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About Suzbluz

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    Canberra, Australia
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    south pacific
  1. A day spent on the beach sounds perfect for new years! Its a beautiful island with gorgeous water, I'm sure you'll love it. Maybe take a little cash with you for the markets. Only small but you might find something you have to have. We once bought board shorts because my son left his on the ship and it was easier than going back.
  2. we did the island discovery tour on carnival website. The first three times at isle of pines we just snorkeled and walked around and loved it. For the fourth visit I though we'd do something different. There was more to the island than I realised. It's not a mind blowing tour but i really enjoyed seeing more of my favourite port. I'd do it again.
  3. Isle of pines is my favourite. I always snorkel at sacred rock but last time we went we booked a half day ships tour of the island and it was really good. Still had plenty of time for swimming. Tchou tchou train is a good overview of Nouméa but my favourite tour was segways at the zoo.
  4. I think the numbers are capped for kids club. I always book asap as I like to cross things off my list so i can start relaxing and having just one child it would have been disappointing for him to miss out and be stuck with the oldies!
  5. Jinek bay is great so I'd book that ticket straight up. If you snorkel on the beach near where you get off at lifou you can be lucky and see turtles. I recommed booking into kids club straight away too.
  6. Its very busy in the blue mountains on weekends so if it was me, I'd try to go on the Friday. I second the recommendation for the hydro majestic.
  7. Have a look at wild life Sydney zoo. In the city so easy to get to. Not as great as taronga zoo but if what you want is native animals it would have what you're after and doesn't take long to get around.
  8. You might enjoy 'wild life Sydney zoo' which is a small zoo in Sydney CBD which has a lot of native animals. You can hold a koala etc. They used to have a discount pass that includes the aquarium, Sydney tower and madam Tussaud. Sydney tower gives a great view of sydney too.
  9. This is similar to how I get my value for money. Plus by buying in advance in Aussie dollars inc grats on RC it is even better value.
  10. As others say it all depends onhow much you want to drink. Brisbane41 always responds that no human can drink enough to justify a drinks package and they are a massive rip off but I disagree. On our last cruise we paid $63 a day and easily got our moneys worth. I'm on holidays and let my hair down for 10 days and for me it makes sense but if it was $20 more then I would pay as I go. Its not something someone else can really decide for you. Have a great cruise!
  11. Hi. Im on 3 nights Pacific Explorer to Eden on 15 November 2019, thanks suzbluz
  12. We chose to do a cruise of Queen Charlotte sounds out of Picton and that was a really good half day excursion.
  13. I really loved Ovation. There was lots to do. Solarium is a nice spot to relax in. The staff were all great. Actually I don't have anything negative to say about it. We cruised NZ for first time in December on Ovation and loved it as a destination. Have travelled by land before but enjoyed new places like Napier. I would do that cruise again tomorrow.
  14. our recent cruise with RCI we booked in Australia in Aussie dollars and gratuities were included in the fare.
  15. I think sometimes they are worth it and sometimes not. For our recent royal Caribbean cruise we paid $63 AUD grats included. Compared to paying on boardboard per drink in US dollars plus grats it was a bargain as I let my hair down on holidays and it didn't take much to get value. I'm certainly not an alcoholic and I think its pretty judgmental to say anyone who gets a package must be.
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