Hey Gunners, LOOOONG time traveler/adventurer. Been to over 100 countries over the last 15 years. Lived in the Middle East for 24 months and China for 4 years. General advice for traveling mate, live in the moment, drop your western ideas that’s been drummed into you since birth, just soak it all up for where you are for that particular moment in time, immerse yourself in the local culture and roll with whatever comes your way.
Went on a cruise for my 21st birthday with 3 mates in 2000. Noumea, Port Villa, Isle of Pine etc etc. Had a blast and it is the catalyst for the travel bug that bit me hard big time. Im sure the prices have gone up heaps but when I did it, it was a P&O Cruise $900 for 12 nights in a 4 berth bunk bed style room on the Dolphin Deck. Worst memory of the trip, it was an inner berth so no natural light. We would be waking up at 6am thinking it was midday and 4pm thinking it was 10am. Get a berth with a window. lol. Best memories of the trip cant be written on a family friendly forum. 2 of us got horribly sea sick on the 2 nights that we didnt drink. At 21 we only cared about chasing girls and drinking most nights at the various waterholes (there was about 6 bars on the ship). During the days that werent Island drop offs they had on the ship, games, trivia events, stage shows. Theres a gym and a spa and heaps of deck chairs so just chill, relax and sun bake. Great times thinking about it now.
Im actually thinking of doing a pacific trip next year on a cruise with my Wife, she hasnt been on one and this time id get a balcony deck and 5 star the trip. Been all over the world and Id happily go on another trip, theres your recommendation and praise of the cruise life.