Pacific Dawn, week fantastique-55

Here we are on board the P & O Pacific Dawn.  This is our first time on a cruise holiday and I am a little in awe of the size of the ship and the number of people on board. The ship is literally packed to the brim.

On the negative side, it seems that everyone onboard is a chain smoker and has more tattoos than bare skin! I’m not sure what the story is there. I’m kind of feeling like I wandered on to a floating RSL.

Anyway, we found our way to the room.  For the seven day cruise we have a four berth inside cabin. The configuration is two sets of two bunk beds.

Pacific Dawn, week fantastique-56

Our luggage hasn’t arrived yet but I am told that it’s normal for it to take a few ours.

Just as we were getting settled in the cabin there was a pre departure fire drill and safety demonstration.  We had just been returning to the main deck when a general announcement was made about the upcoming weather conditions.  Seems we will be leaving the Port of Brisbane amid more rain.  This is no surprise as the weather seems really set in here at the moment.

Pacific Dawn, week fantastique, lido deck

We are informed that we are in for some wild weather, and can expect winds of 40 knots and a swell of 3 ½ metres once we hit open waters at about 6.30pm. I wait hoping this was a joke but the steward continued to warn that we should use caution as we walk around onboard, and will need to make full use of the rails.  This is not what I wanted to hear. I am someone who gets sea sick walking on a dock!

Mr GG had been assuring me that being on a boat this size is just like being on solid ground.

It seems I am about to find out the truth.

Lido Bar Pacific Dawn Cruise

On the positive side there is a Sail Away party scheduled for 4.30pm.

We went to take a look at the kids club and our children wanted to stay there!! That is not like my kids at all. So it looks like we will be attending the “Sail Away” Party child free.

I loe the fact that the kids are so well catered for and the child care is complimentary.

Now I just need to find a solution to my motion sickness problem.

I have my Midori Illusion in hand and I will keep you posted on the seasickness and the tattooed masses.  I have been warned that internet will be sparse.

Wish me luck!