The Road Ahead : August September 2007
AUG/SEP 07 33 The Pacific Daily newsletter left under the door after dinner is the guide to the next day's activities, as well as a daily reminder of the facilities onboard. The next day, armed with my Pacific Daily, I hopped from a ballroom dancing class to a shuffle board game, picked up a book at the librar y, witnessed my first ever seahorse race and rounded of f my afternoon with a game of bingo. After this hectic first day, I discovered the key to cruising was not to overdo it. By the time we reached Airlie Beach, I found out that many of the main activities get repeated throughout the cruise, so there is plenty of time to tr y a bit of ever ything. By then, I was also ready to give my sea legs a stretch on dr y land. At each por t of call, passengers can organise their own activities or select from a range of shore tours. In Airlie Beach and the following stop -- Cairns -- we decided to make our own way around, discovering each destination in a relaxing way and making most of the time on land. At Por t Douglas, we opted to do the Great Barrier Reef tour, which took us straight from the cruise ship to a full day of outer reef sightseeing. At the end of the day, we were dropped straight back to the cruise ship. Back on board, with two sea days in front of us, we headed south towards the final por t of call, Brisbane. By this stage, I had become fully accustomed to the 'cruise lifestyle' and had nestled into a relaxed routine of reading on the deck alongside shor t interludes of organised activities -- shuffle board became a favourite. It was easy to relax with the coast of Australia just discernible in the distance and no mobile coverage making it ver y easy to leave the ever yday world behind. The abundance of choices for how you while away the hours is the beauty of cruising, par ticularly after the sun goes down. Night time enter tainment included karaoke, trivia, movies, stand-up comedy and cabaret-style shows. There were also live musicians and DJs playing music to suit most tastes in the bars and lounges. Par ticularly popular were the formal and theme nights. Passengers relished the oppor tunity to don their finer y or wacky best, with photographers on board to capture it all. From November this year, the Pacific Sun will call Brisbane home, with year-round sailing depar ting from Hamilton's Por tside Whar f. The Gateway Bridge may not be a substitute for the Sydney Harbour bridge send-off, but the Por tside Whar f at Hamilton makes a pleasant depar ture point for P&O passengers. The whar f features an array of restaurants, a Dendy Cinema, and boutique-style shopping. Leaving the final por t of call usually signals a holiday's end but, with a cruise, the journey itself is half the fun. DEALS AHOY There are a variety of discounts on P&O Cruises for RACQ members. To book your cruise on the Pacific Sun, call RACQ Travel on 1300 888 449 or visit your nearest RACQ Travel office.
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