Thursday, 16 June 2011

Our Cruising Holiday

Time to tell you all about our holiday!
We went on a P&O Cruise to Noumea, Lifou and Port Vila. Noumea and Lifou
are both in new Caledonia and Port Vila is in Vanuatu.
Vanuatu holds a special place in my heart. Jase and I had our honeymoon
in Port Vila, Vanuatu...13 yrs ago on this coming Monday.
It was nice going back to see what had changed.
Even better to take the kids back and show them this beautiful place.

I'm going to do it in a sequence of posts, as I have tons of pics.
It won't get to boring for you that way!

There were 9 of us altogether. Our family of Jase, Zac, Ella and me.
My sister Kellie andher partner Nadine and Jase's sister and my sister-in-law,
Tracey and her hubby Barrie(my brother-in-law) and their
daughter(my niece) Melanie.

Ok, so we boarded the Ship, the very big Pacific Dawn in Brisbane on
Saturday 4th June around lunchtime. Takes a little time getting all 2000 people
on the ship. Once we were on we found our cabins, some lunch and
then the fun began.
The Deck Party was underway with lots of fun games, the Conga line,
more dancing and a few drinks thrown in for good measure!

Here's Tracey and I at the Deck Party!
You can see the Brisbane Skyline in the background.

After the excitement of the first day and working out what deck
everything was on...This was a topic of great debate for nearly the
entire cruise! LOL
"Which direction are we going?" and "Which way is the front?"
As each deck looks very similar, it can cause confusion! haha

Sunday we spent the day at sea, cruising along towards Noumea.
On the Cruising days, there's heaps to do on the ship.
There's activities all day long. From dancing lessons, bingo, trivia,
Survivor, Name that tune...just to name a few things.
Nadine participated in a golf chipping competition in the top deck pool.
It pulled quite a crowd. Pity she didn't win!

Sunday night was Formal Night. We all had to dress in Formal
wear to go to dinner. They have plenty of theme nights over the week.
I quite like getting dressed up. We don't do it often enough.

Here's Kel and Dine all dressed up...

The Sandford family...

Our little family..

After dinner, there was usually a show.
This night's was "So you wanna dance". A dancing show with heaps
of costume changes. It was great! The kids loved the shows!

This photo was of a Spanish ballad...

After the show there was a Pacific Cirque show in the Atrium.
The Atrium is a big area that can be viewed on 3 decks.
So, there was a few shows in there, especially with the
Circus performers. They were amazing!

After the shows, the boys and kids headed to bed.
The girls all went to the Comedy night.
We saw Mick Meredith. He was hilarious.
It was standing room only at The Dome.
It was packed to see his one and only performance at 11.30pm!

Of course we had to have a cocktail or two...
Fruit tingles tonight!

I'll be back tomorrow to tell you all about Noumea!

Chat soon,


Jasmine S said...

This just looks fabulous. I would so love to do a cruise. I cant wait to see the next installment.

Anonymous said...

A well written article of your cruise--if only all cruise Blogs were as good.