our Christmas to beat all…

I just have to give you a sneak peek at the fantastic Christmas holiday that my family just returned home from. For something completely different for us, we decided to experience a Christmas away from home this year. We went on a cruise to the Pacific islands of New Caledonia and Vanuatu, visiting 4 islands on a 9-day trip. It is the first cruise we have ever been on, and loved every minute of it.
Just a few holiday snaps- hope you don’t mind!
Leaving Brisbane on the Pacific Dawn:
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The ship’s crew were so very good in looking after everyone one on board, and there was so much effort to enhance the Christmas theme.
Christree
We went to the Isle of Pines first, then Mystery Island for Christmas Day itself. Certainly a different way to spend the day!
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Santa even found his way to the ship:
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With my son- getting ready for Christmas dinner (without cooking and cleaning up afterwards-yay!)
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At Port Vila in Vanuatu we went kayaking and snorkelling- I had a little turn at that-
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We visited the markets on the islands- look: that’s a familiar pattern!
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There were so many activities on the ship for the days when we were at sea- even an ice-carving demonstration, although he had to work quickly in the heat!
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I can’t recommend it more highly – it was a beautiful Christmas for us. Hope you had a great day too!
Ship xmas dec