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Proof finding love while travelling works

If it weren’t for travel, I wouldn’t be here. My parents would have never met, I would not be born. My hubby (whose parents also met while one was travelling) would also not be born and the most likely blonde or red-headed versions of us would never have their relationship inspired by, tested, or reinvigorated by travel.


Imagine the love stories lost by a lack of travel. 


In 2018, Maddison’s and Sam’s families, from the NSW Central Coast and Taree respectively, were unknown to each other as they travelled to Brisbane to cruise on Pacific Dawn.   



“Both of our families randomly decided to go on a cruise,” said Maddison, who is a childcare educator.   


“When we got on the ship, we kind of checked each other out and kept on walking. A couple of days later we bumped into each other and exchanged a couple of words.   


“And then later when we met in the kids club and actually spoke to each other, we really hit it off.”  


Once onboard, the teenagers met and spent hours enjoying activities in the kids club and each other’s company. And when the cruise was over, Maddison and Sam stayed in touch travelling by rail to visit each other — a five-hour trip each way.    


Maddison loved Gatsby Night onboard Pacific Dawn so much that, with cruises on pause, she recreated the onboard theme night at home for her eighteenth birthday


After obtaining their driving licences, they found a more convenient way to keep the friendship and the romance blooming.   


The young couple just announced their wedding plans after meeting four years ago.


They posted their news on the P&O Facebook page and so followed the biggest response to an individual post for the past 12 months.


In little more than 24 hours, the ultimate feel-good post had reached more than a quarter of a million P&O followers, inspired numerous shares, attracted more than 5000 ‘likes’ and resulted in more than 700 comments. Many of the comments were from other couples, young and older, wanting to share the good news that they too had found their life partners on a P&O cruise.   


Maddison and Sam’s only regret is that due to the cruising pause they can’t have their April wedding onboard a P&O ship.  


“We definitely want to go on cruises,” Maddison said. 


“We absolutely love cruising and so does my family. We can’t wait to go on another.”


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Published: 21 February 2022

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