Every shade of blue. Water as soothing as a bath. Bleached sand. What more could your heart desire for an Island escape. We only booked one excursion through the ship and that was the tour on Noumea, for the others, including the Isle of Pines, our attitude was ‘we’ll see when we get there.’
Cruising was gaining popularity among our fellow Australians, I had already followed the masses to Hawaii the year earlier and had taken the path less traveled to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan in the past. My travel buddies and I began to contemplate whether we should follow suit and join the hoards of people holidaying on board cruise ships, although hesitant that we were possibly joining a potential trend that was no more than a novelty.