Monday, February 11, 2013

We're going on a slow boat.... China!!!!

You how a little ways back I was complaining discussing how our bathroom is ugly and we need to do something about it? Well, the reason we never have enough money to do anything about the bathroom is the liking we have for travel!

And earlier this year, I said I wanted needed to go on a decent holiday! Well I was Googling (as you do) trips to the South Pacific or Bali or Phuket - and got as far as nagging Hubby to book a cruise to Vanuatu/New Caledonia.

But Hubby has this tendency to make sure all the options are looked at. So he said "what about Princess Cruises", whom I'd written off because they didn't have any South Pacific cruises in our timeframe. But, there was this one cruise...

...departing from Sydney, heading north via:

  • Port Douglas
  • Darwin
  • Hong Kong
  • Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Kagoshima (Japan)
  • Busan (Korea)
  • Shanghai (China)
  • Dalian (China)
and finishing up in Beijing!!!

And it's on the "big" ship the Diamond Princess!!!

So after some umming and ahhing, we are going to spend 24 days cruising and exploring Australia and Asia, then 3 days in Beijing, before flying home. We will be away for nearly a month and I am beyond excited! And just between you and me - the prices were amazing - $70 a day (per person) for the cruise and all meals! We had to pay to fly home and for our few days in Beijing, but there was NO WAY I was travelling all that way and not visiting the Great Wall!

Heaps of people have asked "are the kids coming too?" and whilst leaving them behind and upgrading ourselves to a balcony was tempting, we decided they'd enjoy the trip too (might even be educational and stuff!).

We depart on the 8th of March - 26 days and counting! The kids and I have started doing some homeschooling based on our upcoming adventure - so much fun stuff to learn! History, geography, economics, languages!!! So you can bet I will be filling you in (and thank goodness I now have something to blog about!).

Ni hao holidays!!!!!


  1. Oh how wonderful. I am pleased for you. Can't wait to hear more!

    1. We are SOOOO excited! Nice holiday, great destinations - what's not to like??

  2. OH MY GOSH!


    I'm gobsmacked. And envious. That's amazing and wonderful.

    You rock.

    1. I'm amazed Hubby decided to say yes (even though it was his idea!). Getting him to commit was the biggest thing. But yes, we rock - and it gives me great blog-fodder!

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    1. Thanks Erin - we definitely think so too! Only 25 days to go! Woot!

  4. How exciting!!! Lots of pictures, please <3

  5. Oh Wow! How awesome!!!
    I'm SO excited for you!
    I can't wait to see pics.


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