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  1. Day 6: Isle of Pines, New Caledonia Just another day in paradise. Another tender port, and the section of the island you arrive in is mostly uninhabited. The locals set up markets and tours here too. We went snorkelling (coral still recovering from cyclone) then hit the beach bar when it started raining.
  2. Day 5: Mystery Island, Vanuatu Mystery Island is paradise! A tiny uninhabited island, you can walk around it in about 30 minutes. You tender over, and the locals visit from a neighbouring island and set up markets, food and massage booths. It has wonderful snorkelling right off the beach from a number of points around the island.
  3. Day 3: Noumea, New Caledonia We love Noumea and have visited a number of times. The port is in an industrial area, with free shuttles to town. Today was a Sunday, so we hit the markets, and then headed to Baie des Citrons (Lemon Bay) for an excellent French lunch and beers at the microbrewery Les 3 Brasseurs.
  4. Day 3: Sea Day Rinse and repeat.... Also 10 drink cocktail cards $79 were available today. Plus we were able to use our Diaomond 3 drinks vouchers in the MDR each night.
  5. Day 2: At Sea Thank goodness for a sea day after too much partying the night before! We spent a lot of time on the balcony today ๐Ÿ˜ and then hit the pools The first formal night was tonight, MDR dinner and then bars again....
  6. We loved the outdoor seating outside the diamond lounge, and spent a lot of time out there. I had no trouble getting the cocktails I wanted (including Long Island Iced Tea and Rasberry Collins) after a tip to the waitstaff. After dinner in the MDR (excellent all cruise) we hit the bars....
  7. Next day was cruise day! We ignored the boarding day times email and rolled into the port by train at 10am. Boarding was super quick (still priority boarding for Diamonds in Australia ๐Ÿ˜). After hitting a few bars, we checked out our cabin. I had snagged the corner aft 7388 and it did not disappoint! Excellent party balcony and after a while you do not notice the superstructure.
  8. We love sailing out of Sydney, and spent a few days before the cruise hanging out, including a trip on the ferry to Manly Beach. We visited the 4 Pines Brewery for lunch, it was excellent (and the food was good too ๐Ÿ˜)
  9. I have always loved reading other reviews so am paying it forward ๐Ÿ˜ My husband and I sailed on Explorer of the Seas out of Sydney to the South Pacific on 24 January. The 8 night itinerary included ports we have been to numerous times (that we love).
  10. No one needs to "look up to" anyone. Calm the farm.
  11. We tip our favourite Diamond waiter/bartender approx $20 at the start and end of the cruise. I can't be bothered carrying singles, and tipping at the start of the cruise ensures we always have the same staff member. Edited to add - I seem to always be on cruises which have a Diamond lounge overflow so numerous waitstaff.
  12. Loss of the app has decreased my use, and the 'Search' function sucks.
  13. Try checking the Royal UK site - it shows more cabin availability. You can then call to book.
  14. You are correct, the feeling is mutual. OP - you have been lucky to get the compensation you have received from Royal - count your blessings.
  15. I have a B2B booked on Freedom next November and the bad reviews of โ€˜bad behaviourโ€™ have no impact on my decision-making. I am looking forward to the diversity. I have experienced some level of annoying people on every cruise, no matter if the port was in Bayonne, Hong Kong or Sydney. I never let the behaviour worry me - if it is impacting me I mention it to the person in question or the crew, or find somewhere else to be. I also find diversity and rowdiness of other passengers make a cruise more fun. If I want to snooze I will sail HAL!
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