IMAGINE spending seven nights on a P&O cruise being looked after from dawn 'til dusk as you gaze at the beautiful waters of the South Pacific.

Innes Park resident Judy Mason doesn't have to, after receiving one of the best phone calls of her life last week when she was announced as the NewsMail Cruise Competition winner.

"The phone rang and the person asked to speak to Judith Mason and I thought I was in trouble," she said.

"I usually go under Judy but when I entered the competition I thought they might say well your passport says Judith so you can't go.

"I laughed and cried and thought this is unbelievable."

Still pinching herself days later, Mrs Mason said she planned on taking her 94-year-old mother on the trip aboard the Pacific Dawn.

"She lives in New Zealand and will be 95 when we go on the cruise," she said.

"I thought about going at winter time because thinking about my mum it will be freezing cold in Christchurch and will be great for her to get away.

"I've asked my sister to join us and a dear friend who actually shouted me on a cruise many years ago so I'll be returning favour."

NewsMail media sales manager Ingrid Barham said 81% of NewsMail readers intended to take a holiday in the next 12 months so the travel section in Living in Style Magazine was proving popular.

"For the summer edition of Living in Style magazine we partnered with one of Bundaberg's leading retail travel agencies and cruise specialists, Travel and Cruise Bundaberg, to deliver a competition that would relate to our readers," she said.

"We've got some exciting plans for our autumn 2015 edition, so watch this space."



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