Family Holiday on the High Seas- Part 7 Final days


Port Vila, another lovely spot for different reasons.
This time we decided to pay the price and visit a cultural centre to find out something about Vanuatu culture. I am so glad we did, we have gained so much knowledge from the two hours we spent walking around the forest home of a traditional tribe of 500. 
Ekasup Cultural village is not a show as such, but you are walked through the village and talked to about different ways of life, food, hunting, traditions, etc, etc.
Really worth while and fun.
This Island reminds me of Fiji, the people want to engage and are smiling and gentle (other than those with the spears hiding in bushes)

The Port is amazingly clear, you can see the fish and rocks next to the boat!
Coming in was quite and relaxed. 
Perhaps we take another look at the resort beaches next time.
 Well that was the last stop before three more days at see having fun.

 We all had an amazing holiday and we can't wait to save up for another cruise!
Carnival Legend was a great fun filled family ship, seventy percent of the passengers were families, and the rest a mix of young couples and older retired couples, great for kids. I think their entertainment will evolve considering the amount of families cruising, which will only make a great ship better (as would a change in decor).
It seems the cruising life is for us!
Signing off!

Family Holiday on the High Seas -Part 6

 A Second Paradise.

We nearly missed this lovely place, the Captain was unsure because of high winds and bad weather earlier in the morning, but we were meant to see this lovely spot in Vanuatu. 
The neighbouring Islands were getting rained on but it soon cleared and we were first on the beach for some more excellent snorkelling adventures.
After crossing the runway, which goes through the middle of the Island, we found a spot of crystal clear water and set about getting geared up.

There were plenty of fish to keep us occupied, including schools of quite large fish, nemo style fish, parrot looking fish, etc, etc and a Giant Porcupine fish (look him up).
H really got the hang of snorkelling and J is really confident with it now. 
We didn't carry our fins, so when the current changed we headed for the locals to have a chat and see what was on offer.
 This is a small Island, easily walked around, but no locals live on the Island, they say it is haunted at night, so they come across when the cruise ships arrive and they are extremely friendly and welcoming.
It is said the Queen herself stopped here for afternoon tea!


 Some outrigger canoeing.
 The local school children singing to raise money for books.

 The Island long drop, needless to say we waited.
Locals having fun with their history and making the most of tourist dollars.

 A lovely spot, beautiful locals, fun snorkelling, thank you Mystery Island.
 Next stop Port Vila, Vanuatu

Family Holiday on the high Seas -Part 5


Cruising into Noumea was picturesque, very mountainous and lovely clear water once agin.


We decide not to do any shore excursion here, hoping to walk around the city centre and speak French! unfortunately it was Sunday and everything was closed.
We walked to the markets and saw all the fresh produce and local fish market.
It was hot, but we decided to walk through the town.
It was not a particularly nice feeling with bars on windows, perhaps the resort areas are a little different.
We decided to head back to the ship as we were still tired after our beach day.





 Dad wanted to be on the ships cam.
Next Stop Mystery Island!




Family Holiday on the High Seas - Part 4

Paradise!

This is Yedjele beach where we spent the morning snorkelling and seeing tropical fish only metres from the sand. Coconuts lay strewn under the trees and little huts shaded local villagers selling their wares or "coka kola".
 We arrived early before the rush of 2000 cruise passengers spoilt the view (us included). It was windy but the the water was clear and fish life abundant. 
The boys learned to snorkel and what a great place to do it.





The locals were not as friendly as we had expected, those selling goods seemed inconvenienced and there was quite a bit of graffiti around the Island. 
Perhaps these cruise ships are an inconvenience (understandably), or perhaps they are welcome as a way of earning some cash and we misread the French speaking locals?
 I am undecided on what the case is because we didn't have an opportunity to talk to anyone except for the boys who played with a local boy who just smiled while Mum watched from under a tree.

We loved the snorkelling.

 I enjoyed the variety of trees.
Did I mention the beautiful water.
A lovely day at the beach.
 Thumbs up to Mare.
Next stop Noumea.

Family Holiday on The High seas - Part 3


The night was a little stormy but all we felt was slight rocking for a short time.
The next two days were days at sea.
It was water park time...

The Legend has a water park on the top deck, the boys spent quite a lot of time here and it wasn't too busy considering 600 children on board!
When it opens it has water everywhere and a big bucket that tips water on you and other gizmos. There are two slides, the yellow twister and the green thunder.
This is the green thunder...
You stand up and the floor drops from underneath and you slide of the side of the ship in ten seconds flat. That is Jarrod above. Dad also had a go, Harrison stayed on the yellow one.
There was plenty to do. each evening we would check our activities for the next day and plot a course.
we played Giant chess, mini golf, ping pong (not so good in the wind) and fooseball was a hit.
(that is an extra giant chess piece on the left)

We especially liked watching the shows at night. 
On the Legend they had Playlist Productions , music and dancing and they were very polished.
We tried an art auction, trivia games, ABBA singalong, 70s singalong, learned towel animal folding, watched a puppet show, listened to Dr Seuss interactive storytime, and went to comedy shows, listened to plenty of music and Jarrod competed on stage at the Hasbro giant gameshow and won a prize!
 We dressed for dinner, had zillions of photos taken, walked the decks, relaxed and even had a midday nap!
 We took the boys along to the camp carnival childrens' club introduction talk, but they were not fussed about the activities on offer, Harrison tried a session for three minutes and then was ready to leave. I was hoping there would be a space for children to get together freely with games, lego etc, where they could free play and make friends, however these clubs are set up like American school camps, very organised. 
So we free played around the ship and there was so much else to do on our family holiday.
 The water was clear and we spotted flying fish.

 It was definitely a fun filled trip and relaxing at the same time and we hadn't even got to our first port yet!
 Next stop Mare, New Caledonia...