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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
Iwas a little ner vous about doing a cruise with my family. Would there be enough to keep young children occupied? I was pleasantly surprised. We all loved the spacious cabin, with plenty of space for clothes (wonderful to just unpack once) and our bathroom with shower, basin and toilet. The ship was large and designed for comfort as well as activity. With two pools, three lounges, a casino, three bars, nightclub, art gallery, five dining rooms, library, day spa and plenty of shopping, I soon realised there would be no time to be bored. The Pacific Daily was placed in our cabin every night with the planned activities advertised for the next day. This gave us a chance to organise ourselves. The activities covered a broad spectrum, so everyone was catered for. There was everything from craft activities to trivia, games and of course the much-loved bingo. For more active passengers, dance and circus classes were available as well as pool volleyball competitions. Movies were also played on the big screen a few times a day. At night the boat seemed to come alive even more with Las Vegas-style shows, including celebrity performances such as Ugly Dave Grey and Simon Gillespie, comedy club performances and special theme nights, which bring the passengers together -- almost the entire ship would attend, meet and mingle. Dining was an experience in itself! Two dining rooms ser ved à la carte meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The buffet on the pool deck was open for casual dining most of the day. The Steakhouse and Pizzeria were the alternate dining restaurants -- a surcharge applies here. We dined at the Steakhouse for $25 per person -- the meal was certainly worth the extra money. I really enjoyed the fact that you didn't need to have money or cash on the ship. All purchases are made on your Cr uise Card -- everything from a soft drink to duty free shopping and shore excursions. The card was also our ID for embarking and disembarking. Children on the cruise were really well looked after. Our daughter didn't want to leave Kids' Club at all, even on shore days. It was open from 9am-12pm and then from 2pm until 10.30pm. There was also a babysitting ser vice. Children had their ow n Pacific Daily activity sheet delivered every night. The activities ranged from craft activities, treasure hunts and computer game competitions to their ow n theme night parties. Shore days and shore excursions are another part of the cr uising experience. Our organised options in and around Cairns were very well-organised and interesting. I would always recommend doing a shore excursion to get the most out of your time ashore. Cruising is a wonderfully-rela xing and hassle-free way to travel -- we enjoyed a real family holiday! Been there, done that Carrie-Ann Williams cruises from Brisbane to Darwin aboard Pacific Sun Carrie-Ann with RACT Travelworld Kingston Shop 49A Channel Court Phone 6242 3211 Glenorchy Corner Terry Street and Main Road Phone 6212 9500 Launceston Cor ner York and George Streets Phone 6335 5655 Devonport 119 Rooke Street Mall Phone 6421 1977 Ulverstone RACT Travelworld 38 Reibey Street Phone 6425 8050 Burnie 24 North Ter race Phone 6434 2955 Carrie-Ann Williams has worked in the travel industry for eight years. She has loved everywhere she has been, but her favourite city is London. "It's an amazing feeling to be in such a trendy, modern city and be surrounded by so much history," Carrie-Ann says. Another favourite travel experience was spending three days at Knights Inlet in British Columbia in Canada, observing grizzly bears close-up. "We were only metres away from the bears in their natural habitat, watching them feed, groom their young and play," she says. Contact Carrie-Ann at RACT Travelworld in Ulverstone on 6425 8050. 55 December 09 / January 10
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