CLIA Masters and Cruise on Carnival Spirit by Martyn Chapman

I have just been lucky enough to have taken my Cruise Masters course on board Carnival Spirit with an 8-day cruise to the Pacific Islands. Poor old I had to work for 5 of my 8 days but I still got to see and use the facilities of the ship and so here are my […]


Aloha! This is of course the welcome you receive as soon as you set foot on the beautiful shores of Hawaii. Learn to say it quickly, as you will hear it constantly throughout your holiday in Hawaii, it has several meanings. The Hawaiian locals are some of the friendliest I have ever come across, their […]

New Caledonia by Cassandra Trezise (part 2-final)

Noumea has numerous museums. Tjibaou is a must do to help appreciate the evolution of New Caledonia as well as the history and customs of the Indigenous Kanak people.Baie des Citrons is another spectacular area along the city beaches well worth exploring. A new development called the “Mirage” houses many outstanding restaurants with a huge […]

New Caledonia by Cassandra Trezise (part 1)

On August 8th I set off to New Caledonia. It had been 10 years since I was last in Noumea so I was very keen to see how it had evolved. We picked up a car at the airport from Thrifty for a mere $ 70 per day. The staff reminds us about the toll […]

P&O Cruise from Brisbane by Paul Buck

I recently had a wonderful week cruising with P&O on the Pacific Dawn. The cruise was their ‘Week Fantastique’ cruise and it literally takes a week – Saturday to Saturday. It’s hard to believe how much you can pack into seven days cruising. We sailed direct from Brisbane which saved the worry about weight restrictions […]