Sailing from Sydney is always a beautiful time, the lights are so nice. We headed to Lautoka Fiji and after days we were looking forward to getting off, unfortunately I did not book any tours as we had been there before, mistake Lautoka is a filthy dirty city. The bus drops you at Jacks Duty Free store and that's the only place you should go buy your stuff and get back on the bus to the ship. Those that went on tours said they were well worth it and seen the beautiful side of Fiji.
Sailing on to Raiatea French Polynesia - WOW WOW WOW the Captain told us all to be on deck to witness the breathtaking scenery when we made our way around the islands, it was truly spectacular. Unfortunately it was so chaotic at the port to try and book tours and to hire a car was impossible. Even those who pre booked missed their tours because the guides did not wait for them. We managed a snorkeling trip which was great.
Off to Bora Bora - and this place is heaven on earth, people wonderful, water indescribably beautiful, tours great - we did a swim with the sharks and stingrays and well worth it. Back from that we headed of on a tour of the island which only takes about 1.5 hours and Annie and her husband were wonderful guides. You have to see this beautiful place to believe it.
Off to Papeete - meet by the Tahitian dances on the wharf it was lovely, walked around to find a hire car place but gave that a miss as the driving was crazy. Hired a taxi with the driver Dianna to take us around the island as son wanted to go to Teahupoo - where the world surfing is held once a year - well worth it, 5 and a half hours later returned to the ship. Papeete is a dirty, disgusting island the Tahitians seem to live in poverty whilst the French live very well off.
Moorea - French Polynesia next beautiful as Bora Bora again decided to swim with sharks and stingrays and enjoyed the experience again. Then off for a BBQ lunch on an island. This was like swimming in an aquarium so beautiful. Passed on the chicken for lunch just had the rice and bread roll, those that ate the chicken all seemed to end up sick over the next day or two. Lots of cats hanging around your feet on the island and dogs. The staff for this tour washing the dirty bowls etc in the ocean and then served up the next lot of food.?????
Off to Honolulu and our final place, love Hawaii this was my 8th time and it is still great, and wonderful shopping.
Overall the ship spectacular, the staff went above and beyond what was expected of them. Food fabulous, show amazing, casino great, bingo fantastic won $780 on the second day. Seas perfect, weather perfect Captain mentioned that this was the most perfect cruise he has ever had, perfect weather and perfect seas.
Our Head Waiter Roel was just fantastic and his Assistant Waiter Florencio was always so attentive.
I had previously read reviews from previous passengers who commented on alot of things about this ship, but they need to get their heads out of the rear end because the decor, the stateroom, the furnishing, the shows, the food, the staff, the activities were ALL FANTASTIC. The kids loved the teen lounge, we only seen them if they turned up for our time dining in the Edelweiss Room they met so many new friends and loved every day of the cruise.
We all cried when we had to get off. Best holiday a family could ever ask for.