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I can't see why you cannot clean them there...just have a glass of water and a washer with you.....:o

 

That was just a blonde moment...hehe.I do know that they only sit in the charger !!!:D

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Hi Ross

 

I don't snorkel myself but the places you are going to are perfect for it from what I've read. The tenders take you ashore and you just wander into the water and snorkel to your heart's content.

 

I believe there is a charge for the adults only deck ($10/half day??) and that includes water and ice cream?? all day.

 

Some snorkellers are sure to give you some inside tips on the best spots.

 

Jenny

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What is meant by "Tender" is this the transport from the ship to port?

 

And what is the process to get on board?

 

Ross

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What is meant by "Tender" is this the transport from the ship to port?

 

Yep

 

And what is the process to get on board?

 

What normally happens is in the morning you go to one off the lounges (It should say in the daily the previous night which lounge to go to), & Then you get a ticket with a number & then they call out a number & when your number is called you head down to your Tender.

 

Hope this helps :)

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Thanks for this, found it really helpful as we are new to cruising,

especially car parking info in Sydney :)

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I've taken tips from variuos threads and made one list for ease of use.

Hope it can be of use to all.

PDF file is attached.

 

Norman

 

 

Awesome Norman!!! How kind of you to do that. I've printed it out and also sending to my other friends that are cruising with me.

 

Thanks again Liz:D

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I've taken tips from variuos threads and made one list for ease of use.

Hope it can be of use to all.

PDF file is attached.

 

Norman

 

Thanks Norman, Great idea! I will definitely will look at the list when I pack next year on my cruise. :)

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Hi

I am new to cruising and am so excited about going on my first cruise in August. I was just wondering with the four course dining, are you able to have three courses then watch the show and then come back for the dessert???

 

Thanks Deb

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Hi Deb

 

I don't think you can go to the dining room for just dessert, but of course you can visit the buffet and have as many desserts as your little heart desires.:D:D

 

Who knows, maybe you can go just for dessert, i've just never tried.

 

Jenny

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Hi all!

is anyone going on the 21st July 09 Pacific Dawn cruise for 10nights?

This will be my second P&O cruise, ive travel alot overseas but by plane, so if anyone has some great advise with the dawn cruise id appreciate hearing about it. I would like to know about the dining, entertainment and how some of the islands are like.

My last cruise was the Pacific sky 10night and loved it!

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Hi all!

is anyone going on the 21st July 09 Pacific Dawn cruise for 10nights?

This will be my second P&O cruise, ive travel alot overseas but by plane, so if anyone has some great advise with the dawn cruise id appreciate hearing about it. I would like to know about the dining, entertainment and how some of the islands are like.

My last cruise was the Pacific sky 10night and loved it!

 

Hi Travel.Lover! Im going on the July cruise too, and definitely looking forward to it! There's quite a few people on here that are going, come and join our official roll call and introduce yourself to everyone, the link is http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=826499

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Hi there,

That was a great list but 2 things- can men wear jeans on casual nights and can you take hair straighteners?? This is our very first cruise and we are cruising on Pacific Dawn 31 Aug 09 can't wait we are so excited!!:D

 

Michelle

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Hi Michelle

 

Yes to both those questions.

 

Have a great cruise. Watch out for the karaoke nuts onboard.

 

Jenny

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Thanks so much for taking the time to put together some great ideas and information. We are cruising for the first time in October(never been out of Queensland let alone overseas) so it is good to have some insight into what we might expect

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This will be my first cruise and i am travelling with 3 friends, we are going on the Pacific Dawn in June of 2010. Is there anything we should know or take with us since it will be the start of winter?

 

Lotty:rolleyes:

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Our family are first time cruisers and will be on the Isle of Pines on Christmas day. We would like to take gifts for some of the children on the Island. We were wondering if that would be appropriate and if things like balls and textas would be a good idea or would something else be better?:confused:

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Hi Jaffa

I've only been to Isle of Pines once and the children there do not seem to be as bad off as on other islands and thus may appreciate something different??

They do get a lot of cruise ships stopping there but of late it has ceased because of swine flu fears. It may well be all clear come December though?

Maybe if you post this question as a "topic" in the main P&O forum area it might bring some suggestions?

Welcome to the addictive world of cruising!! Hope you have a fantastic time.:)

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the other writers who send in their information,i am reading just about everything.I am going on my first cruise in march, on the sun princess.Cheers from maryjo62.

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Hi everyone, thanks so much to all the contributors to this thread, it makes planning for our trip so much easier. You guys are great!! :) Things have changed a lot since I went on my last cruise.:confused:

 

We are going on Pacific Sun on 18 September 2010 out of Newcastle. I have not cruised in many years and this trip will be the first for my husband and 7 yo son (hopefully they will fall in love with cruising) so cruising can become our yearly family holiday like my family did when I was a kid.

 

Jenny

 

Past cruises

Tjiwangi x2 - 1971 and 1973

Marco Polo - 1972

Cathay - 1974

Fairsky - 1975

Arcadia - 1975

Fairstar x5 - 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 & 1980

 

Future cruises

Pacific Sun - 18 September 2010

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13/2/2010

Just back from a 12 day cruise to Indonesia. Sailing conditions were excellent apart from a bumpy ride into Fremantle but that was night time so it wasn't so bad.

 

Food was very good and crew are wonderful, so kind and giving wonderful service. Most of the entertainment is good although a lot of it is geared to the over 70's crowd. Smugglers and Speakeasy Bars are the best for alternative music with their juke boxes and more intimate surroundings.

 

If you like quiet holidays for just the 2 of you , forget cruises as after a while it becomes like a 12 day party and that can be rather wearing. Also having to line up for meals is rather wearing after a few days. Finding a chair to sit on outside can be difficult as the best cane chairs are bagged early in the morning.

 

Port stops are fun but go too quickly. I think that the Bali stop should be 2 days not just 1 day.

 

All in all a good holiday but I don't think I'll ever become a cruise junkie, as I like more unstructured holidays with fewer people around day in and day out.

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Thank you everyone for your wonderful tips. Lots of great work there.

Taking hubby and 10 yo daughter - she will be 11 next year - on Pacific Pearl on 7th April 2012. Very excited, as the last time I went on a cruise was almost 20 years ago on the Fairstar.

 

Hubby and daughter have never been on one before.

 

Can anyone give me tips on the kids clubs? She is on the 11-14 year old group and from what I can see it goes through to 1am :eek:. Are there any shows that she can come to with us at night or are they all off limits?

Also cruise cards for kids - can they only spend money on it when they are with a parent? I assume the kids club don't have them using it without parental permission?

 

Thanks :)

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First time cruiser, my wife and I on the Pacific Sun on July 1st to Noumea. Thks for all the tips guys, alot of stuff we didnt think of. But just had a few unanswered questions for anyone who has been on PS recently.

 

What unexpected costs can we expect once we are onboard? Dining, spa's, etc?

 

With the Oasis area being free, are there any other quite areas you can chill in peace? ..or is it still spacious enough for those times you need some peace.

 

How crowded does it get? We realise we are going at the start of school holidays, which will be.....interesting, but everyone states that meal times in the buffet area can get bad.

 

Thks in advance for any replies. :)

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Thank you everyone for your wonderful tips. Lots of great work there.

Taking hubby and 10 yo daughter - she will be 11 next year - on Pacific Pearl on 7th April 2012. Very excited, as the last time I went on a cruise was almost 20 years ago on the Fairstar.

 

Hubby and daughter have never been on one before.

 

Can anyone give me tips on the kids clubs? She is on the 11-14 year old group and from what I can see it goes through to 1am :eek:. Are there any shows that she can come to with us at night or are they all off limits?

Also cruise cards for kids - can they only spend money on it when they are with a parent? I assume the kids club don't have them using it without parental permission?

 

Thanks :)

 

When I went on my first cruise (2009) I was 15 and LOVED the kids club (TEEN HQ+). The youth staff are great and soon become your bestfriend.

It does run through to 1am, however from 10.30m onwards its usually just a movie playing and only a few people stay.

 

Shows: Almost all the shows are for all ages, except for some of the smaller (comedy type) shows in some of the bars. So you are more than welcome to take her to them.

 

With the cruise card, parents can put a limit on there children's. Say you put $50 on your daughters card, and when she reaches it you can decide to increase it or not.

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Thank you for the great informative post. i mainly wanted to ask about the money used on the Islands but you seem to have covered that. Have cruised before but never in Australia so we are really looking forward to it.

:) helen

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Just to advise that most cruise lines not just PO now confiscate your power boards due to fires they have caused I would suggest you take a double adaptor instead

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Taking wife on first cruise and doing Pacific Eden up to Moreton Bay. We are experienced air travellers and this is first time on a ship.

Any tips for a cruise going out of White Bay?

Will be coming down from Port Stephens.

:D:D

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