Monday, June 11, 2012


CRUISE PORT OF CALL: Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

On arrival it's easy to see why Isle of Pines is commonly referred to as the Jewel of the Pacific. The island was formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago; and it is now surrounded by a beautiful colourful reef. There are many tours that you can take part in while in the Isle of Pines some of these including an Island Discovery, Snorkel the Natural Aquarium, The Le Meridien Natural Aquarium and The Lagoon Islet Boati Adventure.

Check out this video by P&O Cruises of the Isle of Pines:

CRUISE HINT: Wooden Souvenirs

When travelling to the islands in the South Pacific you will find some great souvenirs many of these being made of wood for example bow and arrows, masks etc. However not all products are able to be brought back into Australia as customs won’t allow this. So before you purchase anything, what you should check are that all wood products are fully lacquered and to look for borers or any small bugs.


CRUISE UPDATE: SampleCruises like a Celebrity!

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are offering one-night sampler cruises this upcoming summer season. You will have the chance toexperience the Voyager of the Seas and Celebrity Solstice. For anyone who isnew to cruising this is the perfect opportunity to answer questions you haveabout cruising. What happens onboard? What do the public rooms look like? How big are the cabins? One- night sampler cruises are the answers to these questions.These one-night samplers are priced from $345pp on the Royal Caribbean’sVoyager of the Seas (23rd November Sailing) and $355pp CelebrityCruises Solstice’s (09 December Sailing).

CRUISE PORT OF CALL:Noumea, New Caledonia

The city of Noumea is one of the largest ports P&OCruises visits in the South Pacific. There are many tours that you can takepart in while in Noumea these including the Tjbaou Cultural Centre, The TchouTchou Train, A Zodiac Ride to Duck Island, Lagoon Snorkelling and much more! Noumeais great for shopping, dining and immerse yourself in French culture.

CRUISE HINT:Cruise Cards

Cruise cards are most easily kept around your neck on alanyard. These can be affordably purchased before boarding or you may like tobuy one on board as a souvenir. If your card is not already hole punched youcan do this at the pursers desk after boarding.


P&O has released new specialoccasion packages! These packages are only available on cruises 5 days or longer. Prices for these package start from $159.00 saving of 21% off retail price onboard.

Available packages include:
Special Occasions Package
Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Dinner at Salt grill by Luke Mangan for 2 people*Ernest Hillier boxed chocolates - milk and dark$50 Onboard spending money per booking
Romance Package
Moet & Chandon Brut ImperialDinner at Salt grill by Luke Mangan for 2 people*A dozen roses bouquet Ernest Hillier boxed chocolates - milk and dark P&O Cruises logo teddy bear Framed portrait photo from cruise
Foodies Package
Dinner at Salt grill by Luke Mangan for 2 people*P&O Cruises cook book "Holidays"Trout Valley pinot noir, Nelson Glandore Estate chardonnay, Hunter Valley$50 onboard spending money per booking
Double the Fun Package (for groups of 4 toshare)
Dinner at Salt grill by Luke Mangan for 4 people*Tyrell's Old Winery rose, Hunter Valley Dusky Sounds sauvignon blanc, Marlborough $100 Casino Credit per booking

CRUISE PORT OF CALL: Vanuatu (Champagne Bay)
Champagne Bay is known for its pristine beaches and ranked among the most beautiful beaches in the world. Go for jungle safaris and visit the Mele Cascades for a memorable experience ofwalking under them and into a cave. Shopping while in Champagne Bay includesmarket like stalls where you can buy trinkets, handicrafts, sarongs, woven hats and much more. Champagne Bay holidays are great for escaping the city life to forget your worries and relax by the beach.

A hint would be is to pack a small empty carryon bag as the last night of the cruise; you have to set your luggage out before midnight so that it can be picked up. So you can use your small carry bag to store the clothes you would like to wear home and also is a place to stash the pyjamas, toothbrush etc.