Port in Noumea.
On September 24th I set sail on my first ever cruise trip and I can now let you all know that cruising is fun, fun, fun (especially if you really like to eat like me)!
Elegant night in the dining room (Truffles).
I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to fully appreciate life on the high seas as I’m a notorious motion sickness sufferer but can happily report that throughout the 12 day cruise I only had 2 significant sea sickness experiences. For the most part I felt fine or just a tad off balance and the two times I did feel unwell I was able to nap or go to bed and woke up feeling much better.
Now onto the fun stuff… Cruise ships are HUGE! I mean actually, ginormous! The Carnival Legend looks big from outside, sure!? BUT inside feels twice as big as it looks. We’re talking; A comedy lounge, multilevel theatre, 2 restaurants, buffet, 3 pools, 2 water slides, 3 spas, casino, decent sized bedrooms/bathrooms and 10000000000000 bars.
Enjoying a cocktail (or 2).
I learnt to play roulette, and we got ADDICTED to Bingo! My travel buddy even won $125 in one game (I won’t admit how much we spent on bingo tickets throughout the trip). We went to the hilarious adult’s only comedy shows and attended the theatre productions (singing, dancing, juggling, comedy, magic and more) every night. We drank cocktails til we could stand them no more (though only 1-2 a day as the movement of the boat was enough to make you feel drunk without a drop of alcohol). We lounged in the adult only “Serenity” area. We ate more food in those 12 days then I’d eaten the past 6 months. We chose to dine in the restaurant every night as the food was delish and the staff was incredible. We were amazed by Magic Leo’s nightly magic tricks as we dined. We joined in for Harry Potter themed trivia and one of my travel buddies and I even entered the Miss Carnival Legend competition (failing miserably!).
We also made the most of each stop along the trip. We had 5 stops and originally booked a Carnival excursion for 4 of these. Unfortunately our first excursion was cancelled as not enough people signed up. We were really disappointed but hopped off the boat in Noumea, New Caledonia determined to make the most of the day and that we did! Our first ever Jet Skiing adventure! What an experience!?! I love Jet Skiing, I’m adding owning one to my bucket list.
Jetskiing in Noumea.
Our next stop was the island Lifou which had a beautiful coral beach. Unfortunately the weather was overcast and drizzly and we weren’t fully able to appreciate the waters.
Next, Port Denaru, Fiji, where we signed up to go to a thermal mud bath! We arrived to grass lei’s and a kava ceremony before we stripped down and covered one another top to toe in owey gooey mud. We let it dry before hoping into a mud pool where the squelchy mud under foot came up to ours knees and squished around us (possibly the grossest feeling ever). Finally we were allowed into the crystal clear thermal pool to wash off and enjoy the serenity of Fiji.
Squelching in the mud bath.
The next port of call was Suva and it was time for a flying fox adventure. Flying through the trees in a little waist harness, taking in the forest sights of Fiji = my idea of FUN!
Before our flying fox adventure.
Our final and possibly best stop was the stunning Mare, New Caledonia where we caught a shuttle across the island to visit a pristine beach and coral reef. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day weather wise and it was wonderful final destination for our trip.
Soaking up the sunshine in Mare.
After 12 days at sea it was time to return back to the hustle and bustle of home life. For anyone considering a cruise I’d definitely recommend it. While I won’t be rushing back to go cruising any time soon, it’s an experience I’m so happy to have had and it allowed me to see 2 countries that I probably would never have visited otherwise. I think if I were to ever do a cruise again I’d go when I have a family of my own. It seems like a great, not so expensive way to travel with both young children and older relatives.
Graffiti wall in Noumea.
Have you been on a cruise? What did you think and would you go again?