Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Back From our Sea Princess Cruise

Pacific Island Cruise Itinerary
It's always a bit of a 'back to reality' shock after finishing a cruise. Today I was at the supermarket wishing I was still on board the lovely 'Sea Princess', being treated like a princess! We have just had 14 days of calm seas and mostly blue skies on a Pacific Island cruise which we thoroughly enjoyed.
   Our itinerary began at Sydney then headed northeast across the Coral Sea to Lifou in the Loyalty Islands, part of New Caledonia. Last time we were at Lifou it was cloudy and windy. This time the weather was great so the place looked like a beautiful photo in a tourist brochure.
   Port Vila, Vanuatu was next, then four ports of call in Fiji: Port Denerau on the west coast near Nadi; Suva, the capital; Savusavu on the other big island, Vanua Levu; and the tiny island of Dravuni, south of Suva. Noumea was our last port before returning to Sydney.
   One of the reasons we liked this cruise itinerary was that it had 6 sea days. I really enjoy days at sea - the chance to chill out on a steamer deck chair on the Promenade deck and watch the waves or wander inside to a craft class, cooking demonstration or an interesting lecture. No pressure, no queues. That's when cruising is really relaxing.
   I'll write more about the ports and the 'Sea Princess' over my next few blog posts. So keep cruising along with me!

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