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A cruise holiday for the whole family

By Gloria Zvillis

There's no place like home

At the beginning of October my son and I went up to Cairns for my granddaughter’s wedding, then the wedding party went on a cruise to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. A great time was had with the family. We had a fun cruise and I’d love to give you a little travel blog of my recent trip.

We started our cruise on the P&O ship Eden and started off from Cairns. Our first port was Alotau, which was quite a nice little island in Papua New Guinea, where happy locals were all wanting to sell their wares.

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Our next stop was Kitava Island where we found relics from World War II. We had a local even tell us how they fought off the Japanese.

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Then it was on to Rabaul and up onto a volcano, which has exploded twice in the last 100 years, the last one occurring at the beginning of 2000.

There were also hot springs that were so hot you could almost boil an egg in them. Very interesting!

Our next stop was Gizo Island in the Solomon Islands. By this time, it was getting very hot and humid – a bit more than I could put up with.

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The last place was Honiara, the capital, and wow, they do not have much in way of structures. They are being helped by the cruise ships visiting but life is a big struggle and it certainly makes me so grateful for what I have here in Australia.

What regions have you visited on your cruises? Let us know in the comments section below.

Gloria Zvillis
Have you visited Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands?