We were travelling with 2 others and chose this cruise as it went to Norfolk Island and Tonga. Unfortunately we did not get to Norfolk Island due to large swells at the landing point. I am not sure why they continue to advertise Norfolk as I don't know how often they actually get there. This was the third time this ship had tried and failed.
Apart from that, the cruise was good and did manage to get to all other ports.
We flew into our embarkation city and had organised airport to ship transfers which worked well. At the cruise terminal we were chosen to participate in a trial to combine customs with immigration procedures and this enabled us to get onboard very quickly.
The oceanview cabin was a really good size with plenty of room to move around. The shower was an oblong shape with plenty of room also.
We found the quality of the food a lot better then previous P&O cruises we had been on and the service was also very good. The first night on the ship we organised for the same table each night. The service options were 5.00pm or 7.15pm so we opted for the early seating.
The entertainment on board was quite good and we managed to get to most shows. As ti was a Bounty cruise, they had a quest lecturer doing a few talks on Mutiny on the Bounty history which were very good.
We did not book any port excursions through the ship. Having been to most ports before, we did our own thing by booking local tour operators once leaving the ship.
Our ports of call were, Nuku'Alofa and Vava'U, Tonga; Suva, Port Denarau and Dravuni Island, Fiji; and Noumea, New Caledonia.
At Nuku'Alofa it cost us $180 for 3.5hrs driving around the island looking at local sights. At Vava'U we asked a local to take us to a resort where we could have a swim, a drink and a meal so ended up at the Tongan Beach Resort where we had to pay ten Tongan Pa'anga to get in but it was a nice relaxing time spent there.
At Suva we went to the Grand Pacific Hotel which was under construction last time we were there. It looks like it is based on Raffles Hotel, Singapore in the style of construction. It has a nice outlook over the water. I also paid AUD5 for one hour of unlimited Wifi connection there. Wifi connection on board the ship is very expensive and slow, so we did not bother with it. After that, we went downtown to have a look at the city centre.
We had also been to Port Denarau a few times so we went to another resort for a swim and lunch.
Dravuni Island was a really nice surprise. Typical tropical island with nice beaches, palms, stalls and friendly people. We had a swim in the ocean and walked over the island.
Noumea was another place we had visited a few times previously, so we went to Lemon Beach for lunch.
Overall, this was a very good cruise, however, 5 days at sea before we reached land due to our missing Norfolk.
The cabin was excellent. It was an oceanview with large window. There was plenty of room to move around and had two chairs, one against the desk and the other under the window.
The bathroom was a good size and we had plenty of room in the shower which was an oblong shape. There were two compartments either side of the main mirror for all your essentials. However, there was no hairdryer available. If you require this it had to be ordered from reception.
A large hanging space was opposite the bathroom and was easily accessible. There were also about 8 drawers in this area plus four drawers on either side of the bed so plenty of storage space. 110v and 240v power was available.
A safe for personal belongings was available for use above the large set of drawers and a small fridge located in the hallway of the cabin.
Looked good from a distance but did not get there due to large swells. Need to fligh in next time.
This is a lovely island and we had a good day there. Nice beaches and good swimming. A lot of people were snorkeling. The locals have stalls with handcrafts some of which we did not see at the other Fiji ports and they do accept Australian dollars.
There is a local primary school within a short walk of disembarkation and a stall selling beer as well.
Apparently this is another stop which can be difficult to get to, so we may have been lucky this trip. The weather was fabulous.
Port Denarau is a great place to visit. We have been there a few times before and have seen most of the usual tourist activities.
This time we opted to go to a local resort and have a swim, beer and lunch. We ended up at Wyndham Beach Resort which is apparently a timeshare. Very nice facility and somewhere we could go back to if staying longer in Fiji.