Couple who met as kids on cruise now engaged

When Maddison Moses and Sam Brisby agreed to go on a cruise with their families, they had no idea it would end in their own “Titanic moment”.

Maddison Moses and Sam Brisby had no idea they would fall in love when they agreed to join their families on a 12-day cruise.

The then teenagers vividly remember the first time they locked eyes, with Maddison describing it as an instant connection.

“The first day we got on the cruise I actually walked past Sam and we noticed each other straight away, but we kept walking,” an excited Maddison, from Taree, on the mid North Coast, told

“There were a few more times we walked past one another and checked each other out.”

However, it wasn’t until they met in the Pacific Dawn cruises’ ‘kids club’ when they finally built up the courage to talk to one another.

From there, the pair became inseparable, hanging out on-board the P&O ship every day until their unexpected romantic getaway came to an end.

A then 17-year-old Maddison described Sam as the “man of her dreams” and couldn’t wait to tell her parents.

“I told them on the second night (of the cruise),” she said.

“I actually slipped a note under their door saying ‘I found the man of my dreams.’

“At first they were like, ‘We told you no boyfriends until you’re 18,’ but when they met him for lunch the next day, they fell in love with him.”

Maddison, now 20, said as cliche as it sounds she knew Sam was “the one” during their “Titanic moment”.

“We were standing at the front of the ship at the bars, and he was behind me with his hand on my hand,” Maddison explained.

The pair spoke about their values, which “perfectly” aligned, and that’s when Maddison realised she had found “everything she ever wanted in a guy”.

But just as all good things come to an end, the young and in love couple had no choice but to part ways when cruise made its final dock.

“It was hard to say goodbye because we didn’t know when we were going to see each other again, especially because he lives two-and-a-half hours away in the Central Coast,” Maddison said.

“We were also still both in school, but over the next few months he would come to Taree and I would go to the Coast.”

The pair kept their relationship alive by visiting each other’s families, making the five-hour each way trip by rail as often as they could.

Fast forward four years. Sam, now 19, popped the question to Maddison on Hargraves Beach on the NSW Central Coast.

“There was chocolate and lots of food. He also set up candles all along the beach,” Maddison recalled.

“We then had a nice picnic and he popped the question, getting down on one knee.

“At first I was like, ‘Oh,’” she said, adding she was shocked.

“But I instantly said yes, that’s for sure.”

The young couple are due to tie the knot in April and while they would have loved to get married on P&O Cruises’ Pacific Dawn ship, it was farewelled from the fleet in 2017.

The pair will get married in the Hunter Valley instead.

They are currently living in Blue Haven but are hoping to buy a property at the end of the year. At this stage they haven’t settled on a location.

“We are sorry that circumstances prevented Maddison and Sam from getting married on-board a P&O ship as they wished because we actually do wedding ceremonies on board and look forward to doing so again,” P&O Cruises Australia spokesman David Jones told

“In the meantime, Maddison and Sam’s romance has been a social media phenomenon with many other couples remembering how love first bloomed for them on a cruise.”

Maddison, who is a childcare educator and Sam, who just started his journey into real estate, attracted almost 5000 likes and hundreds of comments wishing them well when the cruise company shared the couple’s love story on its Facebook page.

“Sounds like my hubby and I. Meet on p/o fair princess he was on my dining table. Love at first sight. He lived in Syd I lived in Vic 8 hours away meet half way every week then moved and married have a 21 year old now,” one woman wrote.

“Congratulations to you both. It was the same for my daughter & partner they meet on the ship 10 years ago & are now living together,” another added.

P&O Cruises also congratulated the couple in the post.

“From everyone at P&O we would like to wish you a wonderful marriage and we can’t wait to welcome you both on-board again in the future!”

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