Posts tagged New Caledonia
First Cruise for 2018 - Cruise 14 & 15 Radiance of the Seas

The next big adventure is onboard the class namesake Radiance of the Seas. Last year I sailed on her slightly newer sister ship - the Serenade of the Seas. It's one of Royal Caribbeans smaller ships, but with over 2000 guests, she is still a big ship.

The Serenade is one of my favourite ships. There is a level of intimacy you just don't find on Royal Caribbeans larger floating villages. So I imagine Radiance will be its equal in this regard. But there are other factors to what makes a great cruise. I will just have to wait and see how this one shapes up.

Itinerary - CRUISE 15

  • Auckland πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ
  • Bay of Islands πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ
  • Tauranga πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ
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  • Wellington πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ
  • Akaroa πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ
  • Port Chalmers (Dunedin) πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ
  • Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ
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  • Melbourne πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
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  • Port Kembla πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
  • Newcastle πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
  • Sydney πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

Itinerary - CRUISE 14

  • Sydney πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
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  • Noumea πŸ‡³πŸ‡¨
  • Mare Isle πŸ‡³πŸ‡¨
  • Lifou Isle πŸ‡³πŸ‡¨
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  • Suva πŸ‡«πŸ‡―
  • Lautoka πŸ‡«πŸ‡―
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  • Vav'U πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡΄
  • Nuku'Alofa πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡΄
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  • Auckland πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ

Finally, one of the best rewards I can get.  Β 

Finally, one of the best rewards I can get.


Some big milestones on these cruises. I will reach 364 points. That means I get another milestone "brick" (an etched glass block). 

But the biggest reason to celebrate, and one that will have a rather large effect on all future cruises. At 340 points you gain access to "single supplement fare reduce to 150%" no more double fares for me 🀘🏼.

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Explorer of the Seas
A beautiful morning in Neutral Bay. Β 

A beautiful morning in Neutral Bay. Β 

I woke up this morning, way too earlyactually,  to greet Explorer of the Seas as she sailed past on her way to Circular Quay. I have a soft spot in my heart for this ship, mainly because I have spent just over 2 months on board this year.

Here she is. Β Β 

Here she is. Β Β 

Today I will board her for the final time this year. We will be heading to New Caledonia and Vanuatu on this cruise. It includes a new port for me, πŸ˜€. Port Vila. 

One thing I’m looking forward to on this cruise is catching up with the cruise director, Topi, who I met in the Serenade of the Seas earlier this year. I also get to catch up with the his staff, one more sail away party with; Heart, Kristine, Silvia, Jacob and Michael. Some very excellent people who make cruising so awesome. 


There’s only one cruise ship larger that comes to Sydney, and that’s next. Β