After the disappointment of not cruising in December we made some pretty quick decisions!
1. Free 14 Day cruise option - Panama Canal 21 December 2017 to 5 January 2018 (actually 15 days)
2. Booked a 12 night cruise 17 June 2017 Sun Princess to New Caledonia and Vanuatu. We looked at our options for being away from home for 2 weeks so the builder could renovate our ensuite and this was the cheapest option. Costing $262 per night for both of us plus airfare, which were paid using Airpoints!
Our other options were:
a) A motel in Auckland would have cost close to that per night and we would still be working (not happening!)
b) A motel somewhere in NZ in winter for two weeks - not an option
c) Noosa for two weeks, an apartment is $200 per night plus rental of wheelchair accessible car hire at $130 per day plus food
Cruising is way cheaper.
It is now a month since the Christmas New Year break. My leave for both cruises has been approved. Still no confirmation on our Panama Canal cruise but the booking is on hold so there is no fear of that disappearing.