Posted by: maureenc | December 28, 2011

Christmas cruise in the south pacific

On Sunday, December 17, 2011, the Pacific Dawn finally drew away from Brisbane Portside, only four hours late!

(I wondered, if Farewell to Brisbane this ship still had a hex on it)

The reason for delay, was truly valid: Strong winds and narrow(ish) shipping lane meant that the wind-age of the ship would pose navigational difficulties.

Slowly, under the surveillance of two tugs, the ship passed under the dual Gateway bridges, passed Luggage Point, and north into Moreton Bay.

It was amazing to everyone on Deck 12 how little space remained between the ship’s masts/radars and the under surfaces of the bridge.

I guess it is not attempted during peak King tides. By the time we passed Bribie Island and Caloundra, all that could be seen was the street lights along the coast line.

Next day (Monday) the winds had eased and the ship was charging along at 22.5 knot, arriving at Noumea ,Tuesday early afternoon.

Light clouds peppered the sky as the Pacific Dawn wove her way through the protective barrier reefs to the port of Noumea.


  1. love hearing about your trip!

  2. My brother and his wife have very much enjoyed the cruises they have taken recently. I am worried that I would be seasick.


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