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Day 11 - At sea heading toward Vanuatu

A time to reflect a little


Leisurely morning, can see land so we must be passing islands. Today there is an Art Auction and I have decided I want to see how they operate. I arrived way too early so I have a good look through the Jewellery Store as well as some of the other shops. Unlike the Sun Princess and Arcadia, I have not found any "real" jewellery pieces here I like. They also don't seem to have as many pieces. There are lots of ways that I could compare the three cruise lines and for me the Aussie P&O comes in third most of the time.

Let's start the comparison with the rooms, all three cabins I have experienced have had a balcony. The Sun Princess had a sliding door out to the balcony, whereas the other two have hinged doors, the Arcadia door would not stay open but on the Pacific Jewel it does stay open. They all have comfortable beds and air conditioning that doesn't really work properly, Aussie P&O has a lamp and drawers in the study desk that act as a bedside table whereas on the others there was a separate bedside table. The TV size was about the same on the Princess and Aussie P&O and was positioned in the corner near the balcony door, the Arcadia TV was larger and mounted on the wall opposite the bed/s. The wardrobes are probably the same on all three just a slight variation on layout. Size of the bathrooms is also similar, so don't bring a cat to any of them!

More later on the comparisons! I went to the Art Auction, which there was a lot of interest in, and I couldn't understand why until the fellow started. Apparently the give away pieces of art as lucky door prizes. From what I could see most of what they are selling are prints, some limited editions and signed. The sale at auction is final, unless otherwise stated the artwork is unframed and there are additional costs for shipping outside the US. The fact that the ship sails in and out of Australia and therefore most of the passengers will be from Australia seems to have escaped these guys. Anyway the first few prints were passed in then there was a sale, more passed in then a door prize draw. Some people then seemed to lose interest. The poor auctioneer seemed to lose concentration just a little when two young girls came in wearing just bikinis to talk with a woman in the seated section. One of the young women kept gesturing towards her breasts so I am not sure what the problem was but fortunately they didn't stay long.

It really amuses me that they have "rules" - dress standards for the lounges and dining areas but they don't enforce them. Anyway it was interesting to see how the run the art auctions on board. After finishing my cocktail I head off to see what else is happening. I have a hot chocolate then head back to my room for a while. It is really pleasant on the balcony in the afternoon.

There are a lot of people waiting outside the restaurant when I arrive but I don't have to wait long for Sylvia, and we head in to the table they have booked. The two couples didn't turn up so it's just the two of us. Stewards come around with menus and water. We have a rather enjoyable dinner and part ways agreeing to meet in the theatre for the evening show which again is a musical production. Not bad but unlike on the Princess and Arcadia the theatre is half empty.

After the show, Sylvia wants to check out the band in the Atrium and I head off to one of the lounges to check out the karaoke. I find a table on the edge of the room so I can make a quick escape if needed. Unfortunately after I order a drink an ignorant mother with her three daughters comes along and stands right in front of me. Now I can't see anything, eventually they move slightly and I can see a bit of the stage between their heads. Given this is a bar, and it's 10.30pm I would have thought kids wouldn't be allowed but the waiters are back and forth and say nothing. The first guy is pretty good, the next was kind of ok and the next couple are pretty good. A couple of drunk guys step up and are fairly bad but not bad enough to be funny. Time for me to head off I think!

Posted by Christinesolo 07:24 Archived in Vanuatu

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