Noumea, Vila, Mystery Island and Isle of Pines. My fave was a Isle of Pines, it was a gorgeous day so the water sparkled and the sand was soooo nice, very white and really soft. It was a bit overcast the day we were at Mystery Island but it still looked nice. I have no idea why they stopped at Noumea on Christmas Day as everything was closed and it was pouring down rain that day. And Vila was good for Shopping and we hired a Maxi Taxi (we went as a group of 12) for the day and he took us up to the Cascade Waterfalls which is a must!!!
If you are on Facebook, check out the P&O Cruises page it is awesome and there are so many helpful past cruisers that can answer any questions you have.
Not sure what the weather is like in August. I would say it would be quite nice then. I have only ever been around November and December and it rained a fair bit because its the rainy season then.
We went on the Sun which is the oldest ship, but that is finishing up in June/July so you must be on one of the nicer ones. Enjoy biggrin.gif
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 12:36 PM

I've been on the Sky twice (which has since been decommissioned) and absolutely loved it.

Both my cruises were March/April so I'm not sure what August would be like, but for me, I think cruising is awesome no matter what time of year biggrin.gif.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:28 PM

We have and cruised on the Jewel in August and visited Port Vila, Mystery Island, Lifu, Noumea - LOVED IT!

We did another cruise on the same boat for 14 nights to Fiji last year in July and loved that too!

Nice and relaxing and we had perfect weather - enjoy your holiday!

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:41 PM

Thanks for all the feedback guys!

We're going on the pacific Jewel and visiting Villa, Lifou and Isle of pines. I have been told that the weather is nice that time of year by a few people. Did any of you find it at all boring being on the ship for days at a time? What is the night life like? Were looking forward to a relaxing honeymoon away from the kidlets but would still love the chance to have a bit of a party night. What are the theme nights like?

I'm going to jump on my FB now and check out their page biggrin.gif

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 02:31 PM

I just got back from my cruise on Tuesday. I LOVED it, drank a lot, and ate even mreo. met some lovely ppl!! Best time of my LIFE!

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 11:06 AM

I'm a little late on the ban wagon however I've done the South Pacific Islands twice now and could honestly go a third time.

Isle of Pines is beautiful. Take a camera as there are really nice leafy trails that you can walk along. The first time I was there they had jet ski and boat hire (no licence required) but I didn't notice it the second time I was there. You can take your passport ashore and get it stamped at the local market too . The market in Isle of Pines is up this driveway behind a retaining wall fence. It looks like your entering someones private property but your not tongue.gif

Mystery Islane, Wala, Champagne Bay and Lifou are all similar but still really pretty. Little markets run by the town, fresh seafood (as in caught and brough to shore in front of you and cooked!) Wooden turtles, grass skirts etc. Good to just get off the ship and have a walk around.

Noumea I wasn't that much of a fan of. A little dirty in the town, but has some really nice waterfront places for lunch about 20 minutes out of town (near the aquarium). McDonalds was funny in Noumea too. A lot of "we"'s were said. And could only order Big Mac as the rest was a little daring to prounounce. And Noumea Maccas has NZ Beef... which again tastes different.

Port Vila you will arrive on a wharf which will be set up with markets galore! There really isn't anything like those markets in town so I would buy any trinkets there and walk it back to the ship. BEWARE as there are customs on the wharf and they know what you can take on board and what you can't. If you can't take a wood item onboard it goes in a bin and you do not get it back. When looking at any wood items make sure that it doesn't have any little holes in it and that it has been treated. Get a certificate or the item will be stamped. FYI - when you get home if you notice any holes or think something might be in the wood, stick it in the freezer for a fortnight (customes told us this last time)

Anyway, Port Vila is the CHEAPEST place (including onboard) to get alcohol and smokes. The prices change in each duty free shop that you go to also. There is an ANZ bank in Port Vila and I "Think" maybe a Westpac also.

On the boat they will have cheap days for the shops also. 5 - 25% off generally. Keep an eye out for those. And you CAN take a 24 pack of soft drink on board. Cans only, Sealed in a box. It will go through xray. On the last two cruises (Princess and P&O) I snuck Alcohol onboard too. I took it out of the glass, transferred into the plastic fold down bottles you can get these days and put alcohol in those. This then went into checked luggage. We took 1 liter of spirits per person hidden in our suitcases and then 2 bottles of Moet which we carried on (Princess allowed 1 bottle per night for dinner). Drinks can be expensive and we wanted to have a cheaper cruise tongue.gif

Aside from that, partake in the activities on board. It truly makes the experience. Boat races in the pool, karaoke, art auctions, bingo, formal nights EVERYTHING!!!

You'll have a blast! If you have any questions, let me know :-)

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