South Pacific Cruise 2017 … part 1

One more full day at sea on our much-anticipated cruise. Apart from some so-so health early on, it’s been a truly wonderful experience. By Christmas time, I was seriously exhausted in so many ways so this cruise (booked back in 2015) could not come soon enough. Just what the doctor ordered. Lots of free time, swims, sightseeing, amazing array of food (too much of it), good times with our friends Glenn and Jan, coffees, reading, sleeping and plain relaxing … something which I’m not wonderful at😔Our embarking from Brisbane at 4.30 pm Friday was preceded by a drive to/from Buderim Uniting Church, where good friend Bruce Ames invited me to preach at his Pastor commissioning. It went well, as did the Bruce Highway traffic flow back.

So the next two days were thoroughly enjoyed doing as much or as little as we chose – that’s cruising.




Our cruise had four ports of call – Champagne Bay and Port Vila in Vanuatu, then Lifou and Noumea in New Caledonia; Vanuatu an interesting mix of British and French, New Caledonia very French with Noumea quite developed and cosmopolitan. Both countries seem, amongst other things to have quite a liking for Twisties 😀

Monday – Champagne Bay

  • To shore by tender
  • Beautiful blue swimming water
  • Really enjoyable outrigger canoe ride
  • As lush as


Tuesday – Port Vila

  • Curious blend of developed and underdeveloped
  • Enjoyed the Mele Cultural Centre. Jan and I ended up in the cannibal’s cooking pot


Wednesday – Lifou

  • Hair-raising van trip across this Loyalty Island
  • Another beautiful, idyllic-looking swimming

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