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Pacific Cruising again

15 Jul

The count down is on once again.  We are heading back to the Pacific Islands with Carnival Australia, this time with a group of friends.  As I’m excited and some of our new friends haven’t been on a cruise before here are a couple of shots of the places we have been and loved.

Lifou Isle, New Caledonia

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Chief’s Hut

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Cliffs of Jokin Bay

 

Jinek Bay Marine Reserve, Lifou Isle, New Caledonia

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Coral

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Blue Fish

 

Amedee Island Marine Reserve, Noumea, New Calendonia

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Amedee Island Light House

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Sea Turtle

 

Mare, New Caledonia

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Yejele Beach

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We found Nemo

 

Duck Island, Noumea, New Caledonia

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Zodiac at Duck Island

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Duck Island

Sail Away

26 Mar

The day we have been waiting for has finally arrived. Up early and dropped off at the airport by DS on his way to work.   All proceeded as scheduled at the airport and we were greeted at baggage collection by a Carnival rep. The extra bonus of airport transfer is priority boarding. Note to self, priority boarding is worth it.  Customs were wonderful Robert and Glen were most helpful, especially with our GST rebate.   Through security screening and walk onboard – we made it 😃.

First stop, our cabin and check out the extended balcony, which means plenty of room and reclining deck chairs.    The best view is looking back but it is lovely and relaxing to sit out there and type this blog.

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Next up to the Lido deck for lunch and a sail away special cocktail. Oh my, melt in your mouth butter chicken and a cocktail that let you know you were on board the fun ship 😃

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Sail Away and we are up on top beside the mini golf. Amazing photo op as the ship pulls back into Sydney Harbour towards the bridge as the sun was setting.  We spent the next hour or so enjoying the view, running (ok walking quickly) to the rear of the ship, taking many photos and passing time with other keen photographers.

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About 7pm we headed down to dinner to be confronted with quite a long queue. However this moved surprisingly quickly and we were soon seated and being treated to the talents of Jimmy our waiter for the evening.  Jimmy took great delight in our adventurous menu choices, especially serving HWS a bowl of Gaspoucho that was a large bowl with a small stack of seasonings. We looked at each other wondering what on earth he had ordered only to have Jimmy pop up admitting he had deliberately served minus the soup portion to watch our reaction. Yep, we were ‘got’.

The entire three course meal was Devine. Melt in your mouth food.  The evenings entertainment for us was the adults only comedy club, laughter helped by a blue cocktail.  The Firebird Lounge Decor took some getting used to.  Felt a bit like Bollywood meets a Brothel, but when the house lights dim you don’t see any of it.

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