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Imag­ine! Cruis­ing to take your breath away, day af­ter won­der­ful day...

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Cruise around the Pa­cific Is­lands for fun in the sun

want a hol­i­day dream come true? Slip away for a week’s cruis­ing around the is­lands of the Pa­cific and take a blissful, mem­o­rable, ex­cit­ing, co­coon­ing, ex­hil­a­rat­ing break from every­day life.

Take your pick of ships, but you can re­ally set your heart rac­ing with an­tic­i­pa­tion as you head up the gang­way on P&O Cruises’ re­cently revamped Pa­cific Ex­plorer. The ship sails out of Syd­ney and as the voy­age kicks off with two days at sea, you re­lax into cruise mode as soon as you em­bark. It’s mid-size (1998 pas­sen­gers), oh-so com­fort­able and is loved by all age groups.

Life aboard ship makes you feel out-of-this-world spe­cial. For adults there are two se­cluded re­treats, very cool bars, eight din­ing op­tions and shows to cap­ti­vate and en­ter­tain you through the day and late into the night if you’re so in­clined. And in­dul­gent cor­ners abound here, there and ev­ery­where for you to sit read, re­lax and chat, cock­tail or chai in hand.

For the kids (grown-ups too, re­ally), there are dual wa­ter­slides, Seg­way rides, a zip line, lawn bowls, kids’ clubs and great pools!

Get aboard the eight-day cruise to Nouméa, Maré and the Isle of Pines and in be­tween go­ing ashore for ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at these ex­otic des­ti­na­tions, you’ll be spoilt for choice for awe­some walks around the decks; ex­er­cise and gym classes for all lev­els; in­deed classes of all types in­clud­ing arts and crafts. In fact, you can fill your days be­ing de­light­fully busy – or not.

Then wine and dine your way around the ship. The Pantry has nine dif­fer­ent food sta­tions and, like the main Wa­ter­front restau­rant, it’s free of charge and open for break­fast, lunch and din­ner.

In the evenings spe­cialty restau­rant Shell & Bones is set up for you to feast for a very rea­son­able $40 for two peo­ple. And it’s all de­li­cious! Bou­tique restau­rants An­gelo’s (Ital­ian) and Dragon Lady (Asian) are in­cluded in your fare; ex­tra-charge eater­ies in­clude Luke’s (juicy burg­ers), A Taste of Salt (Luke Man­gan) and 400 Gradi (de­li­cious pizza).

Pa­cific Ex­plorer also has a va­ri­ety of stylish bars for trivia, quizzes and live mu­sic; chic bars for in­ti­mate cock­tails; or ro­man­tic bars for late-night rev­ellers. And you won’t want to miss the risqué cabaret-style show, Love Riot – it’s cer­tainly not your av­er­age cruise en­ter­tain­ment!

You can do as much or as lit­tle as you like dur­ing the cruise, go ashore on a va­ri­ety of tours at each port or stay on­board and have the ship to your­self. But one thing’s for sure, you’ll ar­rive back home feel­ing loved, rested, looked-af­ter and ready to book your next cruise.

You’ll barely see the kids – there’s so much for them to do

Get your heart rac­ing on the zip line – woo hoo!

Choose any of many lounges to re­lax the way you want

It’s cabaret like you won’t imag­ine! You’ll love the shows

Make mine a cock­tail thanks!

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