We’re back at sea after two days in New Caledonia and back into the sea-faring routine, which, to my surprise, is just as enjoyable to the kids as a day on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
We’re woken this morning by the sound of tenders being lowered from beneath our balcony, ready to take us ashore to the Isle of Pines. There are islands dotting the turquoise waters all around us, heavily wooded with pine trees and ringed with brilliant white sand.
Ah, Noumea! After days of agonising over the vast array of shore excursions, we find a visitor centre offering even more and settle on the Explorer Bus day pass. For $10 each we can hop on and off all around the island.
We’re starting to get the hang of cruising and have even formed a little routine - or at least started to see the need for one. For as far as you can see in every direction there is water, which varies in colour from dark grey to dark blue.
Day 1 on Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas was longer than I had planned: while it promised boarding a big and exciting cruise ship, it largely involved sitting endlessly in Circular Quay waiting to leave.