Escape Travel Consultant Jono Jerram recently returned from an exotic cruise through the South Pacific. P&O hosted a familiarisation trip for some of our top agents and Jono was lucky enough to experience a nine night cruise to Port Vila, Lifou and Isle of Pines. We had a chat to Jono to find out his favourite memories of his South Pacific adventure.
The first stop of the cruise was Port Vila for a heart pumping introduction to the island.
“In Port Vila, after walking off our sea legs, we wandered around the local markets and purchased some souvenirs. Then we headed to the harbour to enjoy our first excursion, a Thrilla in Vila jet boat ride. It was fantastic! We walked away thoroughly soaked but with our adrenaline pumping,” said Jono.
Perhaps the most memorable event of the trip for Jono was a visit to the pristine Cascade Falls in Port Vila.
“Without a doubt, the most exciting activity of the trip was abseiling down the Cascade Falls. After a steep climb to the top of the falls we stopped to admire the beautiful views over the ocean. Everyone was then shown the ropes before we abseiled down the fifty metre waterfall to the pools below. It was an exhilarating experience,” said Jono.
Known for its spectacular scenery, Jono also enjoyed an excursion to the idyllic shores of Isle of Pines.
“The natural beauty of Isle of Pines just blew me away. It was absolutely stunning and incredibly peaceful. We were lucky enough to enjoy the Natural Aquarium, where you can snorkel in an amazing sheltered lagoon, surrounded by the tall pines for which the island is known,” said Jono.
In between all the adrenaline pumping activities Jono made sure he found time to relax. Sitting in the hot tubs onboard the Pacific Pearl with a beer in hand became his favourite way to spend the afternoon. However, the most relaxing activity he encountered on the cruise was a hobby he had never considered before.
“Surprisingly, one of the most relaxing activities I did was knitting onboard the cruise to create a blanket for the children of Port Vila. I enjoyed the challenge having never done it before and actually found it quite cathartic!” said Jono.
For many hungry travellers, time spent on a cruise means hitting up the generous buffets. This was no exception for Jono who raved about the food on his return.
“The quality and sheer amount of food onboard was amazing. The menu choices were constantly outstanding at the Waterfront Restaurant. We also dined at Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill, where we feasted on succulent lamb cutlets and Luke’s signature dessert, Liquorice Parfait,” shared Jono.
Jono also found the time to learn a new skill, attending a cocktail making course on the cruise.
“At the Mix Bar, we all had a great time laughing with each other and making our delicious drinks. Someone would always spill something and mistakes are unavoidable. We made four different cocktails in total and the last one we made was an amazing dessert cocktail. There was a competition for who could make the best dessert cocktail which of course I ended up winning. The prize? Another cocktail! What a great way to spend an afternoon,” said Jono.
One of the highlights of cruising is the opportunity to enjoy the journey as well as the destination. Jono was very impressed with the facilities onboard the Pacific Pearl and recommended the cruising experience as a whole.
“The Pacific Pearl is a floating hotel that has everything you could need including restaurants, bars, entertainment, pools and hot tubs. A cruise really does help you to experience each destination to its fullest,” said Jono.
Looking for a perfect cruise getaway? Contact Jono Jerram on 07 5658 5400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Jono is a consultant at Escape Travel’s Burleigh Heads store in Queensland.