South Pacific & Tonga – January 2018

Some opportunities come by only once and this cruise is no exception. Aboard, my personal favourite, the Radiance of the Seas, this cruise includes two ports in the Tonga islands and is only offered once a year.

In addition to this it also includes Mare another island that is new to the Royal Caribbean itinerary.
Therefore for those who have been before and want to see something new – this sailing is one not to miss – three ports waiting to be discovered.

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Welcome aboard Radiance of the Seas for this 14 Nights adventure.

Radiance

The newly renovated Radiance of the Seas provides a dazzling at-sea experience with floor-to-ceiling glass walls will take your breath away. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, you’ll never be at a loss for an incredible view. Plus, they have just added eight new dining experiences, ranging from casual eats at Boardwalk Doghouse, to the family-style Italian fare at Giovanni’s Table, to the sizzling skewers of Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse.

Other new features include a Royal Babies & Tots Nursery, VIP guest lounges, and an outdoor, poolside movie screen showing first-run movies day and night. Whether you seek adventurous activities, relaxing moments, or fine fare, Radiance of the Seas has the features to please every taste.

WHEN:
Departing Sydney 3rd January 2018 and returning to Auckland new Zealand 17th January 2018

PRICE
Prices below are based on a TWIN SHARE – Please request prices for 3rd /4th person or Single Supplement

from $2089* – Interior room
from $2339* – Oceanview
from $2689* – Deluxe Balcony
from $2889* Superior Balcony
PLUS  Scrapbooking FEE $450

*prices subject to availability and maybe withdrawn at anytime from RCC

OUR PRICES INCLUDED

  • Gratuities, Port Fees and taxes
  • All meals (alcohol additional – drink packages available onboard)
  • All onboard entertainment and shows
  • Use of PRIVATE room – Convention Centre 24/7
  • Goodie bag (or should I say box)
  • Prizes and giveaway
  • 5 Classes on cruising days
  • Spectacular ports of call

*Optional Shore Excursions are available

BOOKINGS /  DEPOSITS / PAYMENTS

Bookings are made by completing the online booking form above, which will be directed to Geelong Travel where an agent will contact you to confirm and discuss cabin requirements.  No actual deposit/payment is made through this website.

A $200 deposit will be required to guarantee your reservation and this is then payable to Geelong Travel. You will receive a reservation number once you have directly paid them the deposit.  Full payment for balance of cruise/any other travel arrangments made and the scrapbooking portion is payable and due by the date indicated on your invoice.

DAY 1 – DEPART SYDNEY

  • Welcome aboard Radiance of the Seas
  • Access to your cabins after 2pm. Take this opportunity until your cabin is ready to explore and navigate your way around the ship.
  • 30pm feel free to come down to the conference room, meet a few people and drop off your scrapping supplies.
  • Say Bon Voyage around 18.30 and admire the iconic sights of Sydney such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour from the deck as we sail out to the South Pacific
  • Tonight enjoy the welcome shown the Theatre

DAY 2 – (CRUISING)

  • Welcome and general meet and greet your fellow crafters 9.30am
  • First Class 10.00 – 12.30pm. Enjoy the spacious teaching space and get ready for an awesome class to prepare you for what is to come over the next two weeks.
  • Feel free to shop an onboard scrapbook store
  • Lunch
  • Free to return to conference room to complete any uncompleted work from this morning’s class or just enjoy on-board activities.

DAY 3 – (CRUISING)

  • 10:00 am – 12.30 pm Class 2 Commences
  • Onboard Scrap Store Open ½ hour prior and after classes.
  • Lunch
  • Again feel free to return to work on projects or be a little adventurous and take on some of the onboard activities.
  • Cocktail Party – Get to know your fellow cruisers. Time TBA

DAY 4 – Noumea, Caledonia

ARRIVES 08:00 DEPARTS 17:00 (DOCKED)

New Caledonia is home to the world’s largest lagoon, spectacular reefs, beaches, mountains and more. The casual-chic capital of Noumea blends Melanesian tradition, Asian-Pacific influences and French style in a stunning hillside setting.

DAY 5 – Mare, New Caledonia

ARRIVES 09:00 DEPARTS 17:00 (TENDERED)

Relax in one of the three Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia. Surround yourself with lagoons teeming with marine life, walk beside fossilised coral rock and discover secret grottoes.

DAY 6 – Lifou, Loyalty Island

ARRIVES 08:00 DEPARTS 17:00 (TENDERED)

The largest of the three Loyalty Islands, Lifou is made of fossil coral, the geological legacy that shaped its diverse, dramatic scenery of immaculate beaches, precipitous cliffs, deep forests and immense caves.

DAY 7 – (CRUISING)

  • 10:00 am – 12.30pm Class 3 Commences
  • Onboard Scrap Store Open ½ hour prior and after classes.
  • Lunch
  • Feel free to return to conference room to complete class work or do your own pages.

DAY 8 – Suva, Fiji

ARRIVES 08:00 DEPARTS 17:00 (DOCKED)

Sparkling white sands, cobalt seas, verdant rainforest and brilliant sun define the islands of Fiji. The largest is Viti Levu, home to most Fijians and the vibrant capital, Suva, the national and regional centre for politics, business and education.

The museum offers wonderful insights into Fiji’s history, culture, people and languages.

DAY 9 – Lautoka, Fiji

ARRIVES 08:00 DEPARTS 17:00 (DOCKED)

Fiji’s second-largest city has been dubbed the Sugar City, given the importance of this crop. In Lautoka you can admire the tree-lined streets and colonial homes, and shop for Indian saris and traditional Fijian handicrafts in the market.

– OPTIONAL CLASS MAY BE OFFERED IN THE AFTERNOON.  (*additional cost)

DAY 10 – (CRUISING)

  • 10:00 am – 12.30pm Class 4 Commences
  • On-board Scrap Store Open ½ hour prior and after classes.
  • Lunch
  • Enjoy on-board activities or return to scraproom to work on your own projects.

DAY 11 – Vavau (Neiafu), Tonga

ARRIVES 08:00 DEPARTS 17:00 (TENDERED)

Home to indigenous bird species, hundreds of exotic plants, high quality vanilla, and minutes from a humpback whale sighting; Neiafu leaves plenty to be explored.

DAY 12 – Naku ‘Alofa, Tonga

ARRIVES 08:00 DEPARTS 17:00 (TENDERED)

Studded with sleepy villages that are home to roaming pigs and more churches than houses, the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga is a unique destination, with long stretches of white-sand beaches and clear waters for those looking to explore.

DAY 13 – (CRUISING)

  • 10:00 am – 12.30 pm Class 5 Commences
  • On-board Scrap Store Open ½ hour prior and after classes.
  • Lunch
  • Again feel free to return to work on projects or be a little adventurous and take on some of the on-board activities.

DAY 14 – (CRUISING)

  • No class today.
  • Conference room open to finish off any projects during the day
  • All personal supplies to be packed up and taken from room back to your cabin by 4.00pm
  • Enjoy your last day on-board.

DAY 15 – ARRIVES 06:00  Auckland, New Zealand

Nestled between two harbours and surrounded by volcanic landscapes, New Zealand’s largest city is scenic. Auckland also boasts a cool cosmopolitan vibe, with hipster districts, a big Maori population and growing Asian communities.

After a day of exploring the world, its exotic cuisine and interesting cultures, there’s nothing better than returning to the comfort of your private stateroom. Every one of the staterooms are designed to be a comfortable, relaxing place for you to rest after your adventures. The staterooms vary by ship but every room offers a television, telephone, private bathroom, shower, vanity area and even a hair-dryer.

Balcony Staterooms

Open your private balcony door and take in the beautiful view. It’s a great way to get close to every destination and make the most of your holiday at sea.

Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms with Balcony offer a spectacular view, small sitting area and a private balcony.

Balcony

Oceanview Staterooms

You’ll never miss a moment of the breathtaking scenery just outside your window.. These larger staterooms offer a gorgeous view, two twin beds and a private bathroom.

Oceanview

Interior Staterooms

Spend your days on board by the pool, on sports deck or scrapbooking in the conference room. Then relax at night in the comfort of your interior stateroom.

These nicely appointed rooms are excellent value.  The standard stateroom offers two twin beds, a private bathroom and all the facilities of a standard staterooms.

Interior

This information will be provided to booked in guests closer to the travel date.

You will need to bring along a normal basic scrapbooking tool kit.  Similar to what you would bring to any retreat.

Items to definitely include:

  • craft matt – needs only to be a small A4 mat but something to use with your craft knife.
  • craft knife
  • small scissors (blades to be no longer than 4″)
  • edge distressor
  • adhesives….lots of them  (include tape runners/adhesive tape and glues for embellishments)

Optional Extra’s  (not necessary but certainly helps if you have them

  • mini mister
  • apron
  • baby wipes (to clean up your area and hands) – no taps in the conference room to wash hands.

You will be given kits for each class so its not necessary to bring along other scrapbooking products unless you have something specific in mind you want to work on whilst away.

Closer to the sailing date I will give you photograph requirements which you can either bring from home or cut up white card stock to relevant sizes so you can use on layouts and replace with a real photo when you have a suitable one.