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We flew from Brisbane to Sydney to take this cruise. We wanted to see the Isle of Pines in particular. The first day out of Sydney the captain announced engine trouble - one propellor shaft was not working. He further announced that the ship would miss two of its four ports - and that meant no Isle of Pines. The shipped limped along at half speed or less until we got to Noumea. The ship was due into Sydney at 0700 on Friday 19th Oct. We had a flight booked to leave at 3pm - plenty of time one would think. The first day out of Noumea the captain advised everyone with onward journeys to change their plans to flight leaving no earlier than 7 pm. We were compensated by reimbursing us 2 days of the cost of the cruise. That was the bad part. The good part was the entertainment - those guys and gals are brilliant - starting with Spencer Chester the piano man. He is the best entertainer and gets the crowd singing and rocking. See more at: https://www.facebook.com/officialspencerchester/ An unexpected delight was The Highly Strung Rock and Roll Orchestra. This talented quartet features two classically trained violinists, a rock guitarist and a young singer and flute player. They are high energy, fun and engaging. We loved them. See more at: https://www.facebook.com/highlystrungrockandrollorchestra/ Congratulations t0 Pablo, the cruise director and the whole team for keeping us busy and happy for so many slow cruising days. We found the food good. Here are some tips. Order two entrees or two mains as the portion sizes in the restaurants are small. We liked Angelo's - Italian and Dragon Lady - Modern Asian. We highly recommended eating breakfast in the dining room. The Greek poached eggs with smashed avocado and feta yoghurt dressing was superb.

A truncated exploration of French Pacific islands

Pacific Eden Cruise Review by Ferny Lady

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We flew from Brisbane to Sydney to take this cruise. We wanted to see the Isle of Pines in particular. The first day out of Sydney the captain announced engine trouble - one propellor shaft was not working. He further announced that the ship would miss two of its four ports - and that meant no Isle of Pines. The shipped limped along at half speed or less until we got to Noumea. The ship was due into Sydney at 0700 on Friday 19th Oct. We had a flight booked to leave at 3pm - plenty of time one would think. The first day out of Noumea the captain advised everyone with onward journeys to change their plans to flight leaving no earlier than 7 pm. We were compensated by reimbursing us 2 days of the cost of the cruise.

That was the bad part.

The good part was the entertainment - those guys and gals are brilliant - starting with Spencer Chester the piano man. He is the best entertainer and gets the crowd singing and rocking. See more at: https://www.facebook.com/officialspencerchester/

An unexpected delight was The Highly Strung Rock and Roll Orchestra. This talented quartet features two classically trained violinists, a rock guitarist and a young singer and flute player. They are high energy, fun and engaging. We loved them. See more at: https://www.facebook.com/highlystrungrockandrollorchestra/

Congratulations t0 Pablo, the cruise director and the whole team for keeping us busy and happy for so many slow cruising days.

We found the food good. Here are some tips. Order two entrees or two mains as the portion sizes in the restaurants are small. We liked Angelo's - Italian and Dragon Lady - Modern Asian. We highly recommended eating breakfast in the dining room. The Greek poached eggs with smashed avocado and feta yoghurt dressing was superb.
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